On September 13, 2007 Créations In Vivo was born, which its primary mandate was the multidisciplinary arts.
Since then we produced the musical and storytelling show C'est arrivé à Sainte-Utopie who won "Coup de foudre scolaire" at Contact Ontarois 2008. This award given from all the show broadcasters in Ontario has allowed the show and its artists to do 43 performances in community centers and high schools during the 2008-2009 season starting on the National Arts Centre's Fourth Stage as it opened the season of Contes Nomades. C'est arrivé à Sainte-Utopie was also nominated at the Trilles Or Awards in the category "Best Children's Show."
Its storyteller, Stéphane Guertin, went to the semi-finals of the canadian selection for Les Jeux de la francophonie 2009. Les Éditions Sans Limites then proposed publishing the text with a sound recording. The project has pleased The Frontenac Cultural Centre of Kingston where Créations In Vivo became resident artist during the year of 2009.
For its second production, Créations In Vivo went to get a major partner, L'École de cirque de Québec. Thanks to a grant of the Ontario Arts Council, the team of La Pluie de bleuets could expirement for a year this circus-theater for young audiences.
Once ready, the production toured for young audiences in Ontario and Quebec in the fall of 2008, going as far as to the Cultural Centre La Pocatière. The play, the text, the staging and the poster were studied by students of the college program in theater at the Cégep de la Pocatière. A few weeks after its first tour, La pluie de bleuets won the "Coup de foudre 2009" award from Réseau Ontario. It was the first time in the history of Réseau Ontario that the same company has won this award two years in a row. The show - with its complex and original aesthetic fusion of circus arts and theater - travelled through Ontario for 107 performances during the 2009-2010 season. It is by far the most impressive "Coup de foudre" tour in the history of Réseau Ontario. In
2010-2011, the show will tour venues in Quebec.
A producer is working on an album release of the soundtrack of the show, consisting of traditional gypsy music and new works. The work of art director and production manager Stéphane Guertin has been rewarded by receiving the "Prix d'excellence artistique de Théâtre Action 2009 arrière-scène" award.
To increase the accessibility of its productions for broadcasters and offer better contracts to its artists, Créations In Vivo has benefited of a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to purchase sound and light equipment for its school tours. This grant also allowed the company to acquire equipment for its circus workshops that complement the performances of La pluie de bleuets. The successful blend of circus arts and theater in La pluie de bleuets convinced the National Capital Commission (NCC) to offer conceptors of Créations In Vivo the production of a theatrical and acrobatic outside show during the Ottawa Winterlude. The show Wacky Vacation has been presented 32 times on an outdoor stage during the month of February 2009. It was described by the organizers of the NCC to be "major family event of the 2009 Winterlude!". In 2010, the collaboration was renewned. Two productions of Créations In Vivo were presented : first, the acrobatic show Tourbilloneries presented on stage, and Créatures Mythiques, poetic characters on stilts, which roamed the streets in February at night time.
Thanks to the quality of performances presented, the partnership between the NCC and Créations In Vivo will be continued. It is foreseen that Créations In Vivo are present at the next edition of Winterlude 2011!
Fall 2010 is pretty busy for Créations In Vivo, who presented a show in process called Hôpital Psy, written by Richard Lebel, a play about mental illnesses. The show was presented in a setting incorporating contemporary dance. Proud of the artistic suggestions, we begin a process to push the production a step further and further involve the medical community during the next season.
We also initiated the creation of a new show: Légendes Boréales, a poetic and dramatization of three major folktales. The show will be showcased at Contact Ontarois in January 2011 and will start its tour in fall 2011.
For the administration, Créations In Vivo has gained an office in 2008 following its first award "Coup de foudre" to welcome the first part-time employee whose salary was funded by the program Young at Work from Canadian Heritage. Afterwards, we continued to hire a part-time administrative assistant to perform specific tasks in relation of the touring shows. Since June 2010, thanks to a three-year help from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, a full-time employee was hired for the position of administration coordinator. In addition to the administration staff, Créations In Vivo hires around thirty contractual and regional artists every year.
Finally, Create Vivo was offered a place at the Ottawa Arts Court as a resident company. This is the first time in ten years that a French theater company is present as a resident company. Many new artistic perspectives and partnerships are now offered!
Contribution to the community :
Les Créations In Vivo are proud to contribute to the growth of young artists from here, to the scenes across the country. Through specialized training sessions in the arts scene - circus arts, singing, dancing - we contribute to the emergence of a talented generation of artists that will interest more than one to the arts, and so, to the cultural vitality. Plus, it is important to us that our young audience benefits the talent of our professional artists. We encourage schools to take advantage of our workshops offered by professional artists. Last season, a special grant of Canadian Heritage has enabled us to offer 50 workshops in circus arts as part of La pluie de bleuets' tour. Since the beginning of the 2010-2011 season, all our shows on scholar tour routinely offer workshops sponsored by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and la Fondation Franco-ontarienne.
In total, Créations In Vivo is : 3 years of existence, 310 presentations, 95 training workshops for young students, 9 master trainings for professional artists in the region, 5 awards of provincial and national levels, 50 professional artists that are hired and more than 70,000 spectators from 3 to 90 years old in 3 provinces.