Setting our sights on the ceremonies: Experienced teams at work
The Host Society of the Canada Summer Games–Sherbrooke 2013 has unveiled the people responsible for the event’s opening and closing ceremonies, which promise to be outstanding shows. The opening ceremonies will be managed by Mario Trépanier, executive director of the Université de Sherbrooke’s Centre culturel. The closing ceremonies will be orchestrated by Jean-Pierre Beaudoin, president of Productions du Palais. Artistic direction for the two events will be handled by Dominick Trudeau, a renowned designer and director in stage and television.
“It’s a privilege for me to direct the ceremonies that will pay tribute to our athletes’ excellence. I will have the pleasure of working in two distinct locations, which I look forward to exploiting to their full potential. We will provide athletes and spectators with different and unique settings.”
- Dominick Trudeau, who handled the design and direction of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Jeux du Québec in 2007 and 2009 -
The opening ceremonies will take place at the Université de Sherbrooke’s outdoor stadium.
“We will use the experience of the ceremonies at the World Youth Games and of convocations to draw on the strengths of the site. We want to meet the expectations of the Host Society, the Université de Sherbrooke, and the public.”
- Mario Trépanier -
Sherbrooke’s Jacques Cartier Park will host the closing ceremonies.
“It is with great pleasure that my team, which is experienced in producing large-scale performances, and I will pull out all the stops to present closing ceremonies that are worthy of these Games, for the Sherbrooke population and for all Canadians.”
- Jean-Pierre Beaudoin -
The teams are ready, motivated, and excited by the prospect of realizing these major projects.
“The art of sport and the art of performance… it’s the same passion! That’s what I’d like to demonstrate by bringing the two together. Our competitors are great athletes, but they’re also artists of movement and precision.”
- Dominick Trudeau -
The Host Society’s values will certainly be evident : personal achievement, perseverance, pleasure, and accountability, all in a spirit of friendship.
The scripts for the ceremonies, which will be inspired by the same theme, will be presented to the Games’ Board of Directors for approval in the fall.
“You can expect to be actors in the ceremonies and to celebrate with the athletes. You can expect to move, jump, and dance!”
- Mr. Trudeau -
Dominick Trudeau, a man with experience!
Dominick Trudeau has earned a strong and enviable reputation in the Quebec arts community. He has designed and directed many galas, events, and fundraising benefits for television and the stage in the past 25 years.
He has handled performances by Brigitte Boisjoli, Marie-Élaine Thibert, Isabelle Boulay, Mario Pelchat, Bobby Bazini, Sylvain Cossette, Martin Deschamps, Andrea Lindsay, Marie-Denise Pelletier, Marie-Ève Janvier, and Jean-François Breau among others.
Dominick Trudeau has been nominated twice as director of the year, nine times for the ADISQ’s performance of the year award in the performer and singer-songwriter-composer category, and has won numerous other awards including two Félixes for performance of the year (2005 and 2007) for directing Isabelle Boulay’s shows. In December 2007, he won the homage award of the Nazareth and Louis-Braille Foundation.
Mr. Trudeau regularly gives workshops and training at various song festivals and cultural events. Since November 2011, he has also been showing the travelling exhibition Les crèches de mon père in various galleries and exhibition halls.