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OPENING COCKTAIL

Cocktail ouverture

Unveiling of the programming and opening of the Asian Heritage Month celebrations

Tuesday, May 1st 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm 

Free – Reservation required

 Lion d’Or  1676, Ontario E. – Metro Papineau

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On May 1st, you are cordially invited to celebrate the 23rd edition of Festival Accès Asie at Cabaret Lion d’Or. The Opening Cocktail coincides with the start of Canada’s annual Asian Heritage Month. This year, the festivities will start at 5:30pm with a word of welcome from our guest of honor, André Dudemaine. On offer for your pleasure will be a colorful glimpse of our 2018 program accompanied by an array of delicacies, which we encourage you to enjoy without moderation.

Festival Accès Asie is pleased to present to you on stage Geneviève Duong and Charro Foo Tai Wei who will be performing extracts from the multidiciplinary dance production Triangle Courbé, followed by an extract of Golestan with Ziya Tabassian (percussions) and Nazih Borish (oud).

Wrap up the evening in style with DJ and VJ duo Interstellar II and Me Float who can be counted on to keep the good flow going!

Khosro Berahmandi and Céline Gleviczky, Festival directors, and their team, are delighted to invite you to the unveiling of the 23rd edition of Festival Accès Asie packed with discoveries and surprises.

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André Dudemaine credit Courtoisie d’André DudemaineAndré Dudemaine – Guest of honor

For over 28 years, André Dudemaine has been a cofounder and director of Terres en vues / Land InSights, a driving force behind the annual multidisciplinary Montreal First Peoples’ Festival, which presents first nations arts and culture from the three Americas and around the world. André also sits on the boards of directors of Culture Montréal and DestiNATIONS, an international arts and culture crossroad of aboriginal peoples. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Montréal (2017) and the Prix Jacques-Couture by the National Assembly of Quebec acknowledging his role in intercultural rapprochement as co-president of the tricentennial celebrations of the Great Peace of Montreal (1701-2001). From 2002 to 2004, he was a member of the APTN Network’s board of directors, a television broadcaster dedicated to aboriginal programming in Canada. André Dudemaine, a member of the Mashteuiatsh community, is of the Innu Nation.

Ziya credit Michel PinaultZiya Tabassian – Percussionist

Ziya Tabassian has been a tombak player (Iranian drum) since the age of six. In Montreal, he studied classical oriental percussion and has been active in the ancient and world music milieus. Ziya has collaborated with various ensembles and soloists, and has performed in prestigious venues and festivals in over forty countries. Ziya has numerous discs in his repertoire and launched his first solo CD in 2007 with the label Ambiances Magnétiques. He performs with several musical groups including the Âstân ensemble (founded by Bashir Faramarzi in 2013), Constantinople, Ensemble Caprice, the Kronos Quartet, Mercan Dede, En Chordais, Lo’Jo. Le Cercle des Cycles, his latest album, came out in November 2017. (www.ziyatabassian.com)

Nazieh credit Nathaneil HuardNazih Borish – Oudist

A native of Latakia (Syria), Nazih Borish started learning oud with his father at the age of five. He became a child prodigy and gave his first concerts in his native city when he was only thirteen. A self-taught musician, he mastered oud techniques and different styles of music including Arabic, Turkish, Flamenco, among others. Nazih has played alongside great Middle-Eastern artists and performed in cities throughout the Middle East as well as Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Canada and the United-States. In 2005, Nazih founded his own music school in Latakia teaching oud and improvisation to more than a hundred students. Since his arrival in Montreal, in 2016, Nazih has collaborated with numerous local artists and is very active in the music scene of the metropolis.

Genevieve credit André Du BoisGeneviève Duong – Choreographer and performer

Geneviève Duong first trained in nursing at McGill University (2009) but turned to professional dance earning a DEC in Danse Interpretation in contemporary dance at l'École de Danse de Québec (2012), Geneviève is now a performer, choreographer, and teacher in contemporary dance strongly influenced by a desire for cultural mediation. Driven by a desire to anchor her practice from a scientific standpoint, she signed up for a bachelor in Science historique et étude du patrimoine at Université Laval (2017–). Her creations reflect her deep concern, that is to say the development of an invested, conscious and compassionate body language through a multidisciplinary spontaneous composition process. She is administrator at RQD (2015–) and L’Artère (2012–).

