La Pileuse by Sarah Elola

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La Pileuse – Sarah Elola (© Stacyann Lee)

La Pileuse is Sarah Elola’s second solo piece presented at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) for 3 days only on November 24, 25 and 26. It draws upon the traditions of Burkina Faso and more specifically those of Oulo and Boromissi villages where the dancer and choreographer spent her childhood. La Pileuse dives deep into the origins of rhythm and dance. This art of entering in communion with the elements instead of resisting them, of neither enduring nor dominating them; this art of renewal that can transcend the laborious. La Pileuse takes stock of all this and represents a mine of movements, sounds and philosophical reflections in what is ultimately an intimate encounter with the African woman.

In Africa, dance is an extension of life and daily activities – a mode of expressing thoughts and feelings through a liberation of the body and an abandonment to rhythm. There are many times when music and dance are born of repeated gestures, whether those of the farmer, the canoeist, or of the women who gather together around a single mortar to grind millet, sorghum or corn. They work together like this for long hours, now striking the pestles against the mortars, now throwing them up into the air and clapping their hands before catching them again, grinding the grain, each one performing more and more elaborate feats, punctuating their movements with shouts, sounds, words or melodies. All of this comes together in a single rhythm to produce a sometimes complex symphony.

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La Pileuse – Sarah Elola (© Stacyann Lee)

Here is an art of resilience and renewal so fruitful it gives rise to a whole repertory of rhythms, songs and dances specific to each village. A plethora of movements, sounds and philosophical reflections emerges from which choreographer Sarah Elola draws upon to produce her second solo piece: La Pileuse.

A protean performer originally from Burkina Faso, Sarah Elola coloured her first 15 years with a kaleidoscopic African life both rural and urban, traditional and contemporary. Sarah Elola grew up both in Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire and studied drama, choral singing, and dance in many forms. She has danced in particular for Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Nyata Nyata. Her process borrows traditions from several African countries while also becoming a distinctly contemporary
style of dance.

Elola created her first solo, Dans le ventre de l’éléphant, for the 2016 edition of Eclectik at the MAI. She also presented this piece in Montreal at the Forum Social Mondial and as well as at the Festival International de Danse de Ouagadougou (FIDO) presented by the French Institute in Burkina Faso.

Winner of the joint mentorship program in dance CAM + MAI in 2016 for the creation of La Pileuse, Sarah Elola carried out exploratory fieldwork on the ground in Oulo (Burkina Faso) this past spring for her new work.

La Pileuse

November 24 and 25 at 8 pm and November 26 at 2 pm. A discussion led by Marilou Craft will follow the performance on Friday, November 24.

Where?

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)

3680 Jeanne-Mance, Montreal

Source: MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)

Montreal First Exhibit of Édéenne Fine Jewelry

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Édéenne Montreal Exhibit – Birks Automne

Borned in Longueuil, Édéenne is now well established in Paris as a renowned jeweler. Édéenne build her name thanks to her unique talent and ability to immerse herself in her client’s personality to create breathtaking pieces of fine jewelry based on their values and experiences.

For the first time in Canada, more than 150 pieces of fine jewelry of Édéenne collections will be on display at the Wilder Building at the Grands Ballets Canadiens until November 16th. Édéenne exhibit is grandly supported by its clients since half of the fine jewelry pieces have been generously lent by their owners.

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Édéenne Montreal Exhibit – Opening Night (Photo Credit: Valérie Blum)

Cordially invited at the exhibit opening night on November 1st, we had the opportunity to immerse ourself in this deeply moving environment while discovering each piece’s personal story. The exhibit is organized as a guided tour where you are plunged into darkness and accompanied by a storyteller.

Édéenne is the only Canadian to make fine jewelry in Paris. She has been recognized by the former jewelry director of Christies in Geneva as one of the 4 women who have marked history since 1900, and this, in a universe essentially masculine. Vivienne Becker published in the Financial Times: “Édéenne is one of the 4 gems stars“.

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Édéenne Fine Jewelry

To bring a touch of originality, Édéenne choose to partner with the Bank of Montreal to present the exhibit inside a vault. “I believe in the power of jewelry to witness the depth of the beings and I can not wait to finally reveal my works to the public of my motherland, which, I hope, will be inspired and touched” said Édéenne.

Equipped with a flashlight and accompanied by a storyteller, visitors will discover the underlying story of each piece and live a unique immersive experience far beyond the presentation of the object itself.

