Presented by Festival Accès Asie & OBORO
Master Classes in Media and Performing Arts
October 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2016
Artists / Instructors :
Acting, In and Out of Depth
Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm
(fiction and non-fiction feature filmmaker)
International Documentary Filmmaking
Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm
(scratch DJ, musician and graphic novelist)
Learning to Roll with Inspiration
Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm
(puppetry artist and leading researcher on Chinese shadow puppetry)
Chinese Shadow Puppetry
Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm
Curator: Kakim Goh
A series of 4 intensive full-day master classes for professional artists and students in the arts specializing in cinema, television, theatre, puppetry, performing arts, visual arts, music and new media OBORO New Media Lab 4001, rue Berri, local 200, Montréal (Québec), H2L 4H2
Festival Accès Asie, in collaboration with OBORO, is proud to present Master Classes in Media and Performing Arts, a series of 4 master classes instructed by world-renowned Montreal-based artists of Asian heritage who are recognized as key leaders in the arts on the national and international level: actress Mylène Dinh-Robic, filmmaker Yung Chang, musician Kid Koala and puppetry artist Annie Rollins. The full-day intensive Master Classes will held at the OBORO New Media Lab on October 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2016.
Curated by Kakim Goh, the purpose of the Master Classes is to provide professional artists and students in the arts with a forum to gain invaluable industry knowledge, develop specialized skills and network through classes given by experts in their respective artistic fields.
Cost for professional artists $30 for 1 individual master class (lunch included) $100 for a value package of 4 master classes (lunch included)
Registration September 6 - October 20, 2016
To register / for more info, contact OBORO’s New Media Lab: 514-844-3250, ext. 230 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MASTER CLASS 1
Mylène Dinh-Robic (actress) Acting, In and Out of Depth Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm
This Master Class will delve into what an actor can experience when building, creating and delivering a given performance as well as the many differences that exist between acting for the stage, acting for the camera and finally acting for motion capture and voice work in the video game industry.
My own training and professional acting journey will serve as an example for participants to better understand the actor’s place in storytelling and show business in general. Geographic film and television production cultures in Canada, namely, in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, will be highlighted and examined. My experiences acting in English and French will also be shared. Photos, videos and sound clips of various stage, screen and video game performances will be shown and discussed throughout the class and specific times are scheduled to answer any questions you may have. Discussion and debate during class time are very welcome and highly encouraged.
A francophone of Vietnamese and Quebecois heritage, Mylène Dinh-Robic (www.mylenerobic.com) was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. An actress now for over fifteen years, she has worked on stage, on camera and in video games. She first played opposite actor Nicholas Campbell as Rita Mah, one of the main characters in the Vancouver produced television series Da Vinci's City Hall (CBC). Later, she worked in Toronto on 3 seasons of The listener (CTV) in the role of Dr. Olivia Fawcett. Mylène more recently performed in French in Radio-Canada’s Montreal shot Nouvelle Adresse and Série Noire. She now portrays Beatrice ‘Bear’ Hamelin, one of the main characters in Bravo Canada’s critically acclaimed English adaptation television show 19-2. Mylène resides in Montreal and holds a BA in Communications from Concordia University.
MASTER CLASS 2
Yung Chang (fiction and non-fiction feature filmmaker) International Documentary Filmmaking: China Heavyweight - A Case Study on Creating Cinematic Documentary
Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm This Master Class is intended to inform participants about the many stages, from conception to completion, involved in making a documentary film.
Presented as a case study on creating cinematic documentary, the class consists of a screening of the documentary film “China Heavyweight” followed by a break-down of the stages of filmmaking including a detailed discussion about the processes of making a documentary from development to production to post and marketing / festival release.
Yung Chang (www.yungfilms.com) is the award-winning director of Up the Yangtze《沿江而上》(2007), China Heavyweight《千錘百鍊》(2012), and The Fruit Hunters (2012). Chang’s films have screened in cinemas world-wide and at international film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, and IDFA. His critically acclaimed films have won awards in Paris, Milan, Vancouver, San Francisco, the Canadian Genie, Taiwan Golden Horse, Cinema Eye Honors and have been nominated at Sundance, the Independent Spirit Awards and the Emmys. He is currently completing a screenplay for his first dramatic feature, Eggplant, 《茄子》 and developing a feature documentary about Robert Fisk, the controversial Middle East correspondent. His latest, Gatekeeper, is on the festival circuit and will be broadcast on Field of Vision, Laura Poitras' curated online film unit. Chang is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
MASTER CLASS 3
Kid Koala (scratch DJ, musician and graphic novelist) Learning to Roll with Inspiration
Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm
In this Master Class, Kid Koala shares his take on life and experiences as an artist through anecdotes, photos, videos and musical demonstrations. Subjects explored include how inspiration can take many forms, the significance of multidisciplinary arts in today’s world and how making mistakes in art can often lead to the opening of many new doors.
