The Conseil Jeunesse present Crescendo, the first provincial performing arts show, organized in partnership with B.C.’s Francophone School Discrict (CSF). This competition shined light on the artistic talents of young French-speaking British Columbians and the provincial show took place, for the second time, on Sunday, February 11th 2018 in Vancouver.
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– Promote the artistic talents of CSF students to a broader community;
– Allow students to meet others with similar interests;
– Promote the use of French in an extracurricular setting;
– Promote the development and practice of cultural and artistic activities in French for high school students.
Crescendo 2018 : a look back on this second edition
This year we celebrated the second edition of Crescendo. This performing arts concert took place from February 9th to 13th, 2018, bringing together 36 students from across British Columbia.
From theory to practice
Over the weekend, the participants had the opportunity to share their passion for performing arts with several professionals. Thanks to the workshops offered within the music, drama and dance components, participants were able to gain a better grasp on the theoretical content and then apply this new knowledge to the dress rehearsal and the performance. This introduction to the world of performing arts allowed participants to first learn how to capture an audience before undergoing the final and most important challenge: performing for their community.
Workshops led by professionals
Before the final performance, the young artists took part in a weekend of workshops which took place from Friday February 9th to Monday, February 12th. Several trainers from the professional artistic community were present to share their knowledge and experiences with the participants. We were fortunate to host Réjean Marois (jazz professor at Capilano University, musical director and arranger), André Lachance (bassist, double bassist and guitarist), Céline Etanchaud (actress and stage director), Pascal Saunier (producer), Soleil Renaud (ballet dancer and teacher) and Helen Chao (graduate student in stage makeup at Blanche Macdonald).
A show for every taste
Although most of the artists had never performed on stage before, all of them overcame the challenge with surprising and spectacular performances. The show, which took place on Sunday, February 11th at école Jules Verne, attracted more than 125 people, a notable increase in ticket sales compared to last year. This evening also allowed the community to meet and socialize over refreshments and appetizers.
The terrace theme of the show allowed spectators to experience what felt like a 1950s country-style party. This theme was emphasized through the decorations, the staging as well as the performances. This over-arching theme created a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout the whole evening. The youth also had the opportunity to perform not once, but twice: first for the students of Jules-Verne and then for the students of Gabrielle-Roy the following morning on Tuesday, February 13th.
The Youth Council took the opportunity to thank all of the project collaborators who helped bring Crescendo to a new level. This included the trainers, the show’s technical team, the volunteers and all the other people who gave their time before or during the event.
Our 2017 Crescendo Concert
The first edition of the Crescendo Concert took place in l’école Jules-Verne’s theatre on Saturday March 25th at 8pm. Young francophones from eight schools from the Francophone School District got to show off their talents for dance, music, theatre and visual arts. Classical, jazz and electronic, as well as many other musical styles were featured.
A huge thanks to our partners! We would like to particularly thank our partner and producer, the Centre culturel de Vancouver.
Training with professionals
In preparation for the concert, the young artists received a weekend of training which took place from Thursday night on March 23rd to Sunday morning on March 26th. Many artistic professionals came in to offer their expertise to the participants. These included Frédéric Étanchaud (guitarist, song-writer and producer), Sophie Brassard (contemporary dance artist), Céline Étanchaud (comedian and theatre director), Roger Leclerc (music teacher at l’école des Pionniers de Maillardville) and Steve Kaldestad (saxophone player).
Behind the scenes
The participants also got to cover the event with the help of Anne-Diandra Louarn, a journalist from Radio-Canada, while other participants got to do makeup and hair styling on the performers with the assistance of Ulayu Sequaluk, a student at the Blanche Macdonald School for applied arts.
Also check out the podcast developed by the media team during Crescendo in 2017!
video credit @Camil Dubuc