Dressed in blue and white, near 200 people took part of a collective tribute to the Saint-Lawrence river organized by the contempory dance company Fleuve | Espace danse and her artistic director, Chantal Caron. This community activity had as a goal to think about the beauty and the meaning of the Saint-Lawrence River.
« We were looking to join two projects together : contempory dance and traditionnal festivities from the Fête des chants marins», explained Chantal Caron. « We used the figurehead theme, which was the theme of the 2012 edition of la Fête des chants marins, to invite Saint-Jean-Port-Joli’s population in addition of the festivities to create this event.», specified Marie-Claude Gamache, development manager for Fleuve | Espace danse.
Directed by Chantal Caron and performed by 8 professional dancers (Clémentine Casey, Ellen Furey, Geneviève Boulet, Karine Gagné, Marie-Pier Morin, Oliver Koomsatira, Simon Ampleman et Thomas Casey), the participants did different movments related to marines éléments, such as seaweeds or waves, with the help of umbrellas. Then, participants were invited to throw a salt cube in the river, which is a symbol of purity and cleaning, coming from a craving designed by Pierre Bourgault, craving artist from Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, known internationally.
The global direction of this event is the result of a collaboration with the Saint-Jean-Port-Joli community. «We have a lot of cultural organizations here, there’s a lot of people who live from their art. It’s important to include them, but also to make sure the population has a part in the creation. », said Anny Morin, community life manager of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli.
The videos made during the évent will be broadcasted to make people realize the significance of the rivers preservation. « I want people to make people discover and participate in the dance community, but also to communicate the importance of the environnent to the young people.», said Chantal Caron, recently named the Saint-Lawrence ambassador of the David Suzuki Foundation.