Puppetry in all its forms!

In these times of debate on inclusion, differences, questioning gender and refusing to put everything in boxes, we’ve opened our eyes to the cross-fertilization of the performing arts, to transdisciplinarity.

We return to the notion of open, consensual manipulation on both sides, while remaining rooted in the tradition of giving life to the inanimate, in order to reflect our questions about the current state of our world.

In our humble opinion, the puppetry arts have always been at the forefront of this cross-fertilization of genres and disciplines. While fully embracing more consensual but oh-so-relevant proposals, the programming for this edition of the festival aims to question the current state of our discipline in the face of all these social and cultural changes.

The program features over 150 performances of 45 shows and more than a dozen exhibitions. All this representing some fifteen countries and bringing together professionals from the four corners of the globe. Take part in numerous activities and popular gatherings that will take you to every district of the city. Join in the festivities of the 17th FIAMS biennial!

Dany Lefrançois

Dany Lefrançois biography

A graduate in interdisciplinary arts from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Dany Lefrançois perfected his training in 2003 at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec. Since then, he has developed an artistic career with several companies, working as a puppeteer and director on numerous theatrical productions. Since 2013, he has been co-artistic director of the Festival international des arts de la marionnette à Saguenay.

As a creator, his artistic approach today focuses mainly on object manipulation and formal research in puppetry. He is founder, artistic director and creator of Théâtre La Tortue Noire. Every year, he directs numerous school workshops on creation and initiation to the puppetry arts. He was the recipient of an Artistic Contribution prize awarded by the CRC-SLSJ and co-recipient of a Special Contribution Mask awarded by the Académie québécoise du théâtre. In 2019, he was named Artist of the Year at the SLSJ by the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec.