To close the festivities of this 17th edition, Festival Accès Asie is pleased to partner with Le Gesù to offer a unique outdoor entertainment to behold for the first time on the Montreal’s Place des Festivals.
This Asian cultural heritage diffusion in the public space of the Quartier des Spectacles will be a first for the Festival Accès Asie, giving to it a totally new character. This is also a real opening-up with a broader audience since the Festival’s activities in May are usually held in interior spaces. With this Closing Ceremony presented ourdoors, these shows and performances will join the outdoor activities that the Festival is generally holding in July, in the Chinese Pavilion of the Montreal Botanical Garden.
For the occasion, Le Gesù and the Festival Accès Asie have chosen to present together activities that crystallize the spirit of celebration and of meeting through the diversity of genres and cultures. This is an opportunity to discover the show of a Taiko group – big Japanese drums – presented by Arashi Daiko, a performance that should appeal to the general public. The audience will also get the chance to attend and participate in an interactive workshop of Bollywood dance hosted by the talented Amrita. This new event will offer a double opportunity : first, open up the public that attends the activities of the Festival by bringing them to the Quartier des Spectacles where they can discover the Asian culture in Montreal and secondly, promote the diffusion of projects from multi-ethnic communities. Exchanges and many discoveries are awaiting you : come and join us to celebrate with joy, music and dance the end of this 2012 edition!
Arashi Daiko, which means ‘Storm Drums’ was created in 1983 by Terry and May Yasunaka. During all these years, the group has changed and evolved, bearing to a true « melange » of backgrounds in its members while maintaining the original mission of its founders’ vision : to be this community based and dynamic group that shares this exciting aspect of Japanese culture with as many people as possible. Indeed, all who have encountered Arashi Daiko have been touched by the family atmosphere that its founders and current members continue to cultivate
In addition of getting involved in cinema and theatre, Amrita is a dancer, choreographer and sacred Indian dance teacher. For her, « dance is the hidden language of the body and soul », she also says « dance feeds me, fills me with love and joy, and helps my soul to thrive ». From the age of six years old, she began dancing in India and cities across Canada. Throughout all these past years, she has been teaching, choreographing, directing, producing and performing in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Her repertoire includes styles and traditions of Classical Indian dance, but also sacred, folk, gypsy and contemporary dances. Her choreographies are a fusion of passion where she likes to combine models of non-Indian dances therefore dance fusion with other styles such as flamenco, folk dance, oriental, Irish, Latin, Afro-Cuban dance that are part of her dance landscape in addition of introducing dance as a possible way of healing the body and soul. Graduated both in Dance and Anthropology, she lectures on various socio-cultural aspects of Indian art. As an advisor to the Ministry of Education of Quebec and Cultures without Borders (Amarrages sans frontières), she is introducing the culture of India to Quebecer students through its music and dance traditions.
Amrita Choudhury – Dancer & Choreographer
Arashi Daiko – Taiko group