Françoise Sullivan
Les Saisons Sullivan

2007

Artist’s book
32.2 x 32.2 x 4.8 cm
Édition 32/75
2007.8.1-93
Don de l’artiste

This artist’s book was born from an idea, a desire, to revive a dance project by Françoise Sullivan from 1947-1948. Originally, Sullivan had planned to perform and film four in-situ choreographic pieces about the four seasons. Of the four, only L’été (made in Les Escoumins in 1947) and L’hiver, done of the Mont Saint-Hilaire in February, 1948, were produced. Though the footage is lost, the winter scene had been filmed by artist Jean-Paul Riopelle on 16mm, and photographs taken by Maurice Perron survived. The photos would later appear in an album published by Sullivan in 1977 under the title Danse dans la neige, which includes 17 of Perron’s photos. Le printemps and L’automne had been left in the form of incomplete sketches until the idea to recreate the works left unmade arose from an impromptu proposal by Mario Côté while in conversation with Sullivan about Danse dans la neige. The idea became a reality in February, 2005, in the same location as the 1948 performance, with Louise Déry producing a new book of Sullivan’s choreographic notations from L’hiver, which she drew from memory. Soon after, it was decided that the choreographies from all four seasons had to be produced, filmed and photographed with the end result of both a film and an artist’s book under Sullivan’s close guidance. Stills from the filmed dance sequences were taken by artist and photographer Marion Landry capturing the dancers in action, created specifically for this book, under the editorship of Louise Déry.

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