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RQD Elects New President

By Jessica Alley
  • Harold Rhéaume / Photo by Charles-F. Ouellet

On October 27, the dance advocacy association Regroupement Québécois de la danse (RQD) announced Harold Rhéaume, choreographer and artistic director of Le Fils d’Adrien danse, as their new president. This motion took place at the RQD’s thirtieth annual meeting on October 25, where over 125 members gathered in general assembly for the election. Rhéaume succeeds Marc Boivin, who served as president for four years.

A highly regarded figure in the Québec dance community, Rhéaume has been forming his legacy since graduating from L’École de danse de Québec in 1989. After apprenticing with the company Dance Partout in Québec City, he joined the renowned Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa and worked under Peter Boneham, receiving an enviable education in professional creation, performance and choreography. In 1993, Rhéaume moved to Montréal and danced in the works of Louise Bédard, Danièle Desnoyers, Estelle Clareton, Hélène Blackburn, Isabelle Van Grimde, Daniel Soulières and Sarah Bild.

Rhéaume quickly gained notoriety as an independent choreographer. Lucie Boissinot commissioned him to create Ses propres ailes, and in 1994 he created Falaise for The Dance Collective Company (Winnipeg). Over the next few years, his works were recognized in festivals, performed on prestigious stages and praised in the press. In 1999, Rhéaume formed his company Le Fils d’Adrien and shortly after relocated to Québec City.

Rhéaume has also choreographed work for the theatre, cinema, opera and, most recently, Cirque du Soleil. He currently teaches movement at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec.~

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