Francine Châteauvert

A 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. 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.

Repertoire

Acuna

A choreographic work for the very young, combining dance and circus arts.

At nightfall

(2005) Auguste is a shoemaker who knows nothing of holidays. He knows little about life outside his work; away from his workshop, he is worried and afraid.

Boo!

(2009) Vivacity, sensitivity and ingenuity in worlds where the poetry of the body is at the fore.

Chemins de travers

(2015) Short in situ creations in which dancers take over the Centre des arts de la scène Jean-Besré

Collisions

(1989) Three choreographic works, three different situations, three predicaments.

Danselieu

(1989) Danselieu aims to create choreographic works inspired by the architectural, environmental and social aspects of a given space.

Essaim

(2018) A blend of contemporary dance, circus arts, theatrical movement and baroque dance, five young choreographers invite us to discover their worlds.

Family Portrait

(2001) Family Portrait presents the portrait of a family, apparently ordinary; but behind appearances are dreams, imagination, desires, memories…

Fou de vivre

(1992) Fou de vivre proposes several choreographies by Francine Châteauvert ; a synthesis of her professional progess from 1988 to 1993.

Happening Danse In situ

(2012) In Situ: A Dance Happening, is a site-specific creation, featuring short choreographic works that blend defined constraints with infinite possibilities.

J’ai la bougeotte et toi?

(1988) A show that integrates acrobatics and theatricality with several styles of dance.

L’Échappée

(2004) Five different choreographies that highlight the versatility of Francine Châteauvert.

Le bal sans fin

(1993) Le bal sans fin is a joyous work that bridges the fieriness of youth and the fieriness of old age.

Le jardin caché

(2008) From soft green to fiery red. A choreographic work that is refined, intimate, almost silent… Will leave you smiling, inside and out…

Le minuscule quotidien

(1990) Scenes from everyday life are transposed by the imagination. All these simple but necessary moments are presented poetically and with humour.

Les États d’Anne

(1988) Les États d’Anne presents a woman, who, like many others when confronted by her peers in a public place, traverses a myriad of moods and states of mind.

Les Excentriques

(1998) Les excentriques is a dance-theatre production that transports us to a spirited and fantastical world.

Les meilleurs moments/The best of Sursaut

(2010) A celebration of 25 years of dance creations for young and family audiences.

Les promenades d’Olivier

(1996) A poetic and colourful duo that joyfully explores the relationship between humans and nature.

Me squared

An incursion into the heart of adolescence

Risques d’orage

(1990) A day in the life of five people and their encounters. Some take up too much space, others not enough.

The Cicada and the Ant

(2013) Freely inspired by the renowned fable by Jean de La Fontaine, this work transports us to the heart of life, into the difficulty and beauty of the ordinary.

The Nutcracker and the King of the Rats

(1994) In this original and contemporary adaptation of the seasonal classic, the story of Clara and her Nutcracker takes place in mid-20th century in a humble family in the vast Quebec countryside