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Édéenne Montreal Exhibit – Eden

“As we celebrate the Bank of Montreal’s 200th anniversary this year, our partnership with Édéenne reflects the values that drive us as a company which are the same that inspire her as an artist: meet the expectations of its clients, recognize the uniqueness of each person, believe in the strength of good ideas” said Claude Gagnon, general manager at Bank of Montreal Financial Group Quebec.

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Édéenne Montreal Exhibit – Excalibur

Since its beginning in 2003, Édéenne has influenced the field of jewelry thanks to her singular approach. She dedicated herself to create unique jewelry sculptures for private clients and well known brands. As a cinema lover, she had the opportunity to design collections for films such as Star Wars and for renowned studios such as Walt Disney.

Internationally recognized for her work, Édéenne had the opportunity to feature her collections in several places: twice at the Museum of The Legion of Honor in Paris, at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, at Wako in Tokyo and at TEFAF in Maastricht. Don’t miss your chance to visit this free exhibit in Montreal!

Édéenne Fine Jewelry Exhibit – Wilder Building of Grands Ballets Canadiens

1435 rue de Bleury, Montreal

Landmarks of Wine Culture by Wines of Germany

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Cartes Postales La Culture du Vin – Landmarks of Wine Culture

Landmarks of Wine Culture is a free photo exhibit presented by Wines of Germany until November 2nd at Hotel Gault in Montreal Old Port. The exposition is a gift to Montreal and Canada, for the 375th anniversary of the city and 150th anniversary of confederation. It presents 13 images of wine culture representing each of Germany’s 13 wine regions.

By visiting the exhibition you could win a trip for 2 to your favorite landmark in Germany! How to enter? Share a photo of you posing in front of your favorite picture of the exhibition on “Cartes Postales: la culture du vin” Facebook page using the hashtag #cultureduvinallemand and follow the page. Winner will be selected on November 7th, by then let us introduce three of our favorite photos from the exhibit.

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Landmarks of Wine Culture – The Marienthal Monastery

Founded in 1137, the Augustinian cloister of Marienthal was the first in the Ahr Valley. We were surprised to learn that the nouns, devoted to a life of piety, worked hard on the surrounding plots of land and planted vines on the steep slopes of the Hubach Valley.

Today, only the picturesque walls of the cloister church remain and the Estate Weingut Kloster Marienthal founded in 2004 provides an atmospheric backdrop for concerts, festivals, tastings, and other events.

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Landmarks of Wine Culture – The “Wein und Stein” Experiential Path

If you have the chance to visit the tiny region Hessische Bergstrasse and walk along the experiential path running through the hillside vineyards of Heppenheim, you will find a monument representing a grape titled “The Genesis of King Riesling”. Artist Adolf Mayer from Tramin seeks to remind visitors that the king of German grapes actually derives from another, older grape: the Red Riesling.

Largely cultivated in medieval times, Red Riesling was restored by researchers at the University of Geisenheim. In 1996 the first “pilot vines” were planted in Heppenheim, now the world’s largest source of Red Riesling vines.

Inaugurated in 2007, the seven kilometers “Wein und Stein” experiential path features 70 stations teaching visitors about the cultural history of wine. This is a great activity to explore the region!

Landmarks of Wine Culture – The Weinreich in Sommerach

“Vision Requires Space” proclaimed the 90 winemakers families of Franken’s oldest cooperative. As a collective, the Sommerach winemakers believe in combining respect for tradition with an innovative spirit. This philosophical blend is not limited to the wines they produce year in and year out, it is reflected in the redesign of their meeting house as well.

The tasting room on the ground floor is young, modern and hip. The ‘Kostbar’ and its staff serve up Franken classics alongside more international varieties.

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Wines of Germany

To discover a selection of German wines available at SAQ, reserve your seat on Eventbrite to attend the next wine tasting socials from 5-7 pm on October 26th. It’s a great occasion to visit the exhibit and taste wines from featured regions. If you have a preference for dryer white wine, we suggest you to try Weingut Leitz Eins Zwei Dry Riesling. This cuvée comes from a blend of different Rheingau parcels. Enjoy your visit!

Hotel Gault

449 Sainte-Helene, Montreal

Oedipus Part One Assembly at Centaur Theatre

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Oedipus Part One: Assembly

“Don’t raise the city only to let it drop; restore the state so it never falls.” –Priest

Returning for a fourth Brave New Looks following their award-winning productions of Medea and The BacchaeScapegoat Carnivale Theatre presents Oedipus Part One: Assembly, a new translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rexat Centaur Theatre from October 20th to 22nd. Celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary, Oedipus Part One: Assembly, the third in their Greek tragedy trilogy, unites local gifted theatre artists who have performed with the company over the years.

