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Reinventing the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault

By Maude Abouche
  • Jean-Pierre Perreault and Suzanne McCarrey in Vent d’Est by Perreault for Le Groupe de la Place Royale (1979) / Photo courtesy of Dance Collection Danse
  • Jean-Pierre Perreault and Susan McCarrey (1979) / Photo by Ormsby K. Ford, courtesy of Collection Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault

On May 8, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault announced plans to changes its name to the “Institut de la danse” (subject to change) and redefine its mission statement as part of its thirtieth anniversary.

The foundation’s original mission focused on the preservation and promotion of the late choreographer Jean-Pierre Perreault’s work. As the Institut de la danse, it will extend its mandate to Quebec’s contemporary dance heritage and provide a variety of tools and services to choreographers.

“I’m really proud of the foundation’s work and how it is inspired by Jean-Pierre’s own method,” says Marc Boivin, chairperson of the foundation’s board of directors.

To this end, a steering committee has been established with individuals not only from within the arts and dance communities, but also from law and finance. Partnerships were also created with organizations like Dance Collection Danse and the Bibliothèque de la danse Vincent-Warren.

“We wanted to move away from a closed-door approach,” says Boivin. “Each one of these partners brings a different light, a different tool.”

A number of other projects are also in the works including workshops for non-dancers, an online exhibit of Perreault’s work, and choreographic boxes documenting and preserving choreography by Perreault and other important Québec choreographers such as Danièle Desnoyers and Paul-André Fortier.

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