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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 and the countries of the Persian Gulf).
Call for submissions
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. We are launching a call for submissions to all solo dancers of amateur or semi-professional level* who wish to participate. All belly dance styles are accepted (classical, modern, fusion, tribal, etc.) Ten 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.
Your application must contain the following:
- Your name, your phone number and your e-mail address.
- A three to five minute video of you dancing a belly dance number. It does not need to be an original choreography.
- A 250 word biography explaining your dance history and experience.
- A short text (250 words maximum) explaining why you would like to participate in this competition.
- The name of the style you will be presenting (tribal, classic, etc…).
Competition rules if you are selected:
- Maximum duration of your performance: 5 minutes
- The choreography must be your own creation if you are selected to compete.
- If you use an accessory (veil, sword, zills, Isis wings, etc…), you cannot use it for more than 50% of the duration of your number.
- You will have to be 18 years old or over on May 8th 2014. Deadline to send in your application: January 3rd 2014
Send to: email@example.com
Registration is free. We will communicate our decision to you by February 9th 2014.
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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