MoW! Montre(olly)Wood / 2016 / 25 MINUTES
” MoW! Is my dream to realize the biggest Bollywood and contemporary dance fusion creation! Something never seen in Canada! “
– Roger Sinha
Montré(olly)Wood or MoW! is an original creation inspired by the popular success of the flashmob trend. MoW! brings together nearly 90 non-professional dancers. It combines contemporary western dance and Bollywood, a current style of popular dance based on Indian classical dance and folklore. Over the weeks, several professional dancers and the non-professionals work with Roger Sinha on a choreography created by himself and Bollywood choreographer Deepali Lindblom.
This intergenerational and intercultural creation highlights the value of community and serves as an excellent meeting point between professionals and a variety of citizens. Taking a collaborative and playful approach, MoW! reaches its pinnacle as a festive and contagious large-scale presentation.
July 8, 7pm – Place de la Gare-Jean-Talon, Montreal
July 8-9, 2pm – Ottaw(olly)Wood, Ottawa
July 12, 8pm – Parc La Fontaine, Montreal
July 19, 5.30pm – Prince-Arthur St / Saint-Dominique St, Montreal
August 5, 3.15pm – Nova Stella – L’art d’être différents ensemble, Place des festivals, Montreal
July 1 – Greenfield Park, Longueuil
July 2 – Place Charles-Le Moyne, Longueuil
October 22 – Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts, Montreal
About the creators
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
Deepali Lindblom is a performer, choreographer, and actress specialized in Bollywood dance and several folk dances from India. She is also trained in Kathak and Indian