Kid Koala will discuss how storytelling has remained at the core of his work from his early DIY recordings in music to larger productions, ranging from film scores, animation, theatre and video games to special touring events. The class will include live demonstrations of his turntable skills as well as selections of photos and video clips from numerous live events and film projects. Other topics include escaping writers’ block, the benefits of making mistakes, how to build a team of artists and the beauty of collaboration. Discussion and debate are highly recommended.
Kid Koala (www.kidkoala.com) is a world-renowned scratch DJ who has published two graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall (ECW Press, 2003) and Space Cadet (Uni Books, 2011) and released four solo albums on Ninja Tune: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2001), Some of My Best Friends Are DJs (2003), Your Mom's Favorite DJ (2006) and 12 bit Blues (2012).
Kid Koala has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Money Mark, John Medeski, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, Jack Johnson, DJ Shadow, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He has contributed to scores for Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Looper, The Great Gatsby, and has composed music for The NFB, the Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim. His unforgettable live shows range from silly touring turntable carnivals like Vinyl Vaudeville to quiet-time events like Music To Draw To. He lives in Montreal with his wife and two daughters.
MASTER CLASS 4
Annie Rollins (puppetry artist and leading researcher on Chinese shadow puppetry) Chinese Shadow Puppetry
Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm
This Master Class will acquaint participants with traditional Chinese shadow puppet history and an array of DIY Chinese shadow puppet-making techniques.
With a complex and rich past of more than 1500 years, the brilliantly coloured leather Chinese shadow puppets carry their history with them. This intensive master class aims to acquaint participants with traditional Chinese shadow puppet history and practices as well and equipping them with an array of adapted do-it-yourself Chinese shadow puppet-making techniques. Part lecture, part living museum, and part hands-on workshop; this session is all you need to contextualize and utilize this incredible puppet form.
Annie Rollins (www.anniekatsurarollins.com & www.annierollins.wordpress.com) is multi-racial artist from the United States who works primarily as researcher and practitioner of traditional Chinese Shadow Puppetry. She has been a shadow puppet apprentice in Mainland China since 2008 and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2011 to continue the work. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Concordia University in Montreal on the transmission of traditional Chinese shadow puppet making methods. Recent venues for workshops, lectures and performances include the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, the Virginia Fine Arts Museum, the Linden Center in Yunnan China, Droom Theatre and the RietveldAcademie in the Netherlands. Annie frequently publishes in Puppetry International and has a forthcoming article in Asian Theatre Journal. Rollins recently launched the first English language comprehensive Chinese shadow puppetry site at www.chineseshadowpuppetry.com.
ORGANIZERS & FUNDERS
Kakim Goh (www.kakimgoh.com & www.linkedin.com/in/gohsolutions) was born in Singapore and lives in Montreal. He serves as Curator of the Visual Arts Program and Vice-President of the Board of Directors at Festival AccèsAsie, where he is responsible for organizing visual arts exhibitions, professional development programs and cultural mediation activities. He is also in charge of developing special project collaborations with business, cultural and government institutions such as the Embassy of Mongolia to Canada.He holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University. As a visual artist who creates interdisciplinary painting, performance and video installations, Kakim has been exhibiting in Mexico and Quebec since 1993, most notably at MAI, OBORO and Maison de la Culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal.
Elodie Lavergne (www.linkedin.com/in/elodielavergne1) was born in France and lives in Montreal where she specializes in the fields of arts and culture. She holds a Certificate in Animation and Cultural Research from UQAM as well as a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Corporate Development from CNAM Haute-Normandie. In France, she gained marketing and event management experience working for L’Oréal Paris and volunteering at the Fontenay-Sous-Bois City Hall where she organized events, concerts and exhibitions. She is a member of the organizing team at artScène Montréal’s Projet A144. Elodie has served as an Event Coordinator at Festival AccèsAsie since Fall 2015.
Festival AccèsAsie (www.accesasie.com) is a Montreal-based arts festival that promotes Asian arts, histories and cultures in Quebec and Canada through various artistic disciplines including film, visual arts, dance, theatre, video, music, comedy, poetry, literature, culinary arts, performance and new media. Established in 1995, Festival AccèsAsie is Canada’s longest continuously running Asian heritage arts festival. To date, it has presented works of over 600 artists of Asian origin from more than 20 different countries including East Asia (Japan, China, Korea); Southeast Asia (Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore); South Asia (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka); Central & Middle Eastern Asia (Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Armenia).
