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and Pictures courtesey of
all started with
Guillaume Côté's "Body of Work",
“Dance me to the end of Love”
to the music of
the Gods continued to walk the stage!
This year the
dancers told us with their bodies “I am alive, I can fly, I can paint, I
can scream, and I can dream!
Martha Graham Dance Company
and dance perfection with the
tales of: “Errand”
danced by Maiya Dashkina & Lloyd
Knight; and “Echo” inspired by the Greek myth of
Narcissus and Echo. Marie Chouinard
mixed package of romantic Chopin music danced in a style of her own, and
poetry reading with the bodies of dancers, with one Hercules in their
Opera Glam Couple Ailyn Perez & Stephen Costello
gave a medley of love songs from the opera
Montreal Gospel Choir got the audience on stage!
The String Orchestra
beautiful musical program with lovely passages in
two international evenings
a ballet class
that will remain in my memory for a long time, and then he proceeded to
charm us with “Bite” with
a magnificent Russian dancer
one of the most
impressive duos in this festival.
danced some of his own choreography
describing what a dancer's body means,
a temple of art.
Francesco Gabriele Frola & Shaila D’Onofrio,
performed beautifully, Francesco Gabriele Frola actually soared upwards!
And the seasoned dancers
Greta Hodgkinson, as well as
Joaquin De Luz & Misa Kuranaga
gave us their all
in beautiful classical ballet pieces!
were eight evenings charged with the highest caliber artistry in dance
and in music. One cannot but leave it to the visual memories that
were imprinted in one's mind to recount this excellent event - courtesy
of David Asch.
is the program for the 2014 Festival
Thur., July 31, 8 pm: The next
Artistic Director of the Festival is Guillaume Côté who is co-producing
this year’s festival with current director Anik Bissonnette. The opening
night show features Guillaume Côté’s choreography: “Lost in Motion” a
short film, a solo “Body of Work”; and “Dance Me to the End of Love”, set
to music by Leonard Cohen, performed by National Ballet of Canada dancers.
And “Excerpts from Giselle” by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, a pas de
deux performed by Côté and the Bolshoi Ballet’s principal dancer, Svetlana
Lunkina; and another Côté creation: “Fractals: A Pattern of Chaos”
performed by the young Toronto troupe ProArteDanza.
Aug., 1, 6 pm: Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello For the music lovers, this
Opera singing couple comes to enchant us with music from Puccini to
Aug., 2, 8 pm: Canadian Premiere of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Three
works from the company’s repertory: “Diversion of Angels”; “Errand; and
“Lamentation Variations”. The fourth work: “Echo” choreographed by Andonis
Foniadakis will be shown for the first time in Canada. At 4 pm, there will
be a multimedia presentation about the work of Martha Graham. The
conference will be done in English. Limited seating – Please reserve early
Aug., 3, 8 pm: The spellbinding Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir returns
to the Festival with traditional gospel songs with a touch of jazz, pop,
and classical pieces.
Aug., 6, 8 pm: Appassionata and Arthur Murray Montreal. Daniel Myssyk and
his 17 musicians will play music by Grieg, Bach, and Tchaikovsky with
Guest dancers Christopher Panasuk, and Anna Akselrod.
Aug., 7, 8 p.m.: Compagnie Marie Chouinard. The company will perform “24
preludes by Chopin”; and “Henri Michaux: Mouvements” inspired by the work
of the Poet and painter whose drawings are projected in the background.
& Sat., Aug., 8 & 9, 8 pm: International Ballet: A night with the stars.
Eight internationally acclaimed principal dancers perform two different
programs of classical and contemporary dance styles – they will amaze the
audience with their beautiful soaring leaps, and graceful movements. The
dancers are: Guillaume Côté, National Ballet of Canada; Svetlana Lunkina,
Bolshoi Ballet; Joaquin de Luz, New-York City Ballet; Misa Kuranaga,
Boston Ballet; Jason Reilly, Stuttgart Ballet; Anna Osadcenko, Stuttgart
Ballet; Yukichi Hattori –Alberta Ballet; and Tara Williamson – Ballet BC.
There will be two free evening shows at Park Filion 6:30 & 9:30 pm, most
Aug., 3, is Children’s Tohu-Bohu
Big Top show tickets are $45 &
Passports: Complete Series (8
shows) $379; Dance (5 shows) $260; or Music (3 shows) $153.
Some tickets are available at
half price for those under thirty.
residents have a chance to win one of two prizes to be drawn on August 9,
at the big top; tickets for this draw are $5. The prizes are: vacation in
Mexico for two; and a 6-months rental for a Fiat.
FASS 2014 will take place July 31 to August 9
The FASS celebrates 23 years
since its inception. It is the 18th Festival held in St.
Sauveur. A significant corner stone – The number eighteen means “Life”
(in Hebrew) and it is a year for a breath of Life for this important
event. This year we shall be treated to a new and inspiring program, with
something for every taste. There will be classical ballet, as well as
contemporary dance, musicians playing classical, modern, opera and
The artists coming to the
festival are dancers and musicians who have worked hard for years
perfecting their art. The dancers learnt to make gestures that describe
visual effects, and feelings with their bodies, while creating amazing
movements to music, or making their own sounds. The musicians and singers
practiced their instruments to reach purity of sound, and unison of an
orchestra or a choir. There will be dancers leaping into unbelievable
heights, stretching their limbs out and up or contracting their bodies
into little balls, wearing dark or colourful costumes, dancing on toe
slippers, shoes, or barefoot. Internationally renowned soloists, and
dance troupes arriving from different corners of the world, to inspire
Unlike previous years, this year
each evening features a new dance or musical performance at the Big Top.
The Children’s Day of “Tohu-Bohu” is back, and so is the silent auction
featuring goods contributed by local merchants and artists! It will be
quite important to reserve your tickets early to ensure good seats, since
there will be bus-loads coming from Montreal, and the buses will also stop
in St. Jerome to pick up concert- goers!
New this year!
A Master Class for Dancers, in fact a whole day dedicated to a pioneer
dance group coming here for the first time! Oh what a treat!
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