In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (Quebec, Canada) Artistic Director, Guillaume Côté reacted with innovation and resilience to a cancellation of the live performances and created a digital initiative titled A Shared Solitude in collaboration with the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The result was 20 renowned Canadian artists (10 composers and 10 choreographers) paired to create new works that were performed and filmed outside in nature by Director Louis-Martin Charest.
In “Call / Awakening at the Top”, choreographer Andrew Skeels and composer Isabelle Panneton create a relationship to time and space, poetic yet very precise. Being isolated at home provided an opportunity to examine priorities, to refocus, to strengthen the importance of community and, reinforce their gratitude of being an artist. This work was inspired by how art is one of the deepest ways that society connects with each other. It is one of the few places in society where we are invited to look closely at someone else’s experience, and in doing so, discover the range of human experiences and emotions. The work is interpreted by dancer Andrew Skeels and musician Stéphane Beaulac.