Mons and marvels… Montréal-style!


Around 80 Québec artists gathered in Belgium for 11 days of shows, exhibitions and performances during Ailleurs en folie, an event presented by the Maison Folie in Mons, one of two cities designated European Capital of Culture in 2015.

Their showcase of contemporary art, entitled Seconde nature, was a prestigious opportunity to present works by Montréal’s artistic vanguard in theatre, dance, music, digital installations and film.

Among the many artists attending were Étienne Lepage and Frédérick Gravel (with the wild cabaret choreography of Ainsi parlait), Félix-Antoine Boutin (his Orphée-Karaoké gets ancient Greek gods and goddesses to sing), the filmmaker Stéphane Lafleur (he also plays in the band Avec pas d’casque), the choreographer and dancer Manuel Roque, and many playwrights taking part in L’Abécédaire by Olivier Choinière, a literary project that saw 13 Québec authors join forces with 13 Belgian ones.

As one of eight cities being honored at Mons 2015 (alongside Casablanca, London, Tokyo, Melbourne, Milan, Lille and Pilsen), Montréal gave ample proof of the extraordinary vitality and creativity of its young artists.