The 29th Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur: A Shared Solitude,20 artists, 20 creations, 1voice

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Montreal, May 14, 2020. Undaunted by the challenges and constraints the current pandemic has imposed on us all, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (FASS) has created an innovative way to bring you a unique and memorable FASS 2020 edition. Focusing on Quebec resilience, solidarity and creativity, it is with great pride that Guillaume Côté, the artistic director of the Festival, announcesthis remarkable project: A Shared Solitude.

Conceived as a collaboration between Guillaume Côté, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur and the Orchestre Métropolitain, this 29th edition of FASS truly enables us to fulfil our mission of creativity in dance and music with this commission of 20 new, original creations.

Each Sunday, starting July into September 2020, and accessible on digital platforms, FASS will present 10 original solos designed by 10 choreographers on the music of 10 Quebec composers. “20 artists, 20 creations, 1 voice”will rise to affirm that art isthe mirror of the society in which it exists, and that it can flourish even in exceptional circumstances.

FASS is so fortunate that the privileged relationship it has had for many years with the Orchestre Métropolitain has enabled this great collaboration with the musicians from the orchestra and artistic director and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin to pair 10 Quebec composers with these choreographers.

Among these creations, we can already confirm the performances of:

– Daina Ashbee on a score by Alejandra Odgers performed by flautist Caroline Séguin

– Marie Chouinard on a score by Louis Dufort performed by percussionist Alexandre Lavoie

– Guillaume Côté with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the piano on a score by Éric Champagne

– Anne Plamondon on a score by Cléo Palacio-Quintin performed by trombonist Patrick Richer

– Crazy Smooth on a score by Marc Hyland performed by clarinetist Simon Aldrich

Because this 2020 FASS edition will be digital it will make it more accessible than ever in Quebec, Canada and abroad, while remaining connected to Saint-Sauveur. Each week, vignettes produced by director Louis-Martin Charest will offer a window into the progress and work of the artists.

The artists shine in their power to transform the world and to unite us by expressing what we have in common beyond our differences. Their imagination is never in quarantine. At a time when so much is being questioned under the influence of uncertainty and anxiety, art offers a breath of fresh air and a holistic relief from anxiety. With A Shared Solitude FASS aspires to rekindle hope and illustrate the strength of creation.

The Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur recognizes the generous support of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et de Lettres du Québec, Tourisme Québec, Tourisme Laurentides and the City of Saint-Sauveur. FASS also wishes to thank its corporate partners, volunteers and donors who strongly believe in its mission and in the power of the arts to serve as a creative balm for collective injuries. www.festivaldesarts.ca

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