Courtoisie de Charo Foo Tai Wei

Charo Foo Tai Wei – Choreographer and performer

Trained in modern dance and traditional Chinese dance, Charo Foo Tai Wai arrived in Quebec in 2005 where she trained in contemporary dance at l'École Nationale de Danse de Québec. From 2007 to 2013, she performed in Robert Lepage`s production of The Blue Dragon (Ex Machina) as an actress, dancer, and choreographer. In 2015, she discovered butô dance with Natsu Nakajima, Yukio Waguri, Atsushi Takenouchi, Yumiko Yoshioka, and Rizhome Lee. Since 2010, Foo has travelled around the world giving Chinese dance workshops on top of performing in festivals.

Interstellar II et MF credit Julien ChampagneInterstellaire II and Me Float – DJ and VJ Duo

Chittakone Thirakul is Interstellaire II and Gabrielle Goudbout is Me Float. Together, they form a sound and visual project created by two artists represented by the record label Jeunesse Cosmique. The duo, always reaching for the stars, is also at the helm of CISM Radio’s show, also called Jeunesse Cosmique, where they devote themselves to discovering lost treasures and the future of music. Chittakone is of Laotian origin and pays tribute to his Asian origins with his project Hazy Montagne Mystique. The duo loves to liven up evenings with music tainted by quite diverse styles of music, with a penchant for Oriental and Asian sounds.

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MULTIDISCIPLINARY

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Oracle Bones

Friday May 4 at 8pm

$ 10

 Sala Rossa 4848 St-Laurent – Laurier Metro

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Festival Accès Asie is pleased to present Oracle Bones for a haunting musical experience.

Oracle Bones offers an evening of four carefully selected musical acts accompanied by visual projections, stage elements, and performance art. We invite you to travel through this chimerical landscape of images and light. Perceived as a powerful spiritual act, divination arts serve as a guiding force to the collective psyche of the people. Divination, through examining animal bones, is a well-known cross-cultural practice throughout history.

Respectfully borrowing the concept of this ancient practice, Oracle Bones is an exploration of a subconscious mind through still and moving images, lights, sound, and movement. Yen-Chao Lin, Oliver Emrys Lewis, Maya Kuroki, Rainer Wiens, Ruby Kato Attwood, Eric Quach, and Philippe Leonard interpret metaphorical themes conjured by past diviners as we gather to share this rich and immersive audiovisual experience with the audience.

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Yen-Chao Lin credit Oliver LewisYen-Chao Lin – Multidisciplinary artist

Yen-Chao Lin is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist who graduated from Concordia University with a BFA in film production. A self-described postmodern archivist and natural history enthusiast, she is an avid collector of all things from found family records to Victorian ephemera and biological specimens. Commenting on the impermanence of existence through intuitive play, collaboration, and scavenging, her work explores oral history, folk religion practice, ecology, and hauntology. She has participated in festivals and exhibitions in Canada, France, UK, Taiwan, and the US amongst others. She is currently a core member and key programmer for Atelier Céladon. (www.yenchaolin.com)

Oliver Emrys Lewis credit Jason HendrikOliver Emrys Lewis – Musician

Based in Montreal, Oliver Emrys Lewis has been creating and publicly performing since the early 2000’s. With a penchant for gentle soundscapes, scattered illusions, and seismic ruptures, Oliver’s recent electroacoustic compositions explore the peripheries of consensus reality and what lies beyond, while touching on aspects of hypnotism, mysticism, supernatural phenomenon, dreams, and the subconscious. His sound work is crafted to instill a variety of experiential interpretations in the mind of each individual listener, as familiar sounds from everyday life gradually become magnified and manipulated past common recognition to expose the unearthly textures, timbres, and rhythms within. In 2012, Oliver co-founded Mirror Play with Yen-Chao Lin as a creative outlet for their shared interest in creating abstract stylizations in art, film, and music.

