This day of reflection dedicated to dance professionals and other performing arts for children is a moment of sharing and exchange around dance creation for young audiences.


June 7th 2022, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm


Jean-Besré Performing Arts Centre


$40/day or $60 with the opening night

Addressed to professionals in the dance and performing arts milieu for young audiences, the professional day, seeks to be a platform to meet and share expertise between participants from different backgrounds. Through proposed workshops and artistic activities, the professional day hopes to deepen the reflections around dance creation for young audiences, and to foster the developement of the discipline, all the while permitting participants to create ties, through opportunities for exchange.

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June 6th 2022, 5:00 pm > Opening night / Centre culturel de l’Université de Sherbrooke
Cocktail followed by the opening show Salam

June 7th, 9:00 am > Professional Day / Centre des arts de la scène Jean-Besré
Arrival of participants from 8:30 am
Animation : Marc Béland

All activities of the professional day are offered in French and English with simultaneous translation.

9:00 am > Opening

9:30 am > The territories of aesthetic education
With Marika Crêtes-Reizes, cultural education consultant, instructor and specialist in aesthetic education, & Marco Pronovost, artist-mediator, social art consultant

How can the arts contribute to social change? How can they be an invitation to see differently? To develope new visions of the world, and to construct our relationship to it? And in the context of a performance, how to accompany the spectator in their reception of the art? This practical workshop, designed around the work Salam by the NGC25 Company, questions the notion of borders (in the many senses of the word), freedom, and identity, and invites the participants to experiment and explore aesthetic education and its’ foundations, an approach to cultural outreach that places creation as driving force, and as driver of civic engagement.

11:45 am > Networking lunch (included with registration)

1:00 pm > Memories of a choreographer
The philosophy of an artistic approach to the creation of dance for young audiences, with Francine Châteauvert, choreographer and Artistic Director of the Sursaut Dance Company, from 1987 to 2022.

1:30 pm > Choreographic Portraits
Presented in the form of a danced-conference, choreographic portraits invites six choreographers from the local, national, and international scene, to share their artistic approaches regarding young audiences. This activity seeks to be a moment of exchange between artists around the theme of choreographic creation for children.

Guests choreographers: Danika Cormier (Sherbrooke, Quebec), Kitt Johnson (Danemark), Morgane Le Tiec (Sherbrooke, Quebec), Idan Cohen (Vancouver, Canada), Roser López Espinosa (Spain) and Hervé Maigret (France)

4:30 pm > Mellemrum / Sursaut (Quebec) & X-Act (Denmark)
Mellemrum is an artistic concept initiated by Danish choreographer Kitt Johnson. Through collaborations with local choreographers in different cities throughout the world, she creates an outdoor production that is firmly rooted in the public sphere. This version specifically created for the festival takes place along the banks of the St. Francis river on an old meeting ground for the Abenaki nation.

5:30 pm > Closing cocktail with the artists and guests (included with registration)

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This activity is made possible through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts through its Sector Innovation and Development program.


Photos: Mikaël Theimer

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