Dance rules at August Saint-Sauveur arts festival

From August 3 to 13, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur showcases the talents of choreographers, dancers and composers from across Canada and abroad.

Now in its 25th year, it has become one of the largest artistic and cultural events in Canada. This year’s artistic director is Guillaume Côté, the National Ballet of Canada’s principal dancer, choreographer, and composer. He’ll be performing with fellow National Ballet dancers on August 10.

Well known for her dazzling athleticism and passion, dancer and choreographer Louise Lecavalier is featured August 11 with Montreal based dancer Fredrick Tavernini, who “looks like a thug and dances like a poet,” according to The Dance Current magazine. They will dance in So Blue, a hypnotic and visceral 60- minute work, choreographed by Lecavalier.

Other highlights include singer Martha Wainwright in a special pre-festival concert

August 3; Traditional flamenco with Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, August 4; A Night with the Stars August 12 and 13, where dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Ballet, plus one independent, will perform solos and pas de deux from classical, neoclassical and contemporary repertoires. The festival also offers a master class on Saturday, August 13, from 10 to 11:30 am with festival artistic director Guillaume Côté. It’s for pre-professional and professionals aged 13 and up, with at least three years of ballet training. Students pay $25, observers $10. Free performances outdoors are also offered.

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Info: 450-227-0427

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