Written by Ilania Abileah - Morin Heights Plan to spend a most enjoyable week in the Laurentians combining fresh air, good food and splendid entertainment, it is only a 45 minutes drive from Montreal, and if you wish there are quite a few hotels, inns and B&Bs to choose from, and restaurants galore. Here are some entertainment highlights: Thur., & Fri., July 26 & 27, 8 pm at the Big-Top - Hong Kong Ballet: presenting three works - Black on Black, created by Kinsun Chan dealing with the colour black, and its symbolism. Peter Quanz's Luminous is about the fragility of human relationships; and the third piece is Nils Christe's Symphony in Three Movements, set to Stravinsky's music, and inspired by concepts connected with war. Free shows at park Filion: Thur., July 26 at 6 & 9 pm - Vishtén - Acadian music, by a group of multi-instrumentalists and step-dancers. Fri., July 27, 6 & 9 pm. - Sokalo de Zogma - a percussive dance company that taps in amazing coordination and rhythm.
Sat., July 28, 8 pm - Gino Quilico, Baritone will sing of love at the Big Top, prior to the concert there is a pre-show dinner-cocktail at 40Northh, 6 pm. And at the Park Free show by Cellos on Fire at 6 pm & 9:30 pm. Sun., July 29, is Tohu-Bohu day, and at 4 pm - Cas Pulic performs at the Big Top for the young and their families. Tue., July 31, 8 pm - Lewis Furey: will present his own blend of poetry and music. Wed., Aug., 1, 8 pm - Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company brings stamping and swirling skirts to the Big-Top; and at the park two free shows by Tango X3, 6 & 9:30 pm.
Thur., & Fri., Aug., 2 & 3, 8 pm - "Botanica" by Momix: Moses Pendleton presents nature's changing seasons. Despite the fact that the piece is visually stunning, the technical effects do not take away from the magnificent dancing, and athletic ability of the dancers themselves. The music is avant-garde, there are amazing clusters of dancers creating intricate shapes on stage, and the costumes are magical. A pre-show dinner-cocktail at Le Marabou 6 pm: Aug., 3rd. And at the park - Thur., Aug 2, 6 & 9 pm Free Show: Studio Shake. Fri., Aug., 3, 6 & 9 pm: You and me Falling - circus art.
Sat., Aug., 4, 8:30 pm - Trey McIntyre Project: Trey McIntyre a choreographer who created formed his Boise-Idaho-based "Trey McIntyre Project" in 2008. The company will present three pieces choreographed by Trey McIntyre: "Leatherwing Bat", "Bad Winter", and "The Sweeter End." The Sweeter End, a piece commissioned by the New Orleans Ballet Association, is set to the music of the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band. This work was created as a tribute to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina and to their rebuilding efforts. It has received ecstatic reviews on several continents. And finally, Sat., Aug., 4 at the park at 6 & 9 pm, free shows by American Stir - Accordion player Pierre Olivier Ouellet and his band pay music from America.
A Chance to participate in a Contest of "Friends of Festival des Arts de St. Sauveur": Your ticket will give you entry to the contest when shopping at participating businesses. Take the opportunity to win the Big Prize: a FASS Jewel, authentic creation of Meto Jacques Bastien and five $ 50 gift certificates exchangeable at the following participant stores and restaurants: 40 NorthH, Le Marabou, Romy Elliot, Un Pointe c'est Tout, Meto Jacques Bastien.
There is a lot going on during the ten days of the festival. Plan to come to the village late afternoon, find convenient parking, enjoy the wonderful free shows at Park Filion, at 6 pm, then walk over to the Big-Top for your evening show. COUNT DOWN - Buy your tickets now - Only few days before the opening on July 26! Call: 450-227-0427 to reserve (single ticket prices range from $35 to $60) for more details about the program content, see www.fass.ca
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Photos: 1. Hong Kong Ballet, 2. Botanica, Momix; 3. Trey McIntyre