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Tuba-Man Danced, and so Did We!
August 2013 Except for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, photos are by
During the whole festival shows at the Big-Top were performed to full
houses and standing ovations. The BC Ballet opened with an astounding
performance by enthusiastic young, superbly trained dancers, who performed
in perfect unison. “Aniel” choreographed by Emily Molnar, the Artistic
Director, with the cheerful colourful costumes; Herman Schmerman with
dancer Gilbert Small pirouetting in a skirt, delightful! “Muse”,
choreographed by Nicolo Fonte, featuring two amazing male dancers: Darren
Devaney and Dario Dinuzzi, ending with a dancer rolling into the smooth
flooring material, later used on the whole stage. “Petite Cérémonie”,
choreographed by Medhi Walerski, was danced to a medley of beautiful music
by Mozart, Bellini, Rogers & Hart and Vivaldi. This was a captivating
thirty-minute piece, danced by sixteen well trained dancers, athletic,
musical and expressive. Thank you BC Ballet!
“Aterballetto” of Italy performed five pieces choreographed by Mauro
Bigonzetti. “Cantata” had the whole group sing, dance, talk and shout to
original and traditional music of Southern Italy. There was humour, and
young exuberant Folk-style dancing, pushing, shoving, jumping, lifting and
hugging. The standing ovations and calls of Bravo of the overwhelmed
audience went on and on. The dancers responded with each of them coming
forward executing a unique dance movement.
dance groups, BC Ballet and Atreballetto, featured group dances with a
tremendous amount of original movements, dancers twirling around each
other incessantly, very athletic leaps and jumps, elbow and hand
movements, body slapping sounds, spoken utterances, tremendous unison, and
magnificent duets with lifts that required exceptional trust. I am writing
this, one group is yet to be seen, the Montreal Jazz Ballet.
International dance star-studded evenings left us with memorable moments
starting with Greta Hodkinson and Ethienne Lavigne of the Ballet National
of Canada. The young prodigy Cesar Corrales leaped and soared to
unbelievable heights. Benjamin Pech and Alice Renavand of the Paris Opera
Ballet, in “Le Rendez-Vous” choreographed by Roland Petit, left a lasting
visual memory. Ida Praetorius and Andreas Kaas of the Royal Danish Ballet
danced “Traditional”, an award-winning choreography by Alessandro Pereira.
last but not least was the Quebec icon of contemporary dance Louise
Lecavalier, and Keir Knight, with a fifteen-minute performance of extracts
from choreography by Edward Lock.
preservation Hall Jazz Band musicians were individually impressive. An
absolute treat! Ronell Johnson, the TUBA man made us all get-up and dance!
He skipped and danced around the stage carrying that big instrument, as if
it is part of him, happily moving to the music. He epitomized what music
and dance are! The best way to cherish life! The Tuba-Man proved that
dance is part of life. Submit to the music! The rest is magic.
Oh what a triumph! A whole village turned into a haven for dance and music
lovers. A hub for happiness, rain and all! Life has always been beautiful,
but FASS definitely makes it so much more so!
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& Music Graces the Big Top Again
St. Sauveur has
been dressing up for the big event that brings over 25 000 people to the
village. The Saint Sauveur Arts Festival with once again brings us a
remarkable program including free outdoor shows in the park. Here are
some highlights of the festival:
Ballet BC -
Thur., & Fri., July 25 & 26, 8 pm: Contemporary dance group with
artistic director Emily Molnar is coming with a vibrant program featuring
Aniel, choreographed by Molnar herself; Petite Cérémonie, created
for Ballet BC by French choreographer Medhi Walerski; a pas-de-deux from
Herman Scherman, by the great William Forsythe; and an excerpt from
Muse, by the inventive American Nicolo Fonte.
