HI5 LO5 WIFI TAKKA TAKKA DHIM / 2014 / 50 minutes
” I am very concerned about the destructive effects of bullying. As a child I routinely experienced it because of my heritage. Today, as a father of two pre-teens, I am just as concerned as ever about what is happening inside and outside of schools. ”
Hi5 Lo5 wifi takka takka dhim is the company’s first production dedicated to a youth audience. It is also Roger Sinha’s most personal work since 1992’s Burning Skin. The piece originally stemmed from the experiences of the choreographer when he arrived in Canada as a young immigrant of color. A dialogue for four dancers, it closely examines the theme of intolerance and bullying among teens through the use of humour and derision. Hi5 Lo5 wifi takka takka dhim also reflects contemporary society’s obsession with smart phones and social media, which are so prevalent in our daily life. The show is available in English and French and is designed for a teen (+11 years) and family audience.
For more information
I-Mouvance: Dance for young audiences (Prepared by the Regroupement Québécois de la Danse, January 2016)
Presentations given as a part of the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.
March 18, 2016, 7:30 pm – Patro Le Prevost, Maison de la culture Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension
March 16, 2016, 7:30 pm – Salle Émile-Legault – St-Laurent
March 12, 2016, 7:30 pm – Salle Jean-Eudes, Maison de la culture Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie
January 22, 2016, 8 pm – Théâtre du Grand-Sault, LaSalle
December 8, 2015, 10 am and 1:30 pm – Salle Oliver-Jones, Maison culturelle et communautaire Montréal-Nord
About the creator
Roger Sinha was born in England to an Armenian mother and an Indian father. Roger grew up in Canada where he graduated from the Toronto Dance Theatre, drawing inspiration from his cultural background to develop his unique language of movement and personal choreography. He draws his vocabulary from contemporary dance, martial arts, ballet with subtle hints of Barata-Natyam, Indian dance. “Sinha is a creative powerhouse whose onstage presence is as generous as it is captivating”- Voir, 1995. See full biography
Choreography and design/ Roger Sinha / Actors and artistic accompaniment / Gervais Gaudreault & Marie-Christine Lê-Huu / Dancers 2015-2016 (alternating) / Katia Lacelle, Marie-Ève Lafontaine, Élise Legrand, Mark Medrano, Erin O’Loughlin / Text / Roger Sinha / Visual Design and production / Jérôme Delapierre & Roger Sinha / Video capturing / Elysha Poirier / Music / Kimmo Pohjonen, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Nitin Sawhney, Tchaïkovski / Original music / Dino Giancola / Lyrics and vocals (rap) / Alex ADM & Claudia / Music design and production / Roger Sinha / Lighting design / Caroline Nadeau / Seriography / Elysha Poirier / Gumboot accompaniment / Mélanie Murray-Hall / Technical director/ Jack Pilon
Video participation / François Richard, the students of école St-Louis, Marie-Adeline Choquet, Charlotte Doucet, Stéphanie Zidel, Andréa Corbeil, Jorge Isaac Leon, Hugo Berardino and André Léon.
Acknowledgements: Sophie Côté and the students of école St-Louis de Montréal, Lise McMillan and the dancers for their artistic contribution.
This work was sponsored by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (2011).