“It was supposed to be a long series of performances, continues the dancer of 39 years. It was a version created for me. It was a choreography that I loved. It was a beautiful production… which could take a long time to come back… I’ll be too old to play Romeo at 43 or 44 years ! “
The career of a ballet dancer Guillaume Côté is yet far from being completed. This winter, a fort of invitation to the New York City Ballet, it was probably the dancer with canada’s international.
“Participate in two performances of swan Lake with one of the largest companies in the world, it was a memorable experience,” says the national of the Lac-Saint-Jean. Younger, I would have done it to prove something, to make myself a name… But realized at my age, I’ve done it for the fun of it. I have enjoyed every moment on stage. “
The pandemic of COVID-19 has severely affected the living arts. Although it is principal dancer and choreographer associated with the national Ballet of Canada, Guillaume Côté has not escaped the effects of the global scourge. In interview to the Newspaper, he even speaks of” storm “.
“Things got tough after the first month, when it was realized that it was a marathon and not a sprint. Side work, everything is uncertain. There are days where you can see sunshine in the distance. When we look to 2021, for example. But every time we see a ray of the sun, one realizes very quickly that it is perhaps still too early… “
Staff side, Guillaume Côté has lived through the containment to Toronto with Heather Ogden, his wife, and their two children. “We spent more time as a family. It was relaxed more than ever. “
A festival virtual
The pandemic has also forced Guillaume Côté to reinvent the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (FASS). As artistic director, the dancer has developed – in collaboration with the Metropolitan Orchestra, its musicians and their conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin – an edition entirely virtual and free annual appointment. All under a theme inspired by the events of the spring : A solitude shared.
For 10 weeks, the HTF will line of short movies born from the union between different artists. Fruit of a collaboration between Marie Chouinard, choreographer, Louis Dufort, composer, Alexandre Lavoie, percussionist, and Valeria Gallucio, the first video will be online Sunday.
Guillaume Côté will record his own next week, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the piano.
“People love this type of project… instead of trying to adjust an already existing project which was to be presented on stage. They do not need to alter their idea. It gives them a specific framework within which they can create and edit something from scratch. ”
► 29e Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur is held every Sunday at 11 p.m. until 6 September. The films will be available on festivaldesarts.ca, on Facebook and on YouTube.