The conditions created by COVID-19 have hit artistic activities very hard. However, if there are at least some positive aspects to highlight amid all this bad moment, those would be the ingenuity and adaptability demonstrated by some arts groups. They are determined to go ahead with their work and share it with the public. With the use of technology, some festivals have already been able to put in place at least part of their planned programs. The Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveur is one of those events that, given the circumstances, decided to go ahead with its lineup in a digital format. Also, as a bonus, the event this year will be free.
Titled “A Shared Solitude” and created by the Festival’s Artistic Director Guillaume Côté with the special collaboration of the Orchestre Métropolitain and its musicians, under the direction of the Conductor and Artistic Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the festival will consist of 20 creations by 20 paired artists: dancers and musicians. The performers are: Daina Ashbee on a score by Alejandra Odgers performed by flautist and piccoliste 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 clarinettist Simon Aldrich.
Also, Virginie Brunelle, on a score by Roozbeh Tabandeh performed by the violinist Marcelle Mallette, Vanesa G.R. Montoya, on a score by François-Hugues Leclair performed by the oboist Mélanie Harel, Margie Gillis, on a score by Marie-Pierre Brasset performed by the violist Elvira Misbakhova, Eva Kolarova, on a score by Maggie Ayotte performed by horn player Louis-Philippe Marsolais, and Andrew Skeels on a score by Isabelle Panneton performed by the trumpeter Stéphane Beaulac.
“Each week, from July 5th to September 6th, short films of these creations, directed by Louis-Martin Charest, will offer a window into the work of the artists and be available on the FASS website as well as on YouTube and Vimeo.”
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