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Sophia's Resurrection

Thursday May 17th 7:30pm

Free pass available Tuesday, May 1st from 6pm at the Maison de la culture Ahuntsic or online ($2 fee) at accesculture.com

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Maison de la culture Ahuntsic 10300, Lajeunesse – Henri-Bourrassa Metro

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The Maison de la culture Ahuntsic and Festival Accès Asie are pleased to present Sophia’s Resurrection, a compelling and powerful story about a woman’s life cycle expressed through dance, with the talented Amrita Choudhury, Mary St-Amand Williamson and Norman Acheepineskum.

Sophia’s journey begins in India, born as the unwanted “girl child” in a conservative Hindu family. Of mixed descent, her physical appearance was always an obstacle to getting ahead in life. Escaping arranged marriages and a life of uncertainty, Sophia was packed up and sent to Canada. Sophia faced racism, violence, and abuse which made her furious fight for her identity and her place in this world. Sophia, meaning ‘’wisdom’’ in Greek, is about the inner wisdom and strength of the human spirit.

Sophia’s Resurrection traces the journey of an immigrant woman facing great adversity. Through the cycle of life, death, resurrection, and transformation, she finds her place in this world.

Through multiple dance pieces highlighting the different stages of Sophia's life, Amrita infuses various styles of dance, music, and spoken word, to offer a passionate, heart felt performance of Sophia's resurrection.

In addition of the performance, you are invited to plunge into this universe and participate in the Indian dance workshop, Expressions & Stories in Motion, where you will discover the basics of Indian classical and modern dance fusion. This free workshop will be animated by Amrita on Sunday, May 20th at 3:30pm at the maison de la culture Ahuntsic. This workshop is open to all, 10 years and up.

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Amrita credit Lisa Hatchez Amrita Choudhury – Choreographer & Performer

Amrita Choudhury specialized her cultural research in Indian Classical, Folklorique, Tribal & Modern Indian dance. She also trained in Irish step dancing, flamenco, Latin, Oriental, Polynesian, and African dance traditions. Amrita has worked with First Nations, European & North American artists, to create bridges between artisticexpression and choreography. She has collaborated with various artistic and cultural organizations like Les Grands Ballet Canadiens & The Banff Centre. Herchoreographic works have been presented internationally in North & South America, Europe & in Asia, using dance as a powerful tool for inter-cultural dialogue. Amrita's work also highlights socio-political and spiritual aspects focused on giving voice to marginalized groups, human rights & women's issues. On top of offering lectures/talks, Amrita uses dance as a therapeutic tool andworks in hospitals, health institutions, and for medical professionals. Amrita has also graduated in Anthropology and dedicated her research to Anthropology and Dance. Amrita brings 30 years of international experience of performing, choreography & teaching. (www.ananda-amrita.com)

marypic - Credit Aurore B. Pictures Mary St-Amand Williamson –Choreographer & Performer

Mary St-Amand Williamson has a long history working as an actor, dancer, choreographer, performer, photographer, and sound designer within a multitude of mostly collaborative, co-authored projects. Her solo exhibitions, performances, and photography have been shown and published in Chicago, Guelph, New York, and Toronto. Her previous choreographic work — specifically with Zohar Melinek and supported by the Canada Council & CALQ — was presented in Berlin, Montreal as well as Paris and focused on violence and oppression in relation to national, cultural and gender-based conflict. She has recently worked with visual artists Bettina Hoffmann, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Ray Lavers and Manuel Matthieu and is currently collaborating with choreographer Kim-Sanh Chaû, and artists Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau.

norman credit MAI Norman Achneepineskum –Singer & Drum Carrier

Norman Achneepineskum is Anishinaabe and grew up on the Pays Plat Reserve near Thunder Bay, Ontario. Born of a Cree mother and an Ojibway father, he is grateful for his parents’ teachings regarding the important values of life, by their way of being in harmony with nature and through their Anishinaabe language. Norman moved to the Montreal area in 1992 when he was 24. He is a pow-wow singer and song composer, an artist painter, craftsman, writer, poet, storyteller, and handyman. He is the lead singer and drum carrier for the Buffalo Hat Singers who primarily participate in events in and around the Greater Montreal Area.

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MUSIC

Golestan visuel

Golestan

Friday May 18th 8pm

$ 20

Sala Rossa 4848, St-Laurent – Laurier Metro

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To celebrate the 5th edition of the Golestan project, Festival Accès Asie welcomes the percussionist Ziya Tabassian, the renowned gypsy accordionist of Moldovian origin, Sergiu Popa, along with the great Syrian musicians Omar About Afach on the viola and Nazih Borish on the oud. As a special guest for the evening, Marina Salonga – multidisciplinary dancer – will improvise to several songs in a gypsy fusion style.

