The Conseil des arts de Montréal, The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and their partners are pleased to unveil the four artistic projects selected for the seventh edition of the Cultural Bridges, From One Shore to the Other program. The creations will bring together artists and residents of the cities of Laval, Longueuil and Terrebonne, as well as the Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM.
The arts organizations and collectives will receive grants of up to $25,000 to carry out their projects with assistance from members of the public, whose originality and creativity will help bring the works to life.
The projects for this edition:
- Théâtre de la Pièce cassée
Project: Léonise Valois, une histoire réinventée
A Montréal organization to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM
This public co-creation aims to highlight the material and intangible heritage of Vaudreuil-Soulanges through the writing and story of little-known Vaudreuil writer Léonise Valois (1868–1936), the first woman to publish a poetry collection in Quebec. The project will involve residents of long-term care facilities in Vaudreuil-Dorion, who be interviewed about their memories of the area and their childhood sweethearts. This testimony will be integrated into the text of the play. The project will also include youth from summer camps in the area, who will help create and perform the play inspired by author’s life. The performance will be held in the outer courtyard of the Musée-régional-de-Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
- Maribé – sors de ce corps
Project: an art video co-created with the public in Longueuil
A Montréal organization to Longueuil
In collaboration with city of Longueuil’s Bureau de la Culture, this project aims to produce an art video through an intergenerational public co-creation process. It will be based on the Radiomaton participatory installation, a partnership between the companies Maribé – sors de ce corps and Montréal Danse.
Following workshops in connection with the show Beside and its satellite installation, Radiomaton, twenty women of various ages will take part in an art video as performers. The work will be used as the basis for a larger-scale, Quebec-wide project.
- Marie-France Laval, Videographer, Director and Producer
Project: Pères en lumière
A Montréal artist to Laval
Pères en lumière is a series of five short documentary-style films featuring fathers, who share their vision of fatherhood. Each film features a different father and will be partially filmed in a symbolic location in Laval that relates to their experience of fatherhood. The main objective is to create the stories’ content and form in collaboration with fathers from various backgrounds and walks of life. The experience will also include a series of photos taken by an artist photographer. The fathers will create a text about their fatherhood experience to share their perspectives.
- Gabriel Charlebois-Plante
Project: Chansons pour leurs mères
A Montréal author to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM
Montréal author Gabriel Charlebois-Plante, originally from Saint-Lazare, will meet with duos in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area who define themselves as mothers and sons. The author will examine a variety of experiences to continue writing a text about this relationship. Given the many social constructs surrounding this relationship, the author will seek out a plurality of voices from both rural and urban areas, as well as a diversity of candidates (immigrants, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and mothers and sons with and without a biological connection). At the end of the research process, the author will hold an outdoor reading with participants. He will be accompanied by playwright Éric Noël to fully appreciate the many ways of being a mother and son.
About Cultural Bridges, From One Shore to the Other
The Cultural Bridges, From One Shore to the Other program fosters connections between professional artists, residents of Montréal and other municipalities in the Greater Montréal area. It is an initiative of the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Longueuil, the Conseil des arts et de la culture de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the cities of Laval and Longueuil and the Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM.