Festival Accès Asie and Tangente invite you to a double bill featuring Éclosion by young dancer Tanveer Alam and Arūpa, a co-creation by dancers Julie Beaulieu and Sonia St-Michel.
In Éclosion, Bangladeshi-Canadian virtuoso, Tanveer Alam, awakens the body and mind. Inspired by Kumudini Lakhia, a pioneer of Kathak dance, he asks himself, «What can I bring to this dance? Why does it need me?» Driven by an electronic soundscape, the dancer cultivates a nonlinear temporality, unbinding his choreography from the structure of Indian classical music. He expresses himself through rhythmic patterns, fusing emotion and composition. This visceral and nuanced dance unfolds in space, but also in the depths of his body. In the presence of the audience, Tanveer reinvents himself through dance.
Arūpa, by Julie Beaulieu and Sonia St-Michel, is an incursion into the antechamber of forms. Through a diagram determining the choreographic territory, the dancers explore the imprints left behind through their practice of Odissi and Bharatanatyam. Arūpa is an invitation to enter into a choreographic and sound architecture where fragments of transparency appear, where the notions of path, passage, and portal meet.
Born in Montreal, Tanveer Alam is a passionate and charismatic dancer, whose performances reflect his love of dance. He started his Kathak dance training with Sudeshna Maulik and then developed his art with guru Sandhya Desai. He has also participated in various workshops and explored different facets of Kathak with different masters such as Pandit Birju Maharaj, Kumudini Lakhia and Nahid Siddiqui. In 2016, Tanveer joined the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and is currently in his final year, studying contemporary dance. He performed across North America and has had the opportunity to perform in the work of various master choreographers such as Pandit Birju Maharaj, Danny Grossman, Rina Singha, and Janak Khendry. In 2019, he will present his first solo performance at Tangente.
Dancer, researcher, and teacher, Julie Beaulieu holds a master’s degree in dance from UQAM. A disciple of Vidwan Rohini R. Imarati since 2003, she periodically travels to India to perfect the art of Bharatanatyam, perform, and participate in residencies. Her collaborations and past creations have led her to work internationally. In 2010, Julie co-founded Saṃskāra: les artisans du passage with the musician and researcher Jonathan Voyer. Their mission is to promote transcultural dialogue through the arts. Julie is an associate member of the Centre d’études et de recherche sur l’Inde, l’Asie du Sud et sa diaspora (CERIAS). In 2018, Julie undertook a PhD in Arts Studies and Practices (UQAM). The concepts of transculturality and migration of gesture occupy her research interests, in practice and in reflection.
A performer in Odissi dance, Sonia first trained in Ottawa in the early 2000s. Since 2005, she has been perfecting her art in India with masters Aloka Panikar and Sujata Mohapatra. Passionate about music, Sonia has also trained in classical singing with Stéphanie Piercy Beames. As well, she continues to practice the Alexander Technique and Yoga. As an independent choreographer, Sonia creates poetic and intimate works inspired by her practice in Indian dance, nourished by her interdisciplinary collaborations. She has performed in India, Canada, and Mexico. Sonia teaches Odissi dance and offers workshops and performances in schools.
Tanveer Alam – Dancer and choreographer
Julie Beaulieu – Dancer and choreographer
Sonia St-Michel – Dancer and choreographer