Photo credit : Claudia Chan Tak, Naishi Wang and Shion Skye Carter
Dss May 5, in the middle of Asian Heritage Month in Canada, the Festival Accès Asie is multiplying tempting events alternating between the visual arts, theatre, music, literature, new media and even the culinary arts! For lovers of contemporary dance, it’s May 26 and 27 that you should block in your diary now, since two great shows are planned there at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal: we’ll tell you more about the themes and the artists presented below.
Od-sor + Double Tigerspresented on Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m.
The spectators who will take part in the evening of May 26 will be entitled to a double program with, to begin with, a contemporary dance solo entitled Od-sor (“the shining starin Mongolian) and performed by Misheel Ganbold.
Rich in the two Mongolian and Canadian cultures that characterize her, the dancer has already distinguished herself for several years in internationally renowned companies such as the Batsheva Dance Company and GötheborgsOperans Danskompani, in addition to participating in shows by musical artists, including Céline Dion or Apache.
Subsequently, Claudia Chan Tak and Naishi Wang will meet in Double Tigers. Both born in 1986 – the year of the tiger in China -, the artists have at first glance complementary cultural identities and life paths: Claudia, born in Quebec, stammers a hesitant Cantonese and is in search of her roots in the southern China. Naishi, meanwhile, is fluent in Mandarin and has left the country where he was born and raised.
By confronting “the imprint of the Chinese body in their movements”, the duo will seek to identify what remains of their ancestors, their heritage and the places where they each grew up, in addition to understanding the way in which their culture has colored their body, their spirit and their way of inhabiting this world.
The public will thus have the chance to discover whether this performance will indeed reveal identity stories that overlap… or that evolve in parallel.
Unexpected pathpresented on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The next day, in collaboration with the Dance West Network based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Festival Accès Asie will bring on stage three Asian-Canadian dancers each from the emerging scene: Shion Skye Carter and Eric Cheung from Vancouver , as well as Kristy Janvier from Manitoba.
Originally from Tajimi in Japan, Shion Skye Carter will open the ball with Threading Echoesa performance revealing the story of “shifu”, a fabric assembled from threads of washi paper called “kami-ito”, to reveal from his Canadian-Japanese point of view how we are connected today to this traditional and concrete practice of Japan from the VIand century.
Between evocation of an ancestral presence through gentle gestures, a gestural painting and shadows, the artist’s performance will try to remind us to what extent the spiral of overconsumption in which we are caught can imprison our nervous systems and our minds.
Afterwards, Éric Cheung, from Hong Kong, will take the stage to perform Re: 1974, a reincarnation of his father’s immigration to Canada. From the dancer’s point of view, this creation invites reminiscing, remembering and reliving the struggles and adventures his father experienced with the hope of offering new life to himself and his son.
It will also allow us to observe how his experiences have affected his health – both physical and mental – in this deep quest for stability.
Finally, Kristy Janvier will shine with Hide, a solo focusing on the renunciations that accompany decision-making. For example, it will question the sacrifices that can be made for someone else, for an idea that means a lot to us or that has an impact on the common good… Unless these sacrifices in fact represent an act of survival to conceal our identities?
Through her creation, she will demonstrate that ultimately all we have left is what we can cling to.
To buy your tickets for the evenings Od-sor + Double Tigers and Unexpected path presented by Festival Accès Asie on May 26 and 27 at the Montreal Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Click here.
*This article was produced in collaboration with Festival Accès Asie.
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