Since 1982, OBORO (www.oboro.net) cross-pollinates visual and media-based artistic practices and defines itself as a creative platform for the development, production and exhibition of original artworks, as well as education for artists, research and cultural mediation.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
The Master Classes are offered in English with occasional French oral translation, as needed. Early reservation is strongly recommended, as each master class is limited to 20 participants. Prerequisites
- Participants must be professional artists or students pursuing a specialization in an artistic discipline;
- Participants are expected to have experience and knowledge in their artistic domain;
- Participants will be asked to provide information (website, LinkedIn) on their artistic profession or specialization which will be made available (with consent) to master class instructors.
Registration period From September 6 to October 20, 2016 Number of participants (limited places available)
Maximum 20 for each master class
Cost for professional artists
$30 for 1 individual master class (lunch included)
$100 for a value package of 4 master classes (lunch included)
Policy Reservation / Payment
Reservations can be made by phone or e-mail. Full payment must be made for reservations to be valid. Payments can be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), cheque or in cash. Registration to a master class is not transferable.
Cancellation / Refund
OBORO does not refund registration fees except in case of illness (with a medical note) or of absolute necessity. In such cases, registration fees are transferable to another master class or service offered by the New Media Lab.
Master Class Cancellation
OBORO reserves the right to cancel master classes at any time and without advance notice. In this case, registration fees are completely refunded.
To register / for more info, contact
OBORO’s New Media Lab: 514-844-3250, ext. 230 or email@example.com
The Master Classes are held at the OBORO New Media Lab 4001, rue Berri, local 200, Montréal (Québec), H2L 4H2
Mongolia, Land of Eternal Blue Sky
Photographs by Bayar Balgantseren (Mongolia)
Presented by the Embassy of Mongolia to Canada
& Festival Accès Asie
Opening cocktail: Friday, March 4, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Exhibition: March 4 to May 8, 2016
182 St-Laurent Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2S5
(St-Laurent metro station)
The Embassy of Mongolia to Canada and Festival Accès Asie, in collaboration with the Mongolian Canadian Association and Monument-National are pleased to present Mongolia, Land of Eternal Blue Sky, a visual arts exhibition featuring photographic works by artist Bayar Balgantseren (Mongolia). The exhibition will run from March 4th to May 8th, 2016. The public is invited to attend the opening cocktail on Friday, March 4th, 2016, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, showcasing traditional dance by Mongolian children from Montreal, a music performance by Quebecois singer Juulie Rousseau and Mongolian specialities served courtesy of the Mongolian Canadian Association. The event will be officiated by His Excellency, Mr. Radnaabazar Altangerel, the fourth resident Ambassador of Mongolia to Canada.
Curated by Kakim Goh and Catherine LaMendola, with assistance from Elodie Lavergne, Mongolia, Land of Eternal Blue Sky explores Mongolian identity and culture both past and present as exemplified in three perspectives: nature, nomadic life, and the Mongolian city.
Bayar Balgantseren to is a renowned Mongolian digital photographer, who is interested in the complex, and often contrasting facets of life in his country. The images exhibited in Mongolia, Land of Eternal Blue Sky offer different views of contemporary Mongolia, a country with complex and seemingly contrasting cultures, often thought of as “exotic” by Western viewers. Mongolian identity is explored through images of desolate steppes and bustling cities, featuring scenes of everyday life for both nomadic peoples and urban dwellers. Through his exploration of traditional nomadic culture and contemporary urban development, Balgantseren seeks to capture every facet of life in the beautiful and vast country of Mongolia.
The exhibition will consist of three themes: nature, nomadic life and the capital city of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. The images of nature display the country’s diverse landscapes, from the vast steppes to the Gobi desert, and the breathtaking waterfalls of Orkhon. Snapshots of everyday nomadic life and culture reveal people who are deeply connected to their environment, and present their authentic ways of life. Lastly, photographs of Mongolia’s cities present a contemporary country dedicated to development and progress, with deep cultural and historical roots.
For more information, contact:
Curator | Kakim Goh | (514) 270-6913 |
Photographer Bayar Balgantseren (www.mongolphototour.com) currently lives and works in Mongolia. Since 2007, he has been taking photographs that capture scenes of nature, wildlife, landscapes, and images of traditional Mongolian nomadic lifestyles. In 2013, he published his first book of photography, entitled Bayar’s Photography Impressions. More recently, his work has been shown internationally at exhibitions in Tokyo, Japan and Ulan-Ude, Russia. In the past four years, his photography has been featured in multiple publications, including National Geographic Travel, Goodali, Mongolian Photo, and Wonderful Life.
