A 2nd edition under the sign of joy for FURIES – contemporary dance festival in Marsoui

Marsoui, April 20, 2021 – The FURIES artistic direction duo, Sébastien Provencher and Priscilla Guy, are delighted to finally be able to unveil the program for its 2nd edition which will take place from July 29 to August 1! Initially scheduled for 2020 and postponed to July 2021 due to the pandemic, this second edition seals the arrival of Sébastien Provencher as co-artistic director of the festival.

Cultivating curiosity, the spirit of experimentation and joy

It is through highly contrasting programming that FURIES will make its second appearance in the Marsoui countryside. The festival focuses on daring choreographic forms and human-scale encounters. Audiences will discover dance as an art form with endless possibilities and will broaden their knowledge of different styles and techniques. It will be of special interest to focus on the voices that shake up conventions with surprising proposals through intimate and warm contexts. Ultimately, it is through the strength of the community and the joy of gathering together that FURIES will enter the summer season. (Photo: Catherine Legault | Le Devoir, 2019)

Wolastoqey and Quebec choreographer Ivanie Aubin-Malo will present her solo Mula and meet the public during a casual artist-talk. Collectif l’indiscipline based in Haute-Gaspésie will offer a video-performance on issues related to queer identity in rural areas. Artist and curator Andrew Tay offers a powerful journey through a wild and luminous, queer artistic voice in the piece Fame Prayer / EATING co-created with François Lalumière and Katarzyna Szugajew. Art in situ will certainly be a highlight, and will showcase must-see places in Marsoui and the surrounding area. Choreographer Caroline Laurin-Beaucage will perform Habiter sa Mémoire at Henley Beach in Marsoui, as well as at La Chapelle du Cap, a promising first collaboration with the La Chapelle committee. The duo composed of Deanna Peters (Vancouver) and Emma-Kate Guimond (Montreal) will present Charégraphie, a dance for two cars which will come to life in an unrevealed, secret outdoor location. The Mi’kmaq artist from Gasgapegiag Darlene Gijuminag will offer a solo, outdoor performance of song and music, accompanied by the sound of the Marsoui River. Gaspesian artist Maryse Goudreault will present her installation, Dans le ventre de la baleine, facing the sea. Finally, for a small audience, two group pieces will be presented in the privacy of Marsoui’s Recreational Center: Memory Palace, a refined and playful piece by Dorian Nuskind-Oder, as well as Un temps pour tout, an irresistible foray into the hip-hop universe guided by Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep. For many artists in the lineup, it will be a return to performance after more than a year of hiatus. In collaboration with the artistic direction of the festival, each artist has also considered different scenarios for their work to be adapted within the context of the pandemic. Doing so in order to be able to respect the multiple public health measures that may still be in place during the summer.

Satellite activities

Alongside this abundant programming, the public will enjoy a screening under the stars at Salon58 and will have access to four dance workshops: breaking with Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep, contemporary dance with Melina Stinson, introduction to house dance with Deanna Peters and the exploration workshop Practice Party with Andrew Tay. The artist from Cap-au-Renard Stéphane Maddix Albert will offer a moment of storytelling at the end of a guided walk, and every morning, the jack of all trades, Marlene Sohier from Marsoui, will lead Qigong-inspired workshops at Parc Alphonse-Couturier.

Ticket office and reservations

Starting the end of May, the public will be able to reserve seats for shows presented indoors to a small audience, as well as for workshops. The rest of the program will be open to all through voluntary contributions, and remain subject to the ongoing sanitary measures.

Echoes of FURIES at the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts Driftwood Festival

This year, the two events overlap at the end of July. In a spirit of friendly collaboration, you might stumble upon a few dance steps on Saturday July 31 on the site of the Festival du Bois flotté, echoing FURIES. We are joyful that Haute-Gaspésie is so artistically dynamic, to the delight of our audiences.

FURIES partners

This second edition is supported by a set of local and national partners who come to breathe new life into this, still new initiative in the Gaspé region. The Canada Council for the Arts is the main partner of FURIES: by supporting its bold character and its unique imprint in the region, the Council contributes to the development of art outside the urban centers. We also thank the Caisse Desjardins de la Haute-Gaspésie, Hydro-Québec, as well as Bois GDS for their generous financial support. FURIES is also supported by the CLD and the MRC de La Haute-Gaspésie as part of the Cultural Development Agreement, as well as by Tourisme Gaspésie, and our indispensable local allies. Finally, we are delighted to count on the permanent support offered by the Municipality of Marsoui and the Development Committee of Marsoui.

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