The Romani are known to have crossed into Asia from India. Their travels and migrations, encounters and exchanges were a common part of their lives. To highlight their encounters and cultural wealth, the musicians will pay tribute to the Romani borrowing musical influences from Indian, Persian, Syrian and Moldavian origin, and even some jazz.

The Golestan project, created by Festival Accès Asie, aims to create a musical meeting place for different Asian cultures to perform together in Golestan, which means ‘’garden of flowers’’ in Persian.

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Ziya credit Michel Pinault Ziya 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 music 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)

Omar credit Bashir Faramarzi Omar Abou Afach  – Violist

Omar Abou Afach was already a renowned violist in Syria, his country of origin, before arriving in Canada in 2015. After graduating from Damas Higher Institute of Music, he studied at the Conservatoire de musique of Boulogne-Billancourt in France. Since 1995, he has played and toured with various symphonic orchestras from Syria and Algeria. Between 2008 and 2015, he collaborated with Ziad Rahbani in numerous concerts and played on the album Eh Fi Amal (2010) by the great singer Fairuz. Since 2016, Omar has been a member of theensemble Âstân, and the Canadian Arabic Orchestra. He has performed with the Ensemble Sinfonia de Montréal, the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Choeur de Montréal, the Choeur de LaPrairie, and the Cantabile Chorale.

Nazieh credit Nathaneil Huard Nazih 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 such as Arabic, Turquish, and Flamenco among others. He 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 100 students. Since his arrival in Montreal in 2016, Nazih has collaborated with numerous local artists and is very active in the Montreal music scene.

Sergiu popa credit Roberta Gal (2006) Sergiu Popa  – Accordionist

Born in Moldavia, Sergiu Popa studied Roma and traditional folklore music with his father, Ion Popa, himself a well-known Moldavian accordionist. In the years he played at weddings with his father, he became familiar with Jewish, Turquish, Russian, Serbian and Bulgarian styles. He arrived in Canada in 2002 and co-founded the Ensemble Sergiu Popa with his wife, violinist Jessica Gal. The ensemble has performed in numerous festivals and concerts throughout Quebec and won the Radio Canada Prix Étoiles Galaxie in 2007. In 2008/09, Sergiu was artist-in-residence at Circuit 514, a collaboration between CBC Radio 2, Place des Arts, the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Musique Multi-Montréal, and Vision Diversité to promote cultural diversity in the arts. (www.sergiupopa.com)

marina credit Jesse HerbertMarina Salonga – Multidisciplinary dancer

Marina is a multidisciplinary dancer and circus artist who was born in the Philippines and grew up in California.  First training with the internationally known oriental dancer Alexandra King in 2001, Marina recognized that out of all the dance forms she had studied, belly dance came most naturally to her. With Alexandra, Marina studied many types of folkloric dances from throughout the Middle East, as well as modern Middle Eastern dances and cabaret style belly dance, all of which she performed with a the 50-piece Middle East Music Ensemble of the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Marina went on to study with other teachers in California and continued to refine her unique style as a soloist.  Marina has since become a veteran belly dancer and an instructor. (www.marinadance.com)

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DANCE

Triangle courbé HR credit Kim-Sanh ChâuTriangle Courbé

Saturday May 19th 7:30pm

Free pass available from Saturday May 12th, at the maison de la culture de Plateau-Mont-Royal or online ($2 fee) at accesculture.com

Maison de la culture Plateau 465, Mont-Royal E. – Mont-Royal Metro

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The Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal and Festival Accès Asie, in partnership with Maison pour la danse, are pleased to present the dance performance Triangle Courbé, in other words  when contemporary dance meets traditional dance. Kim-Sanh Châu, Geneviève Duong and Charo Foo Tai Wei will present personal works followed by an original collective creation.

Funeral dance, by Kim-Sanh Châu in collaboration with Mary St-Amand Williamson, is a ritual for death. The destructive state, past violence and ancestral memory are the dominant themes in this creation. The dancers focus on the dual relation that the performer creates: the first with a past version of herself and the second with the spectator. They explore the capacity of the performative body to become imbued with an energy from the space and the spectator which is then conveyed back to them.

When Two Rivers Meet, by Geneviève Duong accompanied on violin by Sato Matsui, is an expressive and poetic sensory experience that addresses the resurgence of traces left by the memories of past generations. They unite their voices according to two perspectives, one linked to memory and the other to interpretation.

