Rencontres/Encounters - The Commemorative Show for the 400th Anniversary of Québec City

    QUEBEC CITY, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - This morning, the Société du 400e
anniversaire de Québec gave an overview of Rencontres/Encounters, the
commemorative show for the 400th anniversary of Québec City, scheduled for
July 3, 4 and 5 at Place de l'Assemblée nationale. Everyone is invited to this
unique, original event!
    "We want to offer the public a major artistic event, one that is much
more than a series of musical performances. The concept we want to present is
along the lines of the opening and closing ceremonies at major events,"
explained Daniel Gélinas, CEO of the Société du 400e. We have chosen to give
three presentations to allow the greatest number of people- Québec residents,
visitors and tourists, to attend."


    Samuel de Champlain in person, portrayed by Yves Jacques, an actor
originally from Québec City, will recount 400 years of history through ten
impressionist and musical tableaux. Great performers from Québec and the
French-speaking world- Diane Dufresne, Robert Charlebois, Claude Dubois, Annie
Villeneuve, Lynda Thalie, Marie-Jo Thério, Marco Calliari, Maurane, Ginette
Reno, Florent Vollant, HSAO, Yves Lambert, Luce Dufault, Ariane Moffatt and
Daniel Bélanger- will lend their voices to Québec's most beautiful poems and
    Fifteen singers accompanied by 15 musicians, 6 vocalists, 25 acrobats, a
number of dancers and performers along with a chorus of adults and children
will bring this show, based on the history of the Capital, but also inspired
by the history of Québec and the rich heritage of the French-speaking world,
to life. Rencontres/Encounters is produced by Avanti Ciné-Vidéo and directed
by Pierre Boileau.
    "A celebration is a joyful occasion filled with emotion and surprises.
This is what we wanted this commemorative show to create," said Jean Leclerc,
Chairman of the Board of the Société du 400e. "We want these historic events,
images and songs to touch the audience and recall souvenirs of our shared

    The Stage

    The show opens on the façade of the Parliament Building with acrobats,
disguised as the bronze statues that adorn the building, personifying the
Europeans that set out to discover a new world.
    On the ground level, the Tourny fountain is at the centre of a 360-degree
stage, on which is set a dome representing the globe. On this structure, two
shapes representing Québec and Europe move, shift and illuminate throughout
the tableaux.
    Between the Parliament Building and the fountain will be a body of water
symbolizing the St. Lawrence River.

    A History of Encounters

    On stage will be a series of portrayals of the great encounters among the
peoples that have marked our history: the First Nations, France, Acadia, Great
Britain, Scotland and Ireland.
    Different themes will be related in word and song, recreating moments in
the history of our society, our songsters and magic nights, our myths and
    "This show will explode with action, it's not chronological," Pierre
Boileau went on to say. "We are telling the story of the encounters that gave
birth to this country, that shaped and enriched it," concluded the director.
    It is important to note that the show will start at 3:30 p.m. on July 3
and at 4:30 p.m. on July 4 and 5.
    The Société du 400e anniversaire de Québec wishes to thank its partners
for their generous contribution to the organization of the 2008 celebrations,
including Major Partners Desjardins, Bell, Hydro-Québec, the Brasserie
Unibroue, SAQ/Vins de France, IGA and CBC/Radio-Canada, as well as Official
Partners Le Soleil, Pepsi/Alex Coulombe, Cascades and Laurier.

    The Société du 400e anniversaire de Québec is an autonomous, non-profit
organization that is financed by the Government of Québec, the City of Québec
and the Government of Canada, and whose mandate is to coordinate and produce
the celebrations for the 400e anniversary de Québec.

For further information:

For further information: Roxanne St-Pierre, Chief - National and
International Media Relations, Société du 400e anniversaire de Québec, (418)
648-2008, ext. 560,

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