Canadian Sursaut Modern Dance Ballet “The Cicada and The Ant” Brings Children to the World of Insect

About the ballet:

The ballet for children "The Cicada and the Ant" premiered in 2013 by Sursaut modern dance company, greatly welcomed by children, parents and other viewers. In 2014 the work was entitled as the best in eastern towns by the Quebec Committee for the Arts and Literatures, and widely recognized and praised by the artists. Meanwhile, Francine • châteauvert, choreographer and artistic director of Sursaut modern dance company, created this work and received special award from Culture Commission in eastern towns.

The Cicada and the ant adapted from the original fable of the French writer Jean de La Fontaine. Choreographer Francine Châteauvert combined her own experiences growing up in the country, and presented the simple poetry of rural life and the mystery insect world for the kids and the audience. Land is the carrier of all things, the basis for the survival of mankind. Humans settle on land, build houses, plant, work, sing, and harvest. The work portrays the image of farm life from seed to harvest and also manifests the hardship and pleasure. It makes the audience feel like being in the countryside. And insects become children’s friends, playing together. The ballet also gives viewers living in the city opportunity to be close to the earth, to the land.

Synopsis of The Cicada and the Ant

In winter, the ant was busy drying wet millet. Hungry cicada came to the ant begging for food. The ant asked: "Why did you not go to collect food during the summer?" The cicada replied, "Then there is no time, I was busy singing beautiful songs." The ant said with a smile: "If you sing in the summer, you would dance in the winter."

The ant embodies labor, and the cicada art. Art and labor should be combined. Art should be integrated into the labor, so should labor into the art. Châteauvert Francine emphasizes the importance of culture, land, farmland, intellectual, artistic and cultural education, the importance of physical and psychological states, and the relationship between culture and art.