Thanks to the financial support of the Government of Quebec and the MRC des Pays-d’en-Haut, the cultural mediation project Mouvement de passage FASS allowed dance to reach out to seniors who were losing their independence, living with illness or nearing the end of their lives.
Bringing together ten artists from the Laurentians and five trainers with extensive experience in this type of approach, the project took the form of individual “performances” given throughout each facility. During these encounters, a musician and one or more dancers moved from room to room to offer a personalized performance to the residents, in the privacy of their space. Held in various accommodation facilities in the region, these encounters were an opportunity for exceptional human contact. The sense of wonder and cheer was evident in the recipients, who clearly expressed their gratitude.
As part of the Grand Prix de la culture des Laurentides, the MRC des Pays-d’en-Haut won the Prix Municipalité for the Mouvement de passage FASS project, which reaches out to vulnerable people and breaks through their isolation in a direct way, with beneficial effects to the audience through the creation of private encounters with artists, while enhancing the expertise and talents of the region.
Initiated in the spring of 2022, Mouvement de passage FASS has been renewed for the year 2023.
Following the success of this project, other municipalities have invited Mouvement de passage FASS to visit their region, including the MRC Antoine-Labelle where “performances” will be held in May 2023.