Festival Accès Asie was established in 1995 to promote Asian cultures through various artistic disciplines: dance, comedy, theatre, video, film, visual arts, music, poetry, and new media.
The artists are from over 20 Asian countries: East Asia (Japan, China, Korea), Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore), South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka), Central Asia and the Middle East (Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Armenia).
Raqs sharqi (belly dance) competition
Thursday May 8th 2014 – 8pm – Sala Rossa – Montreal
Accès Asie Festival is proud to announce that it will hold a belly dance competition during its 19th edition in May 2014. The intention behind this initiative is to present the art of belly dance in a professional and educational context. This project promotes our mandate because Festival Accès Asie was established to promote Asian cultures through various artistic disciplines. The artists are from over 20 Asian countries, or they are artists of any origin who make art that is inspired by Asian cultures and thus this competition will be open to all. To offer visibility to up and coming dancers, the competition will be for solo dancers of amateur or semi-professional level*. All belly dance styles are accepted (classical, modern, fusion, tribal, etc.) Twelve finalists will be selected to participate in the competition. A total of four prizes will be awarded (first, second, third and Audience’s Choice Award).
* We consider that a semi-professional dancer is someone who earns less than 50% of her or his income from dance related activities. Please note that there will be only one category for all the participants.
The call for submissions is over. The name of the finalists will be revealed shortly. Meanwhile, here is a video that we have prepared for the occasion:
The competition will be judged by three nationally and internationally renowned professional dancers: Marina Salonga, Amrita Choudhury and Pierre Khoury.
www.marinadance.com Her dance style is inspired by cabaret, hip-hop and contemporary dance. The colours of her performances are drawn from tribal style as well as from Turkish folklore and classical Persian dance. Marina is also an internationally renowned circus artist.
www.ananda-amrita.com An internationally renowned dancer, teacher and choreographer, Amrita is a specialist of Odissi and Bollywood. She is proficient in many styles ; classical, Indian folklore as well as gypsy and contemporary. She has also studied belly dance with a ghawazee master.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb1Sq7_e-9c Pierre Khoury is highly acclaimed in the Middle Eastern dance world in Quebec and in North America. This dancer of Syrian origins is passionate about his work as a dancer and as a choreographer.
Here is a brief history of belly dance, written by Gilda Boffa
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