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Perles d’ailleurs

Persian and Indian classical dance

Thursday May 24th 8pm

$30

Amphithéâtre du Gesù – Centre de créativité 1200, de Bleury – Place-des-Arts

Persian dance master class

Saturday May 26th & Sunday 27th 10:30am to 4:30pm

$200

Studio 303 372 Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Place-des-arts Metro

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Festival Accès Asie is pleased to present, for the third year, its much anticipated international arts component, Perles d’aillleurs, welcoming leading figures in their practice Helia Bandeh and Parul Gupta for a night of performances intertwining classical Persian and Indian dance performances.

The Iranian dancer, Helia Bandeh, will present her repertoire in classical Persian dance, in the form of both improvisation and technique. Helia offers a broad overview of this art form which has survived great challenges in the past millennium.

Parul Gupta will also present some of the many faces of Kathak, the main classical dance style from North India. Initially, the Kathak was the art of storytelling. Over time, Kathak has evolved into a dance technique and a performing art.

The international component will wrap up Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th with two dance workshops given by dancer Helia Bandeh from 10am to 4:30 pm. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn from this great international artist. Maximum 20 participants.

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Helia web credit Lorenzo GattoHelia Bandeh – Choreographer and performer

Helia Bandeh was born in Shiraz, Iran and has established herself as one of the great Persian dancers of the modern era. Her unique dance style isimmediately recognized by her elegant, detailed, powerful, and exquisitely delicate movements. She has performed with world class artists and instructed Persian dance all over the world, reviving this art form along the way.In her research of Persian dance history, Helia Bandeh has created a unique dance form and method that captures the essence of classical Persian dance and adapts it for modern times. This unique method paves the way for Persian dance to be performed, instructed, and to gain a foothold among new generations who can discover the great depth of this ancient art. As aPersian dance artist, Helia Bandeh has taken a leading role in creating enormoussupport in Iran and internationally for Persian dance. (www.helia.nl)

Parul web credit 2017 INFUSION DANCE STUDIOSParul Gupta – Choreographer and performer

Parul Gupta’s training began with Bharatha Natyam and Indian Folk Dance at the age of seven. Over the years,Parul has expanded her vocabulary to include Ballet Jazz, Hip Hop, and Yoga. Since 2008, Parul has dedicated herself to Kathak, studying withthe renowned Kumudini Lakhia. Parul is the founder, principal teacher,and artistic director of Infusion Dance Studios (www.infusiondance.ca). Her choreographic works have been included inthree Cirque du Soleil productions: Love, Kooza, and Totem. On top of all this, she has given performances and workshops across Canada, in the U.S.A,and India. In addition to dance, Parul has earneda master’s degree inBusiness Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business (Western University) anda bachelor’sdegree in Molecular Biology from Concordia University. She is also a certified Yoga Instructor in the Sivananda Yoga tradition. (www.parulgupta.ca)

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Wind of Asia – 7th edition

Friday May 25th noon to 2pm

Free Admission

Saturday May 26th 3pm to 6pm

Free Admission

Jardins Gamelin Place Émilie-Gamelin – Berri-UQAM Metro

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Festival Accès Asie, in collaboration with the Partenariat du Quartier des Spectacles, is pleased to present its outdoor event Wind of Asia. During these two days dedicated to discovery, we invite the curious and passersby to celebrate Asia with some exceptional performances, at the Jardins Gamelin.

On Friday, May 25th, from noon to 2pm, music will be at the center of this daytime event. The percussionist Patrick Graham offers a solo performance inspired by Japanese percussions, immediately followed by Lamia Yared, singer and oud player, specialized in ancient Syrian and Ottoman repertoire, in collaboration with Nathaniel Huard and Patrick Graham.

On Saturday, May 26th, the stage is handed over to four dance troupes. The artistic troupe Phoenix (Hua Yun) – Chinese dance group – and PAMANA ngLuzViMinda – a Filipino music and dance group – will perform. Opening and closing, Ya Eshta – Middle-Eastern dance collective – and Simork – Iranian dance troupe – offer up their own performances as well as discovery workshops.


