Week 2


Crédit : Laurence LY

ABILITIES PROJECT: Inclusive Practices
Conference with Azalia Kaviani and the project team


Thursday, May 7th

Free entrance

Conseil des arts de Montréal
1210, Sherbrooke Est Street
Sherbrooke Metro

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Recognizing the fact that people with disabilities face many barriers on a daily basis, Festival Accès Asie, with the support of Conseil des Arts de Montréal and MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), initiated the ABILITIES Project to help artists with disabilities to professionalize and integrate into the professional arts community in Montreal.

For this pilot project, the Festival worked with Azalia Kaviani, a visual artist and dancer of Iranian origin who lives with cerebral palsy. In conjunction with her solo exhibition Les Nocturnes, we are pleased to invite the public to a conference on inclusive practices and the ABILITIES Project.

The public will learn about Azalia’s reality as an artist, her artistic journey, and motivation to help people with disabilities. The team members who accompanied Azalia during the process will also share their experiences about this complex, innovative, and inspiring project.

The screening of a documentary film on the ABILITIES Project, directed by Laurence Ly, will follow the discussion.

Artist : Azalia Kaviani | Choreographer & Dancer : Irem Bekter | Curator : Kakim Goh | Director : Laurence Ly | Health Consultant : Elise Andreoli

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An evening screening of the film Chuskit
Double subtitling (English/French)
In collaboration with Centre Kabor Arts and Culture


Friday, May 8th

Free entrance

Le Gesù
1200, de Bleury street
Place-des-Arts Metro

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The Indian film Chuskit (2019), directed by Priya Ramasubban, won in the international category, the Special Jury Award of the International Film Festival for Children and Youth Awards. The film will be shown in its original version but with both English and French subtitles

Sprightly Chuskit’s dream of going to school is cut short when she is rendered a paraplegic after an accident. She’s confined to life indoors in the company of her strict grandfather, Dorje. Chuskit continues to harbor hopes of school but Dorje tries to make her understand that school can’t handle her needs. As life at home gets harder, her battle with her grandfather exacerbates. Caught in between their struggle are Chuskit’s parents and her enterprising brother who want to respect the old world views that Dorje represents, but also want to keep Chuskit’s spirit alive. Chuskit will have to get her grandfather to yield or she will have to accept the reality he has chosen for her.

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Crédit Benoite Fanton

Zones de Confluences

Saturday, May 9th - 8pm


Studio 303
372, Sainte-Catherine W. Street
Place-des-Arts Metro

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In Zones de Confluences, dance company Circul'R – David Phiphak, Bérénice Dupuis – shares the stage with urban dancer, Charles Gao, and violinist / dancer, Quianen Fu. This improbable quartet reveals the invisible vectors animating our relationships.

Zones de Confluences uses a meteorological metaphor to move ineffable relationships and unspeakable influences. Through the quest for an authentic presence to themselves, to the other, this quartet explores how energy and immediate attention can intercept and dominate.

This piece, based on ground techniques and live recordings, presents a meeting point of energies which sometimes compete to gain the scenic space and sometimes merge. Through habits, prejudices, and resistance, a fluid and intimate choreography will reveal, layer by layer, the hidden personality of the dancers.


Choreographers & Performers : David Phiphak , Bérénice Dupuis | Performers : Quianen Fu, Charles Gao | Sound Designers : Quianen Fu, Samuel Nadai | Lightning designer : Benoît Larivière

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Scenes and Formations
Presented in collaboration with Groupe Le Vivier

Sunday, May 10th- 3pm
Pre concert discussion: 2pm

18$ (Presale) 35$ (On site)

Gesù-Centre de créativité
1200,  de Bleury Street
Place-des-Arts Metro

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Scenes and Formations is a concert where the spotlight will shine on a musical fusion of Eastern and Western traditions.

Pianist Natsuki Hiratsuka and the Park Sounds duo, composed of violist Jennifer Thiessen and percussionist Ben Reimer, will perform together for the first time on stage. This unique program will take you on a musical journey inspired by folklore, poetry, literature, and painting.

The performance will include pieces by Asian composers such as Frederic Mompou (Spain), Tōru Takemitsu (Japan), Vincent Ho (Canada), and Tigran Mansurian (Armenia). In this trio, Thiessen, Reimer, and Hiratsuka perform these pieces for viola, percussion, and piano.

Before the concert, enjoy a talk at 2:00 PM about the influence of other arts in musical creation.

Artists : Natsuki Hiratsuka, Jennifer Thiessen, Ben Reimer


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