Artistic and General Director

_9246773_site-webA self-taught artist, Francine Châteauvert made her first forays into the art of movement in artistic gymnastics before instinctively and naturally plunging into the world of dance and choreographic creation. Her arrival at the Sursaut Dance Company marked the start of a unique artistic approach that has never ceased to evolve and deepen.

Decidedly contemporary, her creations are imprinted with authenticity and freshness, offering performances imbued with a poetic realism in a highly physical choreographic style. Her work is characterized by a finely tuned choreographic language; a fusion of abstraction, symbolism, and theatricality of movement. Her artistic approach is greatly influenced by her background and rural lifestyle, by a profound sense of belonging to the earth and to nature and its cycles and by her childhood memories. She has created more than 30 works for the Sursaut Dance Company, of which some of the most recent are: The Cicada and the Ant (2013),  Boo! (2009) and At nightfall (2005).

In November 2014, Francine Châteauvert received the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec Production of the Year Award for the Eastern Townships for The Cicada and the Ant. In 2006, she also received the Prize for artistic creation in dance for the Eastern Townships from the CALQ. The daily newspaper La Tribune awarded her the Mérite estrien “Personnalité de Chez Nous” in 1996 for the quality of her work and for her contribution to the region, and she also received the Prix d’excellence from the City of Sherbrooke in 1992 for the professional quality of her production, the mastery of her art, and the boldness of her artistic approach.

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