A WORD FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR GUILLAUME CÔTÉ
I am proud to unveil the best of the dance world to you for our 27th season. Bringing together classical, contemporary and avant-garde repertory with next generation and stars of today, the program is an infusion of excellence, energy and beauty and I present it in the hopes that it will touch your soul and inspire you all.
This starts right from the opening where we present something never before seen at the Festival; a full-length ballet which will carry us through the most celebrated love story of all time, from its sublime beginning to its tragic end. BalletMet will celebrate its 40th anniversary with us by presenting Romeo and Juliet where 26 dancers of their company will be joined by some young dancers of the Laurentians to create a wonderful memory for you.
We will then have the opportunity to experience the largest modern dance company in Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre, who is celebrating 50 years by performing across the country, with Saint-Sauveur being their only stop in Quebec. Then celebrating their 40th anniversary will be the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, bringing a mixed program of today’s edgiest choreographers.
FASS continues to support new creations by inviting three Montreal choreographers to create new pieces on the live music of Yemen Blues, an Israeli world music group that charms international audiences and will make its debut at the Festival. I will also have the pleasure to present my brand new creation to FASS’ audience accompanied by some of my National Ballet of Canada colleagues.
Two traditions at the Festival will continue to anchor us in spectacular fashion. We will host the Orchestre Métropolitain led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin making his much anticipated return to Saint-Sauveur, and then A Night with the Stars will wow us once again with its spectacular series of solos and pas de deux performed by international stars.
My success in bringing artists of such high caliber is due to the excellent reputation of the Festival. Your enthusiasm, curiosity, openness and your loyalty have cemented that reputation over the years and I am extremely grateful to you all.
I wish you an excellent Festival and I can’t wait to dance with you!
A WORD FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ETIENNE LAVIGNE
It is with great enthusiasm that I support Guillaume in the realization of the 27th season of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. This spectacular season is filled with exclusive and original new works that reflect our desire to continually develop the Festival as one of the best dance and music events in North America.
The reputation, charm and success of the Festival relies as much on the quality of its programming as on its unique ambiance carefully preserved by the community hosting our big top. The Festival has an ever-growing international presence but stays firmly anchored in the Laurentians where it is a major cultural pillar.
In gratitude to the population of our Festival’s home town, and to enable access to the arts for everyone here, FASS has created a new program, Saint-Sauveur Danse! A number of free dance classes, workshops and live music performances will get everybody dancing on and around the Scène Desjardins this summer. The very popular “Dance Films under the stars” will continue its showings in the parc Georges-Fillion and the art auction fassART will return for a second year giving you the chance to visit multiple galleries throughout the village and view around thirty pieces from talented artists.
FASS will continue its focus on encouraging youth participation by offering a dance camp, master class and reduced priced tickets. Also this year, an entire day will be dedicated to the next generation of dancers with Un pas vers le futur which will give us a chance to see young artists from the region give their first performance at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. A great opportunity to look for the stars of tomorrow!
The organization of a growing festival depends on the financial support, trust and devotion of a great many people. I want to heartily thank all of our faithful allies; the Board of administration, our volunteers and the wonderful FASS team that will help the audience live a memorable two weeks experiencing the beauty of artistic creation. Thank you to our generous donors, the local commerce and all the levels of government that stimulate our development and allow us to always push the limits of what is possible.
The success of this event is a true source of pride for the entire community associated with it. It is your Festival as much as it is ours and I hope that you will enjoy it!
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 -