Ambassador Radnaabazar Altangerel was born in Tsetserleg, Mongolia and is the fourth resident Ambassador of Mongolia to Canada (www.ottawa.embassy.mn). Previously, he served as Ambassador of Mongolia to France, Spain, Portugal and Monaco and Permanent Delegate of Mongolia to UNESCO. He holds degrees from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and École Nationale d’Administration in Paris. In addition, he has worked in various capacities with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, serving as the Chief of Diplomatic Protocol and State Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.
Mongolia-Canada Bilateral Relations Mongolia and Canada established diplomatic relations on November 30, 1973 and celebrated the 40th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2013. Mongolia first opened its General Consulate in Toronto in 1998. The Embassy of Mongolia to Canada was officially inaugurated in in Ottawa in December 2001. With similar climatic conditions, scarcity of population, abundance of natural and agricultural resources with a high role of these sectors in their economies, our two countries share a wealth of common experiences, enhancing Mongolia and Canada’s friendly cooperation in a number of key areas. There are approximately five thousand three hundred Mongolians living in Canada, including two hundred Mongolians in Montreal.
Kakim Goh (www.kakimgoh.com) was born in Singapore and lives in Montreal. He is the Vice President of the Board of Directors at Festival Accès Asie, in addition to serving as the Curator of the Visual Arts Program, responsible for organizing visual arts exhibitions, professional development programs and cultural mediation activities. He holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University. As a visual artist who creates interdisciplinary painting, performance and video installations, Kakim has been exhibiting in Mexico and Quebec since 1993, most notably at MAI, the OBORO New Media Laboratory and la Maison de la Culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal.
Catherine LaMendola was born in Texas and lives in Montreal. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in Art History at McGill University. She is also the co-president of McGill University’s student art gallery and her research focuses on contemporary installation practices and art criticism. She has written and edited for various Montreal publications including The Main and McGill’s journal Canvas. She has served as a curatorial intern at Festival Accès Asie since Spring 2015.
Elodie Lavergne was born in France and lives in Montreal. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Corporate Development from CNAM Haute-Normandie. In France, she gained marketing and event management experience working for L’Oréal Paris and volunteering at the Fontenay-Sous-Bois City Hall where she organized events, concerts and exhibitions. She is currently specializing in arts and culture by pursuing a Certificate in Animation and Cultural Research at UQAM. She has served as an Event Coordinator at Festival Accès Asie since Fall 2015.
Festival Accès Asie (www.accesasie.com) is a Montréal-based non-profit organization (NPO) that promotes Asian arts, histories and cultures in Québec and Canada through various artistic disciplines including visual arts, dance, theatre, video, film, music, comedy, poetry, literature, performance, new media and culinary arts. Formed in 1995, Festival Accès Asie is the longest continuously running Asian heritage arts festival in Canada. To date, it has presented works of over 600 artists of Asian origin from more than 20 different Asian countries.
20TH ANNIVERSAIRY OF THE JOURNÉES DE LA CULTURE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th 2016
Festival Accès Asie, in collaboration with Gesù, Centre de créativité, is pleased to participate in Journées de la culture 2016. Two different activities will be offered, intended for two different audiences.
Festival Accès Asie is participating at the 20th edition of Journées de la culture. Offering unique workshops, the Festival promotes, as part of its mandate, Asian culture through the arts in different disciplines.
Huy-Phong Doan is a fight choreographer born in Vietnam.
Since 1980s, he is recognized across the world for his fight choreographies that are shown in theaters, cinemas and operas. He is currently working on a full-length feature film scenario and on the adaptation of the great Chinese novel Water Margin.
Doan will present a Wu Shu workshop, a Chinese traditional martial art, to youth between 7 and 11 on Friday the 30th in the morning. This workshop will be an opportunity for children to burn the energy accumulated during the summer in a complete workshop, from theory to practice.
Free admission – 30 people maximum – For reservation
From 10 am to 11:30 am
Marina Salonga is a multidisciplinary artist recognized by her peers across the world in the fields of dance and circus. As an instructor, Marina began teaching belly dancing and fire dancing in 2006. Marina is continuously inspired by new projects and always seeks to create new performances and events.
She will offer an introductory baladi workshop. The event is open to the public on Friday the 30th of September in the afternoon. Marina will initiate you to the basic movements of this oriental dance and get inspired to teach a short choreography. She also will talk about the foundation of Oriental dance and will do a short performance.
Free admission – 15 people maximum – For reservation
From 5:30pm to 6:45 pm
20th edition of Journées de la culture
Founded in 1997 by Culture pour tous, Journées de la culture is an annual culture gathering for Montrealers and abroad to discover, participate, discuss, learn and share a variety of artistic and cultural activities vital to the city. Free workshops are organized and led by many non-profit, patrimonial and established organizations during annual month of September.