Maya Kuroki credit Ulysse L.B.Maya Kuroki – Actress & musician

Born in Japan, Maya Kuroki is a musician, vocalist, actress, scene director, and visual artist. After exploring the world as an actress for two years, she settled in Montreal, devoting herself to music composition, performance, painting, writing, and looking for artistic treasures. Kuroki established the band Dynamo Coleoptera, which offered not only experimental rock in Japanese but also theatrical performances. Strongly influenced by underground culture and '70s Japanese pop, her music and performances are marked by surrealism and Dadaism. Currently active in musical composition for films and making collaborative improvisations with other musicians, Maya continues to compose and perform throughout Quebec, looking for a world without frontiers. (www.mayakuroki.com)

Rainer Wiens credit Jan KomarekRainer Wiens – Musician

Born in Germany and settled in Montreal, Rainer Wiens is a musician whose originality is unparalleled in the world of contemporary jazz and new music, focusing on prepared guitar and lamellophone. Over the last fifteen years, Wiens has developed a unique guitar style and has composed music for dance, theater, television, and film, working with Lucie Gregoire, Sinha Dance and Mariko Tanabe. He was a founding member of the band Noma, directed by Tom Walsh, he also co-founded, with Jan Komarek, the multidisciplinary company Sound Image Theatre in Toronto. (www.rainerwiens.com)

Ruby Kato Attwood credit Ulysse L.B.Ruby Kato Attwood – Vocalist

Ruby Kato Attwood is a singer and artist working in Montreal. Attwood is the co-founder and former vocalist of the band and arts collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, for which she was nominated a Juno for best experimental album in 2014, and twice nominated for the Polaris Prize. She received the award for best experimental album for the GAMIQ (Quebec Indy music awards) in 2012 and is the recipient of support from FACTOR and SODEC. Attwood is now studying voice with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Quebec Council for Arts and Letters. Her performances and recordings have been exhibited internationally.

thisquietarmy web credit Meryem YildizEric Quach – Musician

THISQUIETARMY is the solo project of Montreal-based experimental musician Eric Quach (Destroyalldreamers, Hypnodrone Ensemble). Revolving around improvised guitar drone and by combining textural & structural elements of ambient/noise, electronic/shoegaze, post-punk/krautrock, and black/doom metal, thisquietarmy creates a wide range of dynamic soundscapes which oscillate between repetitive dreamy minimalism, multi-layered noise textures, and electronic industrial beats. Since 2005, thisquietarmy has performed more than 500 times in 35 countries at festivals like Red Bull Music Academy, Nemo Digital Arts Biennale, and Le Guess Who? Also, thisquietarmy has released over 40 records on 25 different labels such as Consouling Sounds, Denovali Records, Aurora Borealis, Alien8 Recordings, Shelter Press, and three:four Records, and collaborationed with the likes of Aidan Baker (Nadja), Scott Cortez (loveliescrushing), and Noveller & Syndrome (Amenra).

Philippe Leonard credit Ebru YildizPhilippe Leonard – Visual artist

Phillippe Leonard is a lone wolf roaming the world to catch glimpses of light with his camera. Working with film, photography, and expanded forms of moving images, he is interested in the perception of time, physics of light, and phenomenology. Since 2015, he has been working with Godspeed You! Black Emperor and, since 2010, has been a member of the Double Negative film collective. His work has been exhibited in notable international contexts such as the 16th WRO Media Biennale (Poland), Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands), Anthology Film Archive (New York City), EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival (Seoul), Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France), and Galerie Les Territoires (Montréal). (www.philippe-leonard.com)

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OPENING EXHIBITION

Noeud_©Parisa Rajabian

Nœud

Saturday May 5th 5pm to 8pm – Exhibition until May 27th 

Free Admission

MEKIC Gallery 4438, de la Roche – Mont-Royal Metro

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Festival Accès Asie, in collaboration with MEKIC Gallery, is pleased to present the exhibition Nœud by the Iranian artist Parisa Rajabian. This visual art exhibition, curated by Hanieh Ziaei, poses a knot as the center of her reflection, sometimes hindering, sometimes preceding connections.

The paradox of the knot resides in its explicit polysemy - without links there is no knot, without links there is no life. We tie them between us and retie them and we find ourselves tied and retied.

With this exhibition, Parisa explores the theme of people and their environment, addressing the question of women and their place in a revolutionary Iranian patriarchy. For Nœud, she employs various media to create her illustrations, through the use of mixed techniques. Video projections by the artist Shahim Parhami will accompany her artworks.

