Trois-Rivieres – The unveiling of the free outdoor activities program for the 25th anniversary of the International Dance Festival On Wednesday morning was a great surprise for the general public. In addition to the usual activities in this program, there are two new highlights: a parade highlight including all 25 events and major tourist attractions in the Mauricie for which it will be a summer season launch and a great musical fireworks.
In order to allow the presentation of the two events, the big outdoor stage of Danse Encore will be moved to the end of Des Forges Street in the Trois-Rivières Port Park. Here is how the schedule of the two days of outdoor festival is presented. On Friday, June 7, at 7 pm, the parade of the audience favorite group AAINJAA will be on public display at Des Forges Street. At 8 pm, the Zumba Mega Party is presented on the harbor stage. At 9:30 pm, the parade will start at the Delta Hotel on Notre-Dame Street east to Bonaventure Street, which it will follow north to Royale, then rue des Forges towards the river and the main stage. There, the show of the company RAKATAN with pyrotechnic effects will be offered to the public.
On Saturday, June 8th, activities will begin at 2 pm in Encore Dance Square with Frictions and AAINJAA. At 7 pm, AAINJAA will parade on Des Forges street to the harbor park stage where the Zumba animation will be presented at 8 pm. At 9:15 pm, we will be able to see AAINJAA’s full show on the big stage. Another unique and memorable event of this anniversary edition, starting at 10:30 pm: ten years after the creation of the 9th Beethoven Symphony on stage in Trois-Rivières, the Toronto-based company ProArteDanza will offer a world premiere of its interpretation of the 4th movement of the famous symphony, the Hymn to joy. At the end of this piece while crescendo, a portion of which will even be accompanied by pyrotechnic effects, a large pyromusical fireworks will be offered to the public.
General Manager Claire Mayer talks about a fire that will be shorter than the one offered annually by the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, which is about 18 minutes long, but of comparable magnitude.
Moreover, the good news is not lacking for the direction of the dance festival. Half of the 37 classes of masters in the program are already full and half of the others are filled three-quarters. No less than 360 performances in showcases and competitions and 4500 dancers are enrolled in the activities of the succession for the moment. The categories of solo, duet and child competition are growing in popularity as we are currently accumulating names on a waiting list.
On the indoor show side, Dance Experience Poster is complete with Grade 4 students from the International Education Primary School and half of the Dinner Show tickets presented at Memphis Cabaret are sold. Galas side, it is useless to try to book for the Saturday which displays full and about half of the tickets are sold for that of Friday. “In all, we have something like 400 tickets sold more than last year on the same date,” said Claire Mayer. We are very happy and I tell people who want good tickets for Friday’s gala to hurry up. Same for the Memphis Cabaret dinner show. ”
Overall, some 150 artists will take part in this 25th anniversary edition and 52,000 visitors are expected. This last figure does not take into account the additional crowd expected for the parade and the fireworks.
“52,000 visitors is what we normally have at the festival,” says Claire Mayer. In my opinion, the Saturday fireworks should attract as many people as the Grand Prix and on Friday, we hope that at least 25,000 people will attend the illuminated parade counting our usual clientele and the one that goes add including fans of each of the tourist activities represented in the parade. It should be mentioned that each of the organizations or activities will participate in the promotion of this evening. ”
As for the innovations introduced this year, it is impossible to say if they will be part of future editions. “If this year’s parade is beautiful, people get on board and if we can get funding in the future, I think it will come back,” says the instigator. Obviously, a success would have a big influence on the partners who invest. ”
“The main goal with the parade is to launch a tourist season and to ensure that the clienteles of different events come together at a specific time to create an additional attraction effect. We wanted an activity that attracts a mass of people that we did not have in the past and that it is pleasant for everyone. It’s been a long time since I think the region needs an all-encompassing activity for its tourist attractions. Our events are beautiful, interesting and varied and I think it took an activity like the one we propose to showcase them. “