INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS OF DANCE AND MUSIC
JOIN US IN SAINT-SAUVEUR, FROM JULY 27 TO AUGUST 6, 2017
A WORD FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
After spending a year crafting a program as fine as that of our 25th anniversary, I am delighted to present you with a glittering, new and diversified edition of FASS. This year, our guests include prestigious companies performing in Quebec for the first time and Canadian artists whose originality and talent have been lauded in international circles.
Celebrated singers-songwriters Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk will open the Festival with their Moon vs Sun project. This magical happening combines the power of the duo’s songs with the creativity of young choreographers. The anniversary of Montreal will be celebrated with the hotly anticipated return of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Under the new direction of Ivan Cavallari, they will perform a selection of works from their remarkable repertoire. I am also thrilled to bring an amazing company making its first appearance on Quebec soil, L.A. Dance Project, an exceptional incubator of creativity led by Benjamin Millepied. Other highlights are Compagnie Hervé Koubi (France) surging with passion, verve and authenticity, who will present its acclaimed Ce que le jour doit à la nuit, and ProArteDanza, one of the country’s finest contemporary dance companies.
Creation has always been an important facet of the Festival, and I am proud that this edition provides a launching pad for new talent with world premieres of two works by young Montreal-based choreographers: Rose of Jericho (Skeels Danse), a combination of contemporary, classic and urban dance forms; and Threesixnine by Tentacle Tribe, redefining street dance with its unique brand of conceptual hip hop. This is a wonderful opportunity to witness the evolution of Quebec dance.
Some of our most popular shows have quickly become Festival mainstays, such as our annual date with the Orchestre Métropolitain, which returns this year to thrill music lovers, and A Night with the Stars, in which I will have the pleasure of sharing the stage with international stars of the dance world.
Our festival has become a jewel of the local cultural scene and beyond, thanks to the unwavering support of generous donors, loyal partners, and dedicated volunteers. I am grateful to them all and to our audiences, whose open-mindedness, inquisitiveness and expressions of warm appreciation inspire me and allow me to look to the future with optimism and enthusiasm.
A WORD FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
I am pleased to support Guillaume in his quest to achieve his artistic vision and maintain his reputation for excellence, which he does by offering an ever-growing public exhilarating programs filled with top-quality entertainment that satisfy the expectations of all generations.
If people sometimes travel great distances to be or perform at the Festival, it’s because our community helps keep the ambience unique, warm, and welcoming. The event’s success is based on and shared by the community. Therefore, this year, we want to further strengthen our ties with the community and expand our presence beyond the usual perimeters.
And so, along with shows in our Big Tent, the free entertainment on the Desjardins stage and our outdoor film screenings, the Festival is proud to unveil the new “Unplugged” feature on a third stage, located at Galeries des Monts. At this venue, visitors will be able to catch live, up close, acoustic performances by various artists. Another new component, fassART, will highlight the work of some 30 visual artists in restaurants and stores throughout the village.
Access to the arts for young people is very important to the Festival. This year, our youth offering will include a dance camp, a master class, and lower ticket prices for clients under 30 and the Tohu Bohu day event, which puts an emphasis on family fun and audience participation.
Once again, this year, the Festival is grateful for the precious support of its board of directors, the many volunteers and all of the wonderful people who donate their time and energy to our event. The philanthropic support of our donors, local partners and various levels of government give the Festival both its foundations and its wings, allowing it to exist and grow. Support from all of these people is a badge of honour, and we thank them all.
The Festival has become a vital cultural event in the Laurentians. Its success is a source of genuine pride for the entire community associated with it. The 2016 edition shattered attendance records in the tent and saw waiting lists for tickets. We hope that our upcoming edition will sustain that momentum and lead to an even brighter future.
L’un des plus importants rendez-vous estivaux de la danse et de musique du Québec.
- Le Devoir -
A veritable midsummer night’s dance dream.
- The Montreal Gazette -
Le Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur est l’événement chorégraphique estival le plus en vue au Canada.
- Télé-Québec -
FASS has become a cultural magnetic pole in the heart of the Laurentians.
- The Ottawa Dance Blog -
Le Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur ne cesse de se surpasser année après année.
- Journal Accès -
What makes this Laurentian resort town a must-visit are the international dance companies making their lone appearance in Canada.
- Globe and Mail -