Ballet Showcase, Sat., & Sun., July 27, 8 pm & 28, 6 pm: top dancers
from prestigious ballet companies share the stage: Herman Cornejo and
Luciana Paris, of the American Ballet Theater; Benjamin Pech and Alice
Renavand, of the Paris Opera Ballet; Étienne Lavigne and Greta Hodgkinson,
of the National Ballet of Canada; and Andreas Kass and Ida Praetorius, of
the Royal Danish Ballet. Joining them will be Canadian contemporary dance
icon Louise Lecavalier, and Cesar Corrales, the young prodigy of the
Toronto production of Billy Elliot.
rendezvous with vintage wine and remarkable dancers!
Sun., July 28, at 8 pm:
Dinner Cocktail and Silent & Live Vintage Wine Auction, where Dancers will
assume the role of auction referees, at the Chalet Pauline-Vanier, 33 rue
de l’Église, St-Sauveur. The number of tickets is limited: $50 for
performance, and $250 for the fundraiser = total $300. A Tax receipt for
the maximum eligible amount will be issued. www.fass.ca 450-227-0427 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hall Jazz Band, one of America’s most cherished cultural treasures, is
performing on Wed., July 31. Founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra
Jaffe, the band has travelled worldwide. Its current director Ben Jaffe,
the son of Allan and Sandra, plays tuba with the ensemble.
Aterballetto will be performing a program by choreographer Mauro
Bigonzetti on Thur., & Fri., Aug., 1 and 2. Under the direction of
Cristina Bozzolini, ten dancers of Aterballetto will present excerpts from
Come un respiro, Romeo and Juliet, Almost Blue, Rossini Cards and
BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal closes the festival on Sat.,
Aug., 3, with a dynamic program: Harry, created for the BJM by
the Israeli-American wunderkind Barak Marshall; Fuel, by the
Spanish-born Cayetano Soto; and Closer, by the French-born Benjamin
Festival des Arts
de Saint-Sauveur is one of the most important artistic and cultural events
devoted to dance and music in the country. It is the only major dance
festival in eastern Canada. And for us who live here it is a wonderful
Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur -
Free Shows at the
Park Filion 6 & 9 pm : Thurs.., July 25: MAFRICA — Percussion and African
Dance. Fri., Jul., 26: DANZA — Tango and Gypsy Music. Sat., Jul., 27:
PÉREZ — COMO NIEVA — Flamencos with José Luis Perez. Sun., July 28, 1-4
pm Tohu Bohu for the young and their families! Wed., Jul., 31: STUDIO
SHAKE — Hip Hop Dance. Thur., Aug., 1: JEFF ROGERS — R&B Music. Fri.,
Aug., 2: M’MICHÈLE — Electric Harp & DJ Accompanied by a DJ and bass
player, composer and harpist M’Michèle. Sat., Aug., 3: LES SORTILÈGES — A
world tour of traditional dance and music styles from around the world.
Free ZUMBA! 30-minute sessions, move with the rhythms of Latin music, and
have fun. Sat., to Thur., 5 pm by the Desjardins Stage.
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BJM Harry photo: Gregory Batardon - Photo:
Aniel - Photo: Michael Slobodian
FASS Presents a Program to Dazzle Audiences
Once again, this year’s Festival des Arts
de Saint-Sauveur (FASS) offers a variety of high calibre artists to dazzle
audiences at the big top.
BC, the internationally acclaimed contemporary dance group Ballet BC,
recently listed as one of the “25 to Watch” by the prestigious “Dance
Magazine”, will visit St. Sauveur for the first time. They will open the
festival performing twice Thur., & Fri., July 25 & 26, at 8 pm. These are
the mystery dancers we introduced to our readers last month. They bring us
a unique program in four acts danced with astounding musicality, and
unison. The Globe and Mail wrote about this dance group: “Sophisticated
choreography performed by a terrific group of dancers.”
Performance – This is a rare occasion to enjoy eleven luminary artists,
from the American Ballet Theatre, Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, Ballet
National du Canada, the Royal Danish Ballet, renowned Quebec dancer, and
an emerging artist who share the stage for two evenings - Sat., July 27, 8
pm & Sun., July 28, 6 pm.
Hodgkinson national ballet of canada photo: aleksand
Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans: Wall Street coined them “The quintessential
New Orleans Jazz Band.” These musicians will perform Wed., July 31, 8 pm.
