1 VOICE

    Digital rendez-vous

    In collaboration with
    the Orchestre Métropolitain


A Shared Solitude

This 2020 edition of FASS will be exceptional.

It will be based on a collaboration between Guillaume Côté and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur and the Orchestre Métropolitain.

It will strengthen our support for creation in dance and music.

It will be an exceptional presentation of 10 solos created by 10 choreographers on the music of 10 Quebec composers, united by the COVID-19 crisis and the upheaval it has caused.

It will be exceptionally digital and more accessible than ever in Quebec, the rest of Canada and abroad, while remaining connected to Saint-Sauveur. This summer, each week, you will see short films produced by the director Louis-Martin Charest, who will offer us a window into the journey and the work of the artists.

20 artists, 20 creations, one voice will rise to affirm that art is the mirror of the society in which it exists, and can flourish, even in exceptional circumstances.


A word from the artistic director

Guillaume Côté

Due to this crisis that we are all currently living through, it is impossible for us to present the 2020 edition of FASS in its usual format. However, our team has conceived of a way to turn obstacles into opportunities and do its best to bring you an exceptional edition focused on Québec’s resilience, solidarity and creativity. It is with great pride that I announce this exciting project, “A Shared Solitude.”

I have asked 10 Québec choreographers from different generations and styles to create 10 solo works inspired by this pandemic and the profound changes it has wrought. Owing to the special relationship FASS has enjoyed for many years with the Orchestre Métropolitain, I am delighted to have the collaboration of conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin in pairing up 10 Québec composers with those choreographers.

These new works will be filmed for your viewing and will be set outdoors in Saint-Sauveur wherever possible. They will be aired online throughout the summer, along with interviews that Yannick Nézet-Séguin and I will do with the artists during the works in progress. The idea is to offer an insight into the artistic process during these singular times in our history.

Artists have the power to change the world and bring us together by expressing what we have in common, beyond our differences; their imagination is never limited by quarantine. At a time when everything is in question and we are gripped by uncertainty and anxiety, art provides a breath of fresh air and an anti-anxiety remedy with no ill side effects. Shared solitude is our means to revive hope and demonstrate the power of creation.

I am looking forward to the prospect of all of us, together, following and experiencing the work of 20 remarkable artists, physically separated, but united by the conviction that if art can emerge from constraints, it can certainly emerge from confinement. I am very eager to have you discover these works, which will affirm our humanity and the resources that reside within each of us.

Looking forward to sharing this solitude with you!



A word from the executive director

Etienne Lavigne

It is with heavy hearts that we must resign ourselves to the fact that the Big Top will not be erected at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur this summer for our 29th season. We have made this decision in compliance with government orders banning all gatherings, but above all because we want our audiences, the artists and our team to stay safe.

However, Guillaume Côté’s undimmed passion and faith in artistic innovation have led him to create a new and inspiring project, “A Shared Solitude”, and present you with a special alternate FASS 2020 edition. In the coming months we will be proudly giving Québec and Canadian artists carte blanche to chronicle our history during these difficult times, by creating digital experiences.

Coping with this crisis, while supporting and documenting the creative process, would not be possible without the unflagging support of many organizations and individuals. We wish to thank all levels of government for their support: Heritage Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Tourisme Québec, Tourisme Laurentides and the City of Saint-Sauveur. We would also like to thank our corporate partners who believe firmly in our mission and in the power of the arts to serve as a creative balm for our collective pain. The unshakeable trust of our Board of Directors and the generosity of our donors and volunteers are inspiring and I give heartfelt thanks to those treasured allies who enable us to support artists and their work.

Essential workers and the medical community will guide us out of these troubled times and we owe them an immense debt of gratitude. Artists’ strength lies in their capacity to adapt and collaborate. Their willingness to offer light to vanquish darkness gives us hope and fuels our recovery. By sharing our solitude, we know that everything will be all right.