The Beauty Song, by Charro Foo Tai Wei, is inspired by the eponymous poem Jia Rien Qu (The Beauty Song), by the poet Li Ya Nian. Charo proposes a reading through traditional Chinese Long-Sleeved  dance.

A rare beauty in the North... 
She's the finest lady on earth 
One glance from her, the city falls 
A second glance leaves the whole nation in ruins 
There is no city or nation that has been 
More cherished than a beauty like this

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Kim-Sanh Châu credit Sébastien FaubeauKim-Sanh Châu – Choreographer and performer

Kim-SanhChâu is a choreographer and dancer based in Montreal, born in France of Vietnamese origin. Her creations are constantly nourished by these two worlds. She has widely performed and collaborated with renowned artists such as Helen Simard, Sasha Kleinplatz, Mary Williamson St-Amand,andCatherine Lavoie-Marcus. Since 2016, she has done a residency at the Muong Studio (Vietnam), and worked with the company Urban Dance Group (UDG, DanCenter) in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) for which sheconducted research in creation in Hoa Binh (Vietnam), in 2017.

marypic - Credit Aurore B. Pictures Mary St-Amand Williamson  – Choreographer and performer

Mary St-Amand Williamson has a long history working as an actor, dancer, choreographer, performer, photographer, and sound designer within a multitude of mostly collaborative, co-authored projects. Her solo exhibitions, performances, and photography have been shown and published in Chicago, Guelph, New York, and Toronto. Her previous choreographic work —specifically with Zohar Melinek and supported by the Canada Council & CALQ —was presented in Berlin, Montreal as well as Paris and focused on violence and oppression in relation to national, cultural and gender-based conflict. She has recently worked with visual artists Bettina Hoffmann, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Ray Lavers andManuel Matthieu and is currently collaborating with choreographer Kim-Sanh Chaû, and artists Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau.

Genevieve credit André Du BoisGeneviève Duong – Choreographer and performer

Geneviève Duong 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 patrimoineat Université Laval(2017–). Her creations reflectone ofher deep concern, that is to say the development of an invested, conscious and compassionate body language through a multidisciplinaryspontaneous composition process. She is administratorat RQD (2015–) and L’Artère (2012–).

Sato Matsui credit Marco SanchezSato Matsui – Composer and violinist

Born in the quiet town of Chitose in northern Japan, composer and violinist Sato Matsui is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, where she also earned her MM in Composition. As a new tonalist, her compositional style unites Japanese lyricism, urban American individualism, and baroque counterpoint. With a diverse repertoirethat encompasses concert, opera, dance, film, and advanced media technology, Matsui’s music has been heard from coast to coast in the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. (www.satomatsui.com)

Courtoisie de Charo Foo Tai WeiCharo Foo Tai Wei – Choreographer and performer

Trained in modern dance and Chinese traditional 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 traveled around the world giving Chinese dance workshops on top of performing in festivals.

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INDIAN & FUSION DANCE WORKSHOP

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Sophia's Resurrection

Sunday May 20th  3:30pm

Free  – Reservation required

- SOLD OUT -

Maison de la culture Ahuntsic 10300, Lajeunesse – Henri-Bourrassa Metro

Press release

You are invited to plunge into this universe and participate in the Indian dance workshop, Expressions & Stories in Motion; where you will discover the basics of Indian Classical & Indian Modern Dance fusion. This free workshop will be animated by Amrita Choudhury on Sunday, May 20th at 3:30pm at the maison de la culture Ahuntsic. This workshop is open to all, 12 years and up.

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By phone : (514) 298-0757 or 
By e-mail : info@accesasie.com

Amrita credit Lisa HatchezAmrita Choudhury – Choreographer & Performer

Amrita Choudhury specialized her cultural research in Indian Classical, Folklorique, Tribal & Modern Indian dance. She also trained in Irish step dancing, flamenco, Latin, Oriental, Polynesian, and African dance traditions. Amrita has worked with First Nations, European & North American artists, to create bridges between artisticexpression and choreography. She has collaborated with various artistic and cultural organizations like Les Grands Ballet Canadiens & The Banff Centre. Herchoreographic works have been presented internationally in North & South America, Europe & in Asia, using dance as a powerful tool for inter-cultural dialogue. Amrita's work also highlights socio-political and spiritual aspects focused on giving voice to marginalized groups, human rights & women's issues. On top of offering lectures/talks, Amrita uses dance as a therapeutic tool andworks in hospitals, health institutions, and for medical professionals. Amrita has also graduated in Anthropology and dedicated her research to Anthropology and Dance. Amrita brings 30 years of international experience of performing, choreography & teaching. (www.ananda-amrita.com)

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Du 1er au 27 mai 2018