Friday, July 14, 2006

Les Feux-Follets (Dance Collection Danse)

As many of you already know I spent many years as a professional dancer with Les Feux-Follets. In fact, I was with them for most of their contracts from 1967 to 1981 working under the stage name Gerry Gilbert and Gerry Gilbert-Gray (name change due to union problems). 

Les Feux-Follets has had a long history—both here on the Island with the Charlottetown Festival since 1972, and before that in Montreal, where the company was born in 1952.

Dance Collection Danse, a group dedicated to uncovering Canada’s fleeting dance history, decided to do a two part story of Les Feux-Follets in their journal.

* Did you know that Les Feux-Follets represented Canada for three world’s fairs, two for the duration of their runs (Montreal and Osaka), and that these were the two largest expositions ever held. 

* Did you know that Les Feux-Follets were guests on the Ed Sullivan Show six times, including the historic first broadcast of The Ed Sullivan Show in colour?

* Did you know that the Montreal based Feux-Follets were part of the command performance that opened the Confederation Centre of the Arts in 1964! It was with that performance that the group turned professional.

Part I was released in November 2005. It is available for downloading at the Dance Collection Danse site, but you can download directly from this site by clicking on the link. Be aware that it is a pdf and so will take a bit of time downloading depending on your system. Feux-Follets is featured on the front cover and on pages 16-19. By the way, that is me on the front cover being carried aloft. I was a lot lighter in those days. The picture was taken at the Theatre Champs Elysee in 1968.

Part II is now available at the Dance Collection Danse site. Feux-Follets is featured on pages 28-35.

Anyone interested in Les Feux-Follets should check this out.

Thanks for your interest

Gerry Gray


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