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Lamia Yared – Singer and oudist

A native of Lebanon, Lamia Yared grew up in Montreal. Over the past ten years, she has travelled to Lebanon, Greece, and Turkey, where she has studied with music’s greatest masters and refined her practice of oral traditions from the Middle East, among them the oud and oriental singing techniques. Her musical journey simultaneously embraces influences from Sephardic, Ottoman, and Syrian repertoire. Since 2013, Lamia has founded l’Ensemble Zaman, returning to original sources of the traditional repertoire of the Levant. Recipient of several grants, she has performed at various festivals such as the Festival du Monde Arabe, Festival des Cultures Syriennes de Montréal, and Festival des Traditions du Monde à Sherbrooke, as well as in Montreal’s maisons de la culture. (www.lamiayared.com)

Nathaniel credit Nathaniel Huard Nathaniel Huard – Percussionist

Nathaniel Huard discovered Arabic percussion over ten years ago. He learnt popular rhythms at the Darbuka (Arabic drum) with Trevor Salloum in British Columbia. He later discovered Riqq (Arabic tambourine) and classical Arabic music with the master Michel Merhej Baklouk, Libanese percussionist from the Rahbani Brothers and of the singer Fairouz. It is in Aleppo (Syria) that he heard for the first time Muwashahat, a form of sung poetry and learned Arabic music comprised of rich and complex rhytms. Nathaniel Huard is active on the Montreal music scene, shifting from Arabic, to Turkish, to Persian, to Greek and Jewish music, with groups such as the Ensemble Zaman, Ensemble Al Zahawi, Essence Yéménite, Ana Masri and Amiri Amiri.

Patrick credit Randy Cole Patrick Graham – Percussionist

Patrick Graham, a Canadian based in Montreal for many years now, shares his art in multi-percussions with audiences. His playing combines a vast pallet of influences: from Japanese percussion to Mediterranean tambourine through Irish and Indian rhythms, all the while maintaining a constant fascination for new and invented sounds. Patrick played, toured, and recorded with numerous Canadian and international artists such as Trifolia, Small World Project, Autorickshaw, Trichy Sankaran, Ben Grossman, La Nef, Ensemble Caprice, Constantinople, Apollo’s Fire, On Ensemble, Kaoru Watanabe, Glen Velez, Ganesh Anandan, Carlo Rizzo, Kohei Nishikawa, and Tetsuro Naito, as well as with dancers Hideo Arai, Geneviève Martin, Tomomi Morimoto, and the dance company Sinha Danse.(www.patrickgrahampercussion.com)

Phoenix Courtoisie de Phoenix (Hua Yun) Troupe artistique Phoenix (Hua Yun) – Dance troupe

Founded in 2000, the artistic troupe Phoenix (Hua Yun) is the largest Chinese dance organization in Montreal. Composed ofover 50 artists incorporating different disciplines such as dance, singing, music, and martial arts, Phoenix unveils the wonders of Chinese culture and local Chinese communities throughout Canada. They have performed over a hundred shows in the greater Montreal area, Ottawa, Toronto, Sherbrooke, and Quebec. Their flagship event is the Chinese New Year's Gala, presented each year in Montreal. (www.huayuntroupe.com)

Ya Estha credit Ken Dobb Ya Eshta – Dance collective

Ya Eshta is a dance collective celebrating and showcasing the rich beauty of Middle Eastern dance arts. Based in Montreal, the group was founded by Angelica Jordan in 2013. The dancers perform for weddings, corporate events, parties, and Oriental evenings. They have performed at the Festival Libanais, Al Helm 10thAnniversary, Festival des Cultures, etc. In addition, they offer workshops and classes. Their choreographies have won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the AQDO (Association Québécoise de Danse Orientale) competitions in 2014 and 2015. (www.yaeshta.com)

Simork web credit Nirvan Fadaei Moghadam Simork – Dance troupe

Created in Montreal in 2015, the Simork dance troupe was established by Nimâ Machouf, who is also its choreographer. Together, they invite us to travel to Iran, the country of origin of the artists. Throughout Iran, the customs, costumes,food, language, music, and landscape varies. Through classical, folkloric, and Bandari (from the South of Iran) dance styles, Simork paints a portrait of this multiculturality, between tradition and modernity.

