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Perpetually in Motion

The many hats of dance artist Guillaume Côté


Guillaume Côté says he is neurotic about dance. And he’s not alone in this. In this documentary by Jean-Pierre Dussault and Eric Côté, the National Ballet of Canada (NBoC) principal dancer says it’s something he and his wife, fellow NBoC principal Heather Ogden, have in common – dance is their life and it takes many shapes.

In addition to being a company dancer, Côté just premiered his first full-length ballet – Le Petit Prince – as associate choreographer with NBoC, and he’s also the artistic director of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (FASS).

FASS is an annual international artistic and cultural event hosted in Québec’s scenic Laurentian Mountains. This year marks the festival’s twenty-fifth season and, to celebrate, a host of world-renowned dance is set to be featured.

Côté has invited some of his colleagues from NBoC to perform two of his own creations. He and Ogden will also perform a duet created for them by American Ballet Theatre dance artist Marcelo Gomes.

Other dance highlights this year include A night with the stars, featuring American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Misty Copeland and Blaine Hoven; Canadian independent artist Anne Plamondon; Nehemiah Kish and Yuhui Choe from The Royal Ballet; the New York City-based flamenco company Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca with an evening of solos and duos that expand the art form of flamenco; and Israeli dancer and choreographer Sharon Eyal with her company, L-E-V, with a dark and passionate contemporary work about the affairs of the heart.

FASS runs August 3-13. Learn more >> festivaldesarts.ca

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