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Parisa credit Hamed TabeinParisa Rajabian  – Visual Artist

Born in Iran, Parisa graduated from the Kerman Art University and holds a degree in Painting and New Media. Parisa moved to Montreal in 2015. Inspired by her cultural background, she presents her pieces with a new language using new artistic media, she tries to reduce the boundaries between cultures and cultivates a certain immediacy with her audience. Between 2006 and 2017, Parisa has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Germany, South Korea, Iran, Hungary, and Romania. Her illustrations are featured in the 9th edition (October 2017) of TicArtToc magazine. Parisa has recently started expanding her artistic practice to contemporary dance. (www.parisarajabian.com)

Shahin credit Amir FarshidShahin Parhami – Filmmaker

Shahin Parhami was born in Iran and arrived in Canada in 1988 where he pursued film studies and production, first at Ottawa’s Carleton University and later at Concordia University in Montreal. Specializing in documentaries, Shahin's works have been shown at various international film festivals such as the World Film Festival of Montreal, Hot Docs, Thessaloniki, and Le Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal. His work has received numerous praises internationally. His latest documentary, Shahrzaad’s Tale, is supported by TeleFilm Canada, the AND, and The Canada Council for the Arts. (www.shahinparhami.info)

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Hanieh Ziaei – Art critic

Originally from Tehran, Hanieh Ziaei has studied in Brussels (B.A.) and Montreal (M.A. and Ph.D) where she currently resides and works. In her research in art sociology and culture, Hanieh Ziaei looks at the place of artists in Iran's contemporary society as well as the role of Iranian art in exile. She is interested in the counterbalance of the power of artists and the political and social dimensions of contemporary Iranian art. She writes for many art magazines including Vie des Arts, Séquences and TicArtToc (DAM). She is also a resident researcher at the Observatoire sur le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique du Nord (OMAN) de la Chaire Raoul-Dandurand at UQÀM and a member of the Cercle des Chercheurs sur le Moyen-Orient (CCMO) in Paris and the Centre d’Études de la Coopération Internationale et de Développement (CECID) of ULB in Brussels.

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The place of women artists in Iranian contemporary art

Sunday May 6th  2pm to 4pm

Free Admission – Limited places RSVP

MEKIC Gallery 4438, de la Roche – Mont-Royal Metro

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Festival Accès Asie is pleased to present a conference animated by Hanieh Ziaei, extending the experience of the Nœud exhibition by engaging the audience in a discussion and a reflection on the place of women artists in the world of Iranian contemporary art.

With the exhibition titled Nœud by Parisa Rajabian, the table is set to observe various dimensions of Iranian contemporary art and gives way to a socio-political and artistic contextualizationfrom which we can reflect on the place that women artists occupy in the world of Iranian contemporary art.

The reappropriation of corporal expression and the rejection of the mystification of the feminine body by the artist encourage a multidimensional reflection highlighting underlying existential questions as well as questioning identity.

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Hanieh credit Hamed TabeinHanieh Ziaei – Art critic

Originally from Tehran, Hanieh Ziaei has studied in Brussels (B.A.) and Montreal (M.A. and Ph.D) where she currently resides and works. In her research in art sociology and culture, Hanieh Ziaei looks at the place of artists in Iran's contemporary society as well as the role of Iranian art in exile. She is interested in the counterbalance of the power of artists and the political and social dimensions of contemporary Iranian art. She writes for many art magazines including Vie des Arts, Séquences and TicArtToc (DAM). She is also a resident researcher at the Observatoire sur le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique du Nord (OMAN) de la Chaire Raoul-Dandurand at UQÀM and a member of the Cercle des Chercheurs sur le Moyen-Orient (CCMO) in Paris and the Centre d’Études de la Coopération Internationale et de Développement (CECID) of ULB in Brussels.

Parisa credit Hamed TabeinParisa Rajabian – Visual Artist

Born in Iran, Parisa Rajabian graduated from Kerman Art University with a degree in Painting and New Media. Parisa moved to Montreal in 2015. Inspired by her cultural background, she presents her pieces through a new language; by selecting new artistic media, she tries to reduce the boundaries between cultures and cultivates an immediacy with her audience. Between 2006 and 2017, Parisa has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Germany, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, and Iran. She has recently expanded her artistic practice to include contemporary dance. In October 2017, Parisa’s illustrations were featured in the 9th edition of the TicArtToc magazine. (www.parisarajabian.com)

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Du 1er au 27 mai 2018