This new translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, directed by Andreas Apergis, is adapted by Joseph Shragge from a literal translation by Lynn Kozak, with musical direction by David Oppenheim and original composition by Brian Lipson. Both spoken and sung, the stage will be filled with 65 talented Montreal voices coming together for the first creative development stage of this important play. Award-winning cast members, many of whom are no stranger to Centaur audiences, include: Chip Chuipka, Alison Darcy, Gitanjali Jain, Marcel Jeannin, Leni Parker, Mike Payette, France Rolland, Theoharis ‘Harry’ Standjofski, Melissa Trottier, Janet Warrington and Brett Watson.

Coming together onstage to sing the choral odes are three community choirs. The lauded Choeur Maha is an innovative women’s choir with a feminist mandate that has performed across the city since 1991. The Zakynthines Phones choir is an all male Greek Community Choir that sings a repertoire of traditional Greek music. The Montreal Artists Choir is a musical chorus formed from the extended Montreal theatre community especially for this production.

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Oedipus Part One Assembly – Cast

First produced 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece, the story centres on King Oedipus’ quest to rid Thebes of a devastating plague brought on by a mysterious curse. His pursuit of its cause has far-reaching consequences for the city and for himself. The play opens with a group of citizens supplicating at Oedipus’ palace gates, but we quickly learn that these protests are occurring throughout the metropolis. It is against this backdrop of civic collectivity that the truth of Oedipus’ past violence and present taboo-filled turmoil comes to light.

This performance is the first phase of a long-term creative development which will re-centre the play’s civic notion of public assembly, and ask what it means to be part of a large-scale appeal to power. An assembly of Montreal community choirs will come together as the play’s chorus of Theban citizens and sing the choral odes en masse.

This classic piece is more current than ever. People are rallying and protesting for their beliefs in a way that hasn’t been seen in decades. This includes the Occupy Movement, Black Lives Matter, and massive protests against Donald Trump, as well as ongoing civil unrest and protest in Venezuela, Iraq and Russia, to name a few. Oedipus Part One: Assembly moves away from 20th century Freudian readings of the play, instead suggesting it as a lens for examining 21st century participatory culture.

There are only three shows on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1:00 pm (tickets: 15$).

Centaur Theatre

453 St François Xavier, Montreal

Deviation – A Unique Contemporary Art Event In Montreal

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The Door – Photo Credit: SDC – Quartiers du Canal

SDC Quartier du Canal and Art Souterrain present “DÉVIATION – Circulez, il y a tout à voir”, a unique contemporary art event in Saint-Henri district aiming to revitalize the neighborhood despite of construction work currently underway.

This unique contemporary art event is held until October 2017 on Notre-Dame West between Atwater avenue and Saint-Augustin street where construction blocks traffic and bother access to local businesses. “We can not stop them, move them or avoid them, but we can turn them into derision, make fun of them, create interest and arouse curiosity around this site” said Robert Laramée, director of SDC Quartier du Canal.

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Fidia Falaschetti – Photo Credit: SDC – Quartiers du Canal

The first part of the exhibition “Déviation” is to invade the windows of Notre-Dame West and to install contemporary artworks from large collections. In addition to beautify the site, this initiative allows international contemporary art to be brought out of traditional exhibition spaces in order to show them directly to people.

Six artists from different backgrounds and recognized internationally have been chosen for this event: Chris Coy, Mark Jenkins, Fidia Falaschetti, Zoe Barcza, Anthony Burnham, and Nicolas Nabonne.

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Diana Thorneycroft – Photo Credit: SDC – Quartiers du Canal

The second part of the exhibition consists of artworks installed near the renovation areas, each inspired in its own way by the world of the construction. Three installations specially created by Montreal artists Phil Allard, Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf and Diana Thorneycroft for the exhibition are displayed at the heart of the site. These unusual artistic creations use construction materials and divert them to create a contrast both subtle and humorous with the work in progress.

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Jacqueline Van de Geer – Photo Credit: Compagnie Mobile Home

The last part of “Déviation” proposes a series of artistic performances realized by artists living in Montreal and enjoying a strong notoriety in Quebec. Five events will be given to invite visitors and residents of the canal district to participate in unique moments of sharing and exchanges with performing artists.

On August 11th and 24th, Jacqueline Van de Geer will feature “La discothèque silencieuse” which is an invitation to dance in silence by following the rhythm of a music through headphones.

For more info and event schedule, please visit quartierducanal.com.