Four singers, five musicians, five choreographers and six dancers are united under the inspiration of Léo Ferré this week in an evening of song and dance at the Cinquième Salle. Corps Amour Anarchieis an ode to the French singer-songwriter, created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth in 2016. His career spanned nearly 50 years and a number of his hits are immortalized as classics of French song: C’est extra, Avec le temps, Jolie môme, to name a few. Montreal’s festival Coup de Coeur Francophone, highlighting French music from November 2nd to 12th, is behind the production, with choreography by PPS Danse and musical direction by Philippe B. and Philippe Brault.
Summer may be the slow season for our regular dance houses, but it’s the hot season for the festival track. After big Montreal titles like Festival TransAmériques and Fringe Festival, there is another world-class happening just outside the city limits. Celebrating a quarter century this year, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur brings together dance and music in an oasis for artists and spectators alike. From August 3 to 13, intimate encounters with top performers take place in this quaint village at the foot of the picturesque Laurentian mountains.