Québec Government Office in New York celebrates to the beat of Grand Continental!
Under Brooklyn Bridge: Marc Croteau, MRI Deputy Minister; Linda Shelton, Exec. Dir., Joyce Theater; Manon Boucher, Acting Delegate General in New York; Sam Miller, President, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC); Andrew Horwitz, Director, LMCC; and Sylvain Émard, General and Artistic Co-Director, Sylvain Émard Danse. (Photo © Hafeez Raji)
On June 22, in conjunction with Québec’s National Holiday, acting Québec Delegate General in New York Manon Boucher welcomed about 150 people for a networking event held at the South Street Seaport at the foot of the famed Brooklyn Bridge.
In her speech, the Delegate General acknowledged the presence of Québec Deputy Minister of International Relations Marc Croteau and LMCC president Sam Miller. Ms. Boucher stressed the importance of cooperation between Québec and the New York and Mid-Atlantic regions: “We share not only a common border with you, but values, interests and a common history as well,” she said.
“Québec imports more from New York State than from any other state. Our economic interdependence also helps support and create thousands of jobs on both sides of the border,” added Mr. Croteau.
Popularity of Québec artists
Ms. Boucher noted the richness of Québec’s cultural exports to the United States, referring to the success of numerous Québec artists on the New York stage, including Robert Lepage, conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Jacques Lacombe, the 7 Fingers company and Cirque du Soleil.
Mr. Miller took the floor to thank the DGQNY for its support and its partnership with the River to River Festival, a major cultural event created to revitalize Lower Manhattan following the September 11 attacks.
The evening ended with the U.S. premiere of Grand Continental by Montreal choreographer Sylvain Émard. Presented by the LMCC, the River to River Festival and the Joyce Theater, Grand Continental is a vibrant blend of line dancing and contemporary dance which attracted over 200 New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds. It was the high point of an unforgettable evening!
Video of Grand Continental by Sylvain Émard
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council