Pamana credit CIOFF PAMANA ng LuzViMinda – Dance troupe

Founded in Quebec in 2005, this Filipino folkloric singing and dance company counts no less than 40 dancers and performers. Its multigenerational vision represents and shares the diversity of Filipino culture within Quebec and Canada's cultural mosaic. The collective sensitizes its young members to their identity. With its strong, vibrant choreographies and remarkable costumes, PAMANA ng LuzViMinda hopes to pass on the rich heritage of its cultural origins through scenic and theatrical productions. (www.pamanacanada.com)

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LITERARY EVENING

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Les Versets Terrestres

Friday May 25th 8pm

$10

Sala Rossa 4848, Saint-Laurent – Laurier Metro

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Festival Accès Asie is pleased to invite you to a multidisciplinary event coordinated by Houman Zolfaghari, titled Les Versets Terrestres, a tribute to the Iranian poet, Forough Farrokhzad, on Friday, May 25th at 8pm at Sala Rossa.

Forough passed away fifty years ago in a tragic car accident, leaving behind a truly innovative body of work. She left this world suddenly and much too soon. In a culture where poetry is essential, where poets are regarded as saints or rock stars, we continue to marvel at her words. Forough was like a comet leaving a luminous trail that continues to light our way.

This tribute to Forough Farrokhzad will feature five Montreal artists, authors, poets, choreographers, and musicians. Hanieh Ziaei, Nasim Lootij, Kim-Sanh Châu, and Houman Zolfaghari will interpret a selection of the poet’s writings, accompanied on cello improvisations by Jane Chan. A projection of The House is black, the only short film directed by Forough, will take place. These artists of our time give voice, body and volume to Forough's words, explore the meanings in her work and, in so doing, bring to the stage this poet's brilliance and relevance today.

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Houman credit Houman Zolfaghari Houman Zolfaghari – Writer, scene director and mathematician

“From Montreal, when the eyes turn toward the East, where does the gaze stop?” This is but one question that preoccupies writer, director, and mathematician, Houman Zolfaghari. Figuratively, Houman, it could be said, first appeared in the world of shapes in Hamadan, ancient city perched high in the mountains, former capital to Medes and Persians in Iran. Houman describes himself as, "Poet-mathematician, deprived from childhood, of origin and place, lost in the immense darkness of scattered pages, the dramas of theatre, and the images of film. What is he making under the light of the mirror-moon?” Houman first arrived in Quebec as a teen after spending his early years in Iran and France. Passionate about poetry and mathematics, he simultaneously pursued a career as a mathematician-semantician and an artistic path that led him to playwriting and cinematography. The East’s indelible mark, the vital necessity of poetry, has been indelibly imprinted on Houman.

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

Kim-Sanh Châu 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, and Catherine Lavoie-Marcus. Since 2016, she has completed a residency at the Muong Studio (Vietnam), worked with the company Urban Dance Group (UDG, DanCenter) in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), and conducted research in creation in Hoa Binh (Vietnam).

Nasim credit Hossein Mansouri Nasim Lootij – Choreographer and performer

Choreographer, teacher and contemporary dancer, Nasim Lootij began her work in Iran in 2000. in 2006, she moved to France to study choreography first at Paris 8 University, and later studied at both the Jean Wiener Conservatory and the RIDC (Rencontres Internationales De Danse Contemporaine). In 2012, Nasim studied Laban notation at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris (CNSMDP, 2012). While in Paris, she choreographed productions in 2012 and 2014. In 2017, she choreographed Moi-Me-Man at Tangente in Montreal, where she has lived since 2015. Nasim teaches technique and creation workshops at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels). Nasim’s choreographies are inspired by events in Iran in the 1970s and 1980s that often ended in violence in Iran, her country of origin. Her work includes qualities reminiscent of German expressionism from the 1930s, but which are often subdued by the softness, slowness, and continuity of Iranian art.

jane credit Ted Kim 2017 Jane Chan – Choreographer and performer

As a cellist, improviser, and chamber musician, Jane Chan is drawn to diverse modes of listening and emergent sound in ensemble playing. Her expanded practice includes composition, recording, writing, interdisciplinary collaboration, and teaching. In her collaborative work, she thrives on situations that take her out of her comfort zone and allow her to find common ground with artists from diverse backgrounds. In 2017, Jane attended a residency at the Banff Centre and was nominated for a META award for Outstanding Contribution for her work in the Centaur Theatre production Constellations. She holds a master’s degree in music from McGill University where she trained in classical and contemporary performance with Yegor Dyachkov. She has been an active member of the organizing team of the Montréal Contemporary Music Lab and the Montréal-based NPO Les Sympathiques. Jane is currently a lecturer at the University of Colorado.

Hanieh credit Hamed Tabein 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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Persian dance immersion

Saturday May 26th & Sunday May 27th 10am to 4:30pm

4 workshops for $ 200

Studio 303 372, Sainte-Catherine W. – Place-des-arts Metro

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The international component will wrap up Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th with two dance workshops given by dancer Helia Bandeh from 10am to 4:30pm. Don`t miss an opportunity to learn from this great international artist. For all levels.

SATURDAY, MAY 26th – Introduction & Persian Dance Choreography

In this workshop you learn the basic steps of Persian dance. You will learn basic footsteps and arm movements. This is for anyone who wants to know more about the Persian dance.

A traditional authentic Persian Dance choreography of Ghajar style will follow : Secrets of Ghajar (A dynasty of Iran from 1794).

SUNDAY, MAY 27th– Classical Persian Dance

In this workshop, you will learn a new choreography of Classical Persian dance on a beautiful piece of Persian classical music. This workshop will improve the softness and lightness in your movement, but also combining with strong spinning in Persian dance.

Maximum 20 participants.

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Helia web credit Lorenzo GattoHelia Bandeh – Choreographer and performer

Helia Bandeh was born in Shiraz, Iran and has established herself as one of the great Persian dancers of the modern era. Her unique dance style isimmediately recognized by her elegant, detailed, powerful, and exquisitely delicate movements. She has performed with world class artists and instructed Persian dance all over the world, reviving this art form along the way.In her research of Persian dance history, Helia Bandeh has created a unique dance form and method that captures the essence of classical Persian dance and adapts it for modern times. This unique method paves the way for Persian dance to be performed, instructed, and to gain a foothold among new generations who can discover the great depth of this ancient art. As aPersian dance artist, Helia Bandeh has taken a leading role in creating enormoussupport in Iran and internationally for Persian dance. (www.helia.nl)

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CLOSING JAM AT THE GARAGE

Artists, volunteers, sponsors and partners Appreciation Cocktail

Sunday, May 27th, 5pm to 7pm

Upon invitation only

The Garage 5226, Clark St. – Laurier Metro

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The 23rd edition of Festival Accès Asie officially wraps up with its Closing jam on Sunday May 27th at the Garage. The Festival team wishes to express its deepest gratitude to all artists, volunteers, participants, sponsors, and partners for contributing to the rich and diverse cultural exchange of this year's events. We look forward to hearing your comments and impressions in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Come join us for our last official event of Festival Accès Asie 2018. Please note that attendance to this cocktail is by invitation only.


 

Du 1er au 27 mai 2018