Festival Accès Asie is gearing up to celebrate its 27th anniversary in style!
After two years of hosting online performances, it’s time to reunite with our audiences at Montreal venues to applaud our talented artists of Asian origin. Join us in May as we celebrate together Asian Heritage Month.
To inaugurate this reunion, the Festival is delighted to invite you to its Opening Cocktail on Thursday, May 5 at 5 p.m. at the splendid setting of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal. We are doing it big – red carpet, appetizers, cocktails, music – to celebrate with you and take a peek at what awaits us over the next four weeks from May 5 to 29 2022 in some of Montreal’s exceptional venues.
Hosted this year by the lovely and talented actress Chloé Barshee, the evening will feature a musical performance by Indigenous artist Nahka Bertrand and Vietnamese circus artist Trinh Tra My. The artist DJ Chittakone will also be present to make us dance throughout the evening.
We hope to see all of you there!
*Animation during the cocktail will be in French.
A graduate of the UQAM École supérieure de théâtre, Chloé Barshee has appeared in many stage productions. She is a cofounder of the Collectif Grande Surface with whom she performed “Et quand vient le silence” at Théâtre La Chapelle in 2015. Chloé is also cofounder of Théâtre Everest and creator of its production “Bâtardes”, which was presented at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) in 2018, and then toured across cultural centres in Quebec and as part of the Rencontre Théâtre Ados in 2017. In 2017, she interpreted the role of Adsila in “Molière, Shakespeare et moi”, presented at Théâtre du Rideau Vert. Her talent allows her to obtain the role of the Muse in the creation “Nous serons éternels” which was presented in April 2019 at Théâtre La Chapelle. She also participated in the play “Le vent va tourner”, directed by Myriam Fugère and presented at the Îles de la Madeleine in the summer of 2019. In 2020, she is part of the theatrical productions “Guide d’éducation sexuelle pour le nouveau millénaire” (at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier and Théâtre Catapulte) as well as “Splendide jeunesse” (at Théâtre aux Écuries and Maison Théâtre). We were also able to see her perform in another creation called “L’amour au 21ème siècle (selon WikiHow)” presented at Théâtre La Chapelle in 2022. She can be seen on television in the series “Nous”, broadcast on Club illico in 2021.
Nahka Bertrand is Dene and was born under the northern lights in a small town just south of the Northwest Territories. She lived on a mountaintop in the midnight sun as a child, and was raised owning up to a profound knowledge of the immensity of nature. Currently living in Quebec, she is a mother, a storyteller, and a singer. She has a background in translation, theatre, writing, and cooking vast amounts of food. She has completed a Graduate Diploma in Journalism at Concordia University.
Trinh Tra My is a circus artist from Hanoi, Vietnam, who has been astonishing audiences with her Aerial Sword Balancing [DM1] act with swords and silks in countries all over the world, in places such as Russia, Spain, France, Japan, and Egypt. She is best known to the general public through her appearance in the 13th season of America’s Got Talent in 2018.
Chittakone, who is of Laotian origin, pays tribute to his Asian roots with his project Hazy Montagne Mystique. He works closely with Guillaume Vallée, Pulsatilla, and Kim-Sanh Châu. He has performed his work in Canada, the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, and Austria. Chittakone Baccam is the artistic director of the experimental label Jeunesse Cosmique.
Chloé Barshee – Actress
Nahka Bertrand – Storyteller
Trinh Trà My – Circus Artist
Chittakone Baccam – Artist DJ