History of the company

The Sursaut Dance Company was founded in 1985. Since 1987, Francine Châteauvert has been artistic director and choreographer for the company. Through her creations, she has succeeded in giving Sursaut an identity. From the beginning, she has collaborated closely with Adam Dymburt, and together they have worked with passion and a seemingly endless energy to develop the company as we know it today.


For over 30 years, the Sursaut Dance Company has been creating, producing and disseminating dance works for both a general audience and for young audiences aged from 4 to 12 and their families. In 1998, the artistic director decided to officially concentrate on creations for young and family audiences.


In 1989, Sursaut began presenting its productions on tour in Quebec. In the early 2000’s, the dissemination of the company’s works spread to other parts of Canada as well as internationally. The company’s production At nightfall was presented at the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, the Calgary International Children’s Festival, the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival, the Festival des arts de St-Sauveur, and the Ottawa International Children’s Festival. In August 2012, At nightfall was presented on tour in 4 cities China, notably at the Second China Children’s Festival in Beijing. In 2014, the company once again toured in China with a major six-week tour that included 16 shows in 12 cities. A third tour in China (13 cities, 17 performances) took place in 2016 with the production The Cicada and the Ant. In addition, two productions have been presented in Mexico, At nightfall in 2014 and The Cicada and the Ant in 2015 and 2017.


In tandem with the creation, production, and dissemination of its works, the company offers workshops for elementary and high school students. Since 2005, the company holds a summer day camp specialized in dance for youth from 6 to 16 years of age.


Since December 2007, the company has been resident at the Centre des arts de la scène Jean-Besré, and thanks to the support of the City of Sherbrooke, benefits from this unique space conceived and built for the creation and production of dance and theatre works.


In 2009, the Sursaut Dance Company joined the Théâtre du Double signe and Le Petit Théâtre de Sherbrooke to found Coté scène, an organization working towards the construction of a new venue specialized in the presentation of dance and theatre works for children and their families.


Through its notoriety and artistic activities, the company contributes to the development of a community of professional performing artists in the Sherbrooke region, and its presence continues to be crucial to the maintenance and growth of this community.


The Sursaut Dance Company holds an important place on the Canadian dance scene, and is an ambassador for the region both nationally and internationally.