OFFTA STARTS TODAY!
LA SERRE – arts vivants has enthusiastically launched today the 16th edition of the OFFTA festival, which will be held from May 27 to June 5, 2022. Discover dazzling works put forward by the new generation of interdisciplinary artists, reconnect with the festival experience and come to meet this experience which they are eager to share.
LAUNCH OF THE FESTIVITIES
Eager to start the festivities, the OFFTA actually started a day before its official opening with the show Invisible by the artist Aurélie Pedron (Lilith & cie), a continuous performance of 72 hours with 9 dancers and a dog, where spectators are invited to present themselves day and night at lavi – Laboratoire Arts Vivants et Interdisciplinarité.
The official opening day, meanwhile, began at 1:30 pm on the Place de la Paix with the participatory installation Cabine/Trace by the artist Guillaume Saindon (2359). The work reflects on the changing status of the objects that build our daily lives and memories. The project is inspired by the story of a telephone booth installed in 1948 in the Mojave Desert for miners in the region.
Then at 5pm at Usine C for the opening 5@7 of the OFFTA. Nate Yafe’s faith hole will follow at 8 pm. Nate will peel one by one the modesty that afflicted his body, in a fiery ballet. In this quest for freedom, Nate explodes and pours out carnal tales of disarming vulnerability and humour.
Finally, festival-goers will be able to end their day with an online story from Bedtime Stories, told by young storytellers, led by artist Kamini Ramachandran, live from Singapore just before falling asleep on this busy first day of OFFTA. Bedtime Stories is a project by artist Joshua Sofer (UK), bringing together the Norfolk & Norwich Festival (UK), StoryFest – International Storytelling Festival Singapore (Singapore) and OFFTA (Quebec).
A CLOSURE UNDER THE SIGN OF THE WHALE
The festival will end in a sumptuous bacchanal! On June 5th, join in for the closing evening. The show Feu de forêt by Safia Nolin and Maryse Goudreau will rock you. The artists will share their common passion for cetaceans in a DIY ode to the living. The evening will descend to an indocile from the basement of a church, where you are invited to put on your most festive whale costume to dance until the end of the night!