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 plunging into the world of dance. Her background also includes work in theatre and circus arts.

Decidedly contemporary, her creations are imprinted with authenticity and freshness, offering performances imbued with a poetic realism in a highly physical choreographic style. Her artistic approach is heavily influenced by her rural lifestyle and upbringing, by a profound sense of belonging to the earth, to nature and its cycles and by her childhood memories. The depth, beauty and happiness, great and small, that are found in the simplest things and in the seemingly innocuous moments of everyday life are transmitted through her works.

Her work is characterized by a finely tuned choreographic language; a fusion of abstraction, symbolism, and theatricality of movement. Francine Châteauvert has created more than 30 works for the Sursaut Dance Company, of which 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 (CALQ) work of the year award for the Eastern Townships for The Cicada and the Ant.  In 2006, she received the Prize for artistic creation in dance for the Eastern Townships from the CALQ. The daily newspaper La Tribune also awarded her the Mérite estrien « Personnalité de Chez Nous » in 1996 for the quality of her work and for her contribution to the region. She has 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.