This legendary band will perform their latest program in a one night show
of “toe-tapping rhythms and sounds of the Big Easy.”
Hall Jazz Band Photo - Shannon Brinkman
the European contemporary dance company from Italy performs Thur., & Fri.,
Aug., 1 & 2, 8 pm. This is Aterballetto’s first visit to Quebec, and first
appearance in Canada in twenty-five years. They present: Aterballetto
Suite, a program of excerpts from the works Romeo and Juliet, Almost Blue,
Come un respire, and Rossini Cards.
- Photo A. Anceschi
– Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal – is returning to St. Sauveur with works of
three renowned choreographers. Sat., Aug., 3, 8 pm.
de Montreal - Photo Von Wong
There will be pre-show and post performance discussions, and the silent
auction with artworks, hotel and spa packages and more.
This year the festival is planning busloads of people from outside our
region. So if you are a dance and music lover, order your tickets early!
Tickets to big top shows are $45 & $60. Passports: complete series, five
shows $210; or four dance shows $180. For those under the age of thirty,
there is a 50% discount. www.fass.ca. Ticketpro: 1 866 908-9090.
Free Outdoor Shows -
Enthralling evenings to enjoy at Park Filion by the Church two shows per
evening 6 & 9 pm. Thur., Jul., 25: “Mafrica”; Fri., Jul., 26: “Danza”;
Sat., Jul., 27: “Perez-Como Nieva”; Wed., Jul., 31: “Studio Shake”; Thur.,
Aug., 1: “Jeff Rogers”; Fri., Aug., 2: “M’Michèle”; Sat., Aug., 3 “Les
Sortilèges”. And, free 30-minute Zumba sessions Thur., to Sat., 5 pm, “Get
fit while having fun!”
Tohubohu: Sun., Jul., 28, 1 pm to 4 pm – For Children: Percussion, Hip-Hop,
Contemporary Dance, Break Dancing, and a performance by Janika Fortin,
circus dancer acrobat.
Dance Camp is being held Jul., 22 to Aug., 3, 10 am to 4 pm, for students
aged 12 to 18, with dancer/teacher Brigitte Valette. Sat., Aug., 3, Dance
Camp show 1 pm to 3 pm. New this year the camp opens its doors to adults
for Jazz Ballet classes, places are limited deadline is July 5. FASS 450
See you at the Festival July 25 to August 3!
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Mystery of FASS 2013!
Who are these dancers?
Photo Michael Slobodian
contrasting colours, moving, and they have interesting facial expressions.
Are they questioning something? Are they experiencing a joyful, timeless,
musical experience? Who are these dancers? Nathalie Grosshenny, the
Executive Director of the Festival des arts de Saint Sauveur, suggests
that you come to FASS!
The Festival of the Arts St. Sauveur embodies the spirit of dance, be it
traditional, ballet or contemporary, as well as music that transcends
cultural boundaries. It provides audiences with dynamic dance groups that
use movement to express reality through the original, innovative vision of
choreographers, and the passion of musicians. The performances we shall
see will touch on passion, conflict, destiny, love and death. The
dancers’ athleticism is astounding; they are trained to deliver emotion
through intricate, yet beautiful movement with precision, grace and
versatility. They take you on a journey into the heart and soul of every
part they play. During the festival, we shall hear award-winning musicians
and see stunning performances of critically acclaimed dancers and dance
The website of the festival, www.fass.ca will be updated on May 13. It
will include all the mysterious surprises the people of the festival have
worked all year to present at the Big Top, and the free shows, including
the opportunity for you to join in and dance in the
park. There will be lots to choose from, or, simply take it all with a
passport package. Whatever you choose, it is best to order your tickets
($45 - $60) in advance to ensure availability and good seats. Mark your
Calendars! Thursday, July 25 to Sat. August 3!
There will be Zumba again at the FASS this year - this time with Martine Plouffe
- July 25, 26, 27 and August 1, 2, 3 at 5 pm, 30-minute sessions - Free admission!