Message from our Directors

Our 2022 season presented by our two directors, Guillaume Côté and Etienne Lavigne.

Message from Guillaume Côté, Artistic Director

photo Guillaume Côté

We are so excited to welcome you back at full capacity to enjoy this wonderful event together. It is with great pleasure that the 2022 edition of FASS is back with a dynamic full program filled with audience favourites, exciting new discoveries, and groundbreaking creations.

The arts unite us and bring colour to our lives. By bringing us together to share an experience, they affirm our humanity and give hope in a time that it is needed. The living arts strengthen our sense of community, and I am delighted to be part of this one.

As I am sure you are aware, the last two years have been extremely challenging for the arts sector. I am proud that FASS has been resilient and proactive in developing many new creative projects that have helped us to rethink how dance can be kept alive outside the stage and theatres. We rose to the challenge of the limitations imposed by the pandemic by producing beautiful and enduring works that are accessible to the world on our website.

The living arts strengthen our sense of community, and I am delighted to be part of this one.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the donors and sponsors who have supported us through this long storm. We owe our success to the dedication of our dynamic team and Board of directors, who have been very open to adapting to the new situation. Their unwavering trust has served as our compass.

I am extremely proud to bring some of the best and brightest international artists to our beautiful region. FASS 2022 will be a stellar event, with nine exciting performances under the Big Top, the return of the Dance Trails in Molson Park, the FASS Forward International Dance Film Festival in a new and improved venue, the FASS Dance Battle with Crazy Smooth at the Skate Park, free outdoor performances on the McGarrigle Stage, and an exhibition of movement-inspired art at the beautiful Rod Gallery.

The International Stars Evening brings together top classical dancers in a breathtaking programme. I will be dancing alongside superstars Cesar Corrales and Francesca Hayward (Royal Ballet), Sara Mearns (New York City Ballet), Maude Sabourin (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens), Cassandra Trenary (American Ballet Theatre), Sebastian Vinet and many others.

The following day, “Counterpoint” will take us into the fast-paced rhythms of classical and jazz music thanks to the combined talents of two virtuosos: pianist Conrad Tao and tap dancer Caleb Teicher.

Israel’s Vertigo Dance Company took the dance world by storm with choreographer Noa Wertheim’s dazzling One. One & One. Performed on a dirt-covered stage, the work explores the yearning of individuals to remain whole as they face the challenges of fragmented reality.

Supporting creation is in the FASS’ DNA and I am determined to invest in the development of artistic works that express new voices. Anne Plamondon and Virginie Brunelle are two of the most talented choreographers in Québec. The vocabulary and unique approach of both of them touches me deeply. I have invited them to each create a work for an evening of discovery for the Saint-Sauveur public.

I created Crypto at FASS in 2019. The work has evolved a lot over the last three years and I can’t wait to show its new version to the audience that saw it come to life. This dark fable, which combines classical and contemporary dance, theatre and multimedia, is written by Pulitzer Prize winner Royce Vavrek. It recently toured to great acclaim in Québec and Ontario. I will have the pleasure of performing it with three exceptional dancers: Greta Hodgkinson, Casia Vengoechea and Natasha Poon Woo.

It is always an honour and a privilege to welcome the Orchestre Métropolitain and its conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, whose prodigious talent and engaging personality are praised internationally. The OM will thrill us with an array of works from the classical repertoire, including Beethoven’s powerful 5th Symphony.

Les Ballets Jazz Montréal, known for their extreme versatility, are making a splash in Québec and abroad. The company will present a poetic programme by three female choreographers, including Crystal Pite. This is the first time in its history that FASS is presenting a work by one of the world’s greatest dance creators, who recently won a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.

The Malpaso Dance Company will close the festival on a warm Cuban note. Combining the sophistication of excellent contemporary dancers with an exhilarating dance style and lively rhythms, the company promises to invigorate the audience. I’m sure I won’t be the only one dancing in the aisles!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Message from Etienne Lavigne, Executive Director

photo Etienne Lavigne

The prospect of welcoming the public under a crowded Big Top helps sooth the pain inflicted by the pandemic. Nothing replaces the experience of sharing live art together. If you believe that anything that doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I confirm that the Festival is very strong! But I know that this didn’t happen on its own.

At the helm, we are fortunate to have a visionary, generous, charismatic and well-connected Artistic Director. Guillaume Côté who thinks of dance differently and makes every effort to introduce the public to its many facets. He made the Festival inclusive, culturally diverse, warm, welcoming and multi-generational. It is an event that attracts high-level performers to Saint-Sauveur, offers premieres and supports creation. An event that serves as a springboard for the next generation and showcases the works and talents of our artists.

Come and take your fill of freshness, beauty, originality and happiness. Come and « Vivre l’art » with FASS this summer!

Alongside the performances presented under the Big Top, we make it a point of honour to offer the public a large number of free performances and activities in different locations where the arts blend with nature and the beauty of the Laurentians.

To implement Guillaume’s plans, I am fortunate to be able to count on the energy, expertise and dedication of a wonderful team and a community proud to welcome festival-goers with their hearts, in an enchanting setting where it is good to live, to visit and to return.

Our Festival is growing and requires actions and support tailored to its growth and the scope of its mission. This includes increasing the time spent between festival seasons establishing and strengthening partnerships with other organizations, a winning formula both for the artists and the presenters.

The dynamism, unshakeable confidence and commitment of our Board of Directors, combined with the generosity of our donors, partners, businesses, sponsors, patrons, philanthropists and volunteers give us the wings to fly high. The support of elected officials and all levels of government is also so valuable. I sincerely thank these allies who allow us to support not only the artists and their work, but also to be a driving force for cultural development in our region, and to invigorate it with the talent of those we invite.

Come and take your fill of freshness, beauty, originality and happiness. Come and « Vivre l’art » with FASS this summer!

JEANNINE HALLER | Photo : Karolina Kuras

Les Grands Ballet Canadiens ECHOES |Photo : Sasha Onyshchenko

RUBBERBAND © Go-Xplor

On the program

Big Top
Night With the Stars

Night With the Stars

International Artists
28 and 29 July 2022
Big Top
Counterpoint

Counterpoint

Conrad Tao and Caleb Teicher
30 July 2022
Big Top
One. One & One

One. One & One

Vertigo Dance Company
31 July 2022
Big Top
Double Bill

Double Bill

Créations Brunelle / Plamondon
3 August 2022
Big Top
Crypto

Crypto

Côté Danse
4 August 2022
Big Top
Orchestre Métropolitain

Orchestre Métropolitain

Orchestre Métropolitain with Yannick Nézet-Séguin
5 August 2022
Big Top
Essence

Essence

Ballets Jazz Montreal
6 August 2022
Big Top
Triple Bill

Triple Bill

Malpaso Dance Company
7 August 2022
Off FASS
International Short Dance Films Festival

International Short Dance Films Festival

FASS FORWARD
21 July 2022

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