Complexions Contemporary Ballet - From Bach to BowieFriday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3, 2019, 8 p.m.
A word from the artistic director
Five years ago I took the helm of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, and it is with a constantly renewed passion and a desire to exceed your expectations that I develop the programs for this incomparable event. We are attracting an ever-growing fan base: the 2018 edition shattered all previous attendance records! This both spurs me on and fills me with pride.
I want you to discover surprising artists and dazzling works. I want to offer you creations you’ve never seen before plus some you can reconnect with; audience favourites and memorable discoveries; emotions and inspiration. I want Saint-Sauveur to be known as the definitive cultural destination and for the festival to continue to be the must-see annual summer event for dance fans of all ages.
You will notice that women choreographers are showcased in this year’s Festival, which opens with the striking energy of Dorrance Dance whose director, Michelle Dorrance, won the MacArthur Genius Grant for her singular and innovative reimagining of tap dance. Also from New York: Complexions Contemporary Ballet – a company co-founded by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson that wooed festival-goers back in 2001 – will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a program inspired by Bach and David Bowie.
The Indigenous company Red Sky Performance, directed by Sandra Laronde, will present the Quebec premiere of Trace, in which contemporary acrobatic dance is infused with ancestral traditions. I have the immense pleasure of devoting an evening to the works of choreographers Anne Plamondon, Gioconda Barbuto and Hanna Kiel, with two Quebec debuts and a world premiere among them.
Our big top is the setting for appearances by two jewels of the Quebec music scene: the marvellous Orchestre Métropolitain, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who continues to indulge Saint-Sauveur audiences, and Les Violons du Roy, returning after a 20-year absence with a concert that retraces the remarkable trajectory of this beloved ensemble.
Lastly, to mark my fifth anniversary with the Festival, I am pleased to present the world premiere of my new creation, Crypto, which is the fruit of a collaboration with some of my favourite artists, all world-class. I could not imagine a better place to realize this dream than here at home, at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur.
I wish you a wonderful Festival and look forward to dancing for you!
A word from the executive director
I am very pleased to invite you to the 2019 season of FASS, the result of a year of work in which Guillaume Côté’s artistic vision has been a great source of inspiration and motivation. It is a pleasure for me to support his dynamism so that this vision can be given shape on the stage, in the park, and in the streets of Saint-Sauveur. After last year’s edition of FASS shattered all records, our artistic director brings us a sparkling and eclectic new program filled with premieres, artistic collaborations and some familiar faces.
I have been fortunate to have an amazing team of passionate, knowledgeable and dedicated people plus a community united in the desire to give festivalgoers of all ages many magical moments, lasting memories and a longing to return. This is why it is imperative that we give back to the community. Last year’s success, spurred by free, participative activities, has prompted us to offer additional workshops and shows so that even more people can get up and dance on the Desjardins stage with FASS artists.
In addition to the popular outdoor screening of dance films in Georges-Filion Park, we are very proud to present films created by young Indigenous artists with the support of Wapikoni Mobile; these works express the richness of their cultures, which are deserving of a wider audience. The fassART portion of our program will again showcase the talent of regional artists with some 30 works exhibited in several local galleries. In support of the next generation, we are giving young dancers from our region a venue to present works in a professional setting, a chance to meet international visiting artists at a dance camp, and the opportunity to attend master classes taught by ballet icon Anik Bissonnette.
As our Festival grows, it requires increased support. We could not continue without the trust and guidance of our board of directors, the generosity of donors and business people, and support from all levels of government. My sincerest thanks go to all the precious allies who make this event possible, and I hope that everyone enjoys our magnificent 2019 Festival.
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 -