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Perles d’ailleurs: international art component

Thursday, May 25th
8 pm
30$

Amphithéâtre du Gesù – Centre de créativité
1200 rue de Bleury
Metro Place-des-Arts or Place-d’armes

Friday, May 26th
5 pm to 7 pm
Free admission

Espace Custeau du Gesù – Centre de créativité
1200 rue de Bleury
Metro Place-des-Arts or Place-d’armes

May 27th and 28th
9 am to 12 pm
2 pm to 6 pm
240$

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

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Come celebrate Indian dance! In its second year, Perles d’ailleurs, Festival Accès Asie`s feature international arts component, will continue Montreal`s Asian Heritage Month celebrations. This four-day extravaganza of discovery and exchange features an exciting program of performances, meetings, and dance workshops from Thursday, May 25th to Sunday, May 28th 2017.

This year's international arts component includes three main events. First, as proposed by Sarah Hubert de Margerie, on Thursday, May 25th at 8 pm at Gesù - Centre de créativité, the American dancer Colleena Shakti and the Montreal prodigy Tanveer Alam will present the performance Perles d’ailleurs highlighting an array of dances from India.

Sure to be an engaging experience, participants will have an occasion to meet with the artists. Colleena Shakti and Tanveer Alam will be onsite for this special event on Friday, May 26th from 5 pm to 7 pm at Gesù – Centre de créativité.

Perles d’ailleurs will wrap up Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th with a series of Indian dance workshops that fuse the traditional and the contemporary led by dancer Colleena Shakti. Don't miss an opportunity to learn from this great international artist.

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Colleena Shakti – Dancer

Colleena Shakti moved to India in 2001 to train in Odissi Classical Indian Dance and to study the folkloric dances of Rajasthan. Shakti established her own dance school, Shakti School of Dance, in the historic temple Rang Nath in the sacred city of Pushkar. Every summer, she tours and teaches around the world to pass on and preserve traditional Indian dance forms. In 2007, she was honoured by Pratibha Patil (India`s President, 2007-2012) for her work in Rajasthan’s popular arts. Her Rajasthani style is now famous in the north of India. Recently, Shakti collaborated with choreographers Miriam Peretz, Aliah Najmabadi, and Stellamara in Pranam in White, a project described as a contemporary meeting of mystic dance lineages. (www.colleenashakti.com)

©Sarah Bertrand-LearTanveer Alam - Dancer

Born in Montreal, Tanveer Alam showed a deep interest in performing arts from a young age. His early training was under Sudeshna Maulik. Later he studied ballet at Collège Jean-Eudes and contemporary dance at L’Espace du mouvement. In 2016, he joined the Professional Training Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Since 2009, he has toured all across Canada: Festival QuébéAsia, Festival de Traditions du Monde de Sherbrooke, and Rina Singha’s Kathak Mahotsav. Tanveer has also attended various workshops with kathak masters such as Pandit Birju Maharaj ji, Padmabhushan Kumudini Lakhia, and Smt. Nahid Siddiqui. He is currently studying Kathak under the tutelage of Smt. Sandhya Desai (disciple of Padmabhushan Kumudini Lakhia). A passionate and charismatic dancer, his performances demonstrate his love for dance.

Event presented in collaboration with

Centre Kabir

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Wind of Asia – 6th edition

The program of the 6th edition of Wind of Asia will be unveiled at the same time as the programming of the Quartier des spectacles. 

Come back in early April!

 

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©Phi Nguyen

Insomniaque

Saturday, May 27th
10 pm
Free admission

Prince-Arthur Street
between St Laurent and St Denis

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Innovation this year, a night event! Come and stroll along Prince-Arthur Street for Insomniac, a dance, music and video performance by choreographer Léa Tremblay Fong and her collaborators, Jacques Boone (music), Pier-Louis Dagenais Savard (video) as well as other contemporary and street dancers.

Inspired by nightlife cultures, block parties, and the past and present of Prince-Arthur Street, Léa Tremblay Fong and her collaborators settled on this famous Montreal street as their performance site.By taking the pulse of the live site and interacting with a diversity of people in the space, the dancers create an immersive performance for a unique audience experience.

Fong combines dance and various art forms from street to hip-hop, anchoring her art in a critical and concrete social context. She choreographs her performances in interaction with urban life, creating and sharing in passing places, making her works accessible to all. Fong challenges the cultural habit that confines contemporary dance to indoor spaces and as paid for events. She takes her performances outside to meet people in their lives and on the street to overcome habits and cultural and socio-economic factors.

This project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough, the Caisse Populaire Desjardins, the Plateau-Mont-Royal and the Prince Arthur Merchant’s Association. Facebook Event


©Guillaume BazireLéa Tremblay Fong - Performer and Choreographer

 Of Chinese ancestry and born in Quebec, Léa Tremblay Fong holds an honors major in Dance and International Development Studies from York University in Toronto. She has led several multidisciplinary and intercultural projects in Toronto, and Israel/Palestine. Since the winter of 2012, she has continued her artistic work in Montreal, Beijing, Ramallah and Taipei. Fong develops a connection between various artistic forms from street and hip-hop styles. In collaboration with a number of artists and organizations, she manages, co-directs, choreographs and dances in various interdisciplinary creative projects, conceived for and in public spaces in interaction with the population. (www.leatremblayfong.com)


PrintDHRUPAD MASTER CONCERT

Les sons primordiaux

Sunday, May 28th
6 : 30 pm
30$ - 60$

Salle Bourgie
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
1339 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Metro Peel

Press Release

To close this year’s 22nd Edition, Festival Accès Asie, in collaboration with Kabir Centre, presents The Gundecha Brothers – outstanding Indian Dhrupad singers and percussionist – for a truly special concert.

The Gundecha Brothers feature three musicians, Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha, Indian Dhrupad vocalists, and Akhilesh Gundecha, percussionist. Together they have become the world’s leading interpreters of Dhrupad, a style of classical Indian chants based on Naada Yoga and a philosophical system premised on the idea that the entire cosmos and its contents, including human beings, consist of sound vibrations called the Naada.

Kabir Centre introduces this spiritual ancestral Indian music to bring awareness of Indian art forms to the Western world. This concert has been organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Dance at UQAM, where The Gundecha Brothers will be giving a workshop during the week of the concert. This workshop will also be the closing event of the Symposium sur les écritures artistiques nomades.

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4V9A7139 compThe Gundecha Brothers

Born in Ujjain, central India, The Gundecha Brothers were introduced to music by their parents. After their university studies, Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha went on to study Dhrupad vocal art with the famous Dhrupad singers Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. They have sung works of great Hindi poets such as Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar and Nirala in Dhrupad style.

Percussionist Akhilesh Gundecha studied the Pakhawaj under Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja Singh Chhatrapati JuDeo and received a degree in music and law. He has accompanied many of the Dhrupad maestros, such as Ustad Z. F. Dagar, Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar, Pt. Siyaram Tiwari, Shrimati Asgari Bai, Dr. Ritwik Sanyal, and Bahauddin Dagar. He has also been featured on many television and radio shows. Together The Gundecha Brothers have become the most prolific Dhrupad musicians with a repertoire of over 50 recordings produced by some of the leading production studios in India, Europe and Britain. They have performed in festivals and conducted workshops In India and internationally, and have received numerous awards and accolades for their work.

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Centre Kabir

©Eric BeauséjourTRIBAL FUSION WEEKEND WITH COLLEENA SHAKTI

©Courtoisie Colleena Shakti

Fusion Dance Immersion

Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th
9am to 12pm
2pm to 5pm
12 hours of workshop for 240$

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

This Immersion workshop presents a fusion of old and new, folk and classical, Indian and belly dance. Colleena Shakti shares her unique style as it has evolved for over a decade of dance experience in Rajasthan where she lives performing in royal palaces for Maharajas, dancing with ‘Gypsies’, training in (Odissi and Kathak) classical Indian dances and studying Yoga. The focus in this Indian Fusion Immersion will center around the lecture topic: ‘Nautchwali’ and develop related dance techniques and choreographed phrases for a cohesive introduction to Indian dance and fusion.

‘NAUTCHWALI’ Lecture. Inspired by the opulent and elegant court dancers of Rajasthan, this lecture will investigate ‘Nautchwali’s’ or ‘Tawaifs’; dancing girls who ranged from ‘Gypsy’ type street performers, to highly educated and refined court dancers employed by Maharajas and Moghal Kings across North India. Historical costuming, evolution of folk to classical, Moghul / Persian influences and Indian aesthetic theory is introduced in the lecture section of this workshop.

DANCE TECHNIQUES Kathak Classical dance The dance training section is introduced through exercises in the techniques of North Indian classical dance - Kathak, as well as Persian and Rajasthani folk dance. Kathak classical dance technique is meticulous with detail, as the dancer is required to adhere to classical lines and react instantly to the complex rhythmic patterns, yet remain very relaxed and at ease. Kathak basic techniques to be introduced and drilled are: Footwork on 16 count teental, arm patterns, rapid spins and tihayi’s (rhythmic compositions). Clean lines of Kathak postures and movements will be drilled so the subtle intricacies of hand and eye movement, accents and expression are highlighted and not lost.

SPINS The most vivid quality of North Indian dance is the spinning! We will spend sufficient time on widening our turn repertoire cleaning your technique and application of turns in dance, overcome your resistances and understand the mechanics in stylistic differences. Introducing turns from: Classical Indian, Sufi, Ballet, Central Asian / Persian, Rajasthani ‘Gypsy’ and MORE! Learn North Indian classical technique with the feet to control your turns, transitions, endurance, traveling and trance inducing turns.

INDIAN FUSION Drawing it all together gracefully. A final choreographic section will pull together students new understanding of Indian aesthetic movements can logically embellish their belly dance repertoire. ‘Ethical, informed fusion’ as well as ‘tradition verses innovation’ will be discussed. Experimentation in Colleena’s Indian Fusion aesthetic will be explored to encourage students to see how self-expression and innovation can in fact happen without destroying the integrity of traditional aesthetic values. Each dance class will begin with a Yoga warm up and meditative exercises, warm up, some strength training and continue into techniques and finally choreographic phrases.

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©Courtoisie de Colleena ShaktiColleena Shakti – Dancer

Colleena Shakti moved to India in 2001 to train in Odissi Classical Indian Dance and to study the folkloric dances of Rajasthan. Shakti established her own dance school, Shakti School of Dance, in the historic temple Rang Nath in the sacred city of Pushkar. Every summer, she tours and teaches around the world to pass on and preserve traditional Indian dance forms. In 2007, she was honoured by Pratibha Patil (India`s President, 2007-2012) for her work in Rajasthan’s popular arts. Her Rajasthani style is now famous in the north of India. Recently, Shakti collaborated with choreographers Miriam Peretz, Aliah Najmabadi, and Stellamara in Pranam in White, a project described as a contemporary meeting of mystic dance lineages. (www.colleenashakti.com)

Du 2 au 28 mai 2017