In addition to my artistic training, my Geography studies and experience in international development led me to travel to Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.Â I lived in India where I studied dance, singing and percussion. I was immersed in the artistic and cultural life for several years and I travel to India periodically to perform, for training and for artistic research.Â I worked for over 10 years with SOPAR, an Indo-Canadian organization for which I initiated, in 1999, the Canada-wide program âChildren changing the worldâ. I value opportunities that foster increased knowledge and comprehension of diverse cultural identities, which in turn leads to a greater respect of the traditions of our world. I am a member of the artists at schools repertoire of the Culture in the schools program of the MELS and I facilitate workshops in Ontario through the organization MASC.
Indian dance and theatre workshop
Students will explore the aesthetic elements of Indian dance and theatre. In India, the arts of dance and theatre are interwoven. Choreographies are divided in 2 categories; the first type is characterized by pure dance items based on rhythm and set to a melody. Secondly there are choreographies that tell a story using various theatrical techniques, including mime.
1. Yoga inspired warm-up.
2. Â TAAL : The word Taal means rhythm and this aspect is central to Indian classical dance. Students will learn to create and maintain rhythm, using the body as a percussion instrument. They will learn rhythm thanks to an oral representation of sounds called Â« Bols Â», which is kind of like beatboxing …
4. Â The Mudras: The word Mudra means Â«gesture Â» and it refers to specific and symbolic hand positions used to tell stories.Â Students will learnÂ mudras and will experimenting creating or enacting a short story using mudras.
Subjects and Learning
- Dance and music: rhythm and tempo, shapes and positive space, symmetry and asymmetry, balance.
- Drama: mime, character development, attitude and gesture, space
- English and literature: storytelling, comprehension and synthesis, description of people and places.
- Social studies, ethics and religious culture: diversity of social identities, common values, conception of the world, and expression of the sacred.
Workshops, projects and residencies
My intervention can be tailored to meet the particular needs of your school. Here are some examples:
- One-time workshop, the duration of a period, with a regular size group of students (max 30)
- A series of workshops that allow me to go more in-depth into the subjects
- A long-term project over an established period
- An artist residency
Grades and languages
- Adapted for elementary and high school students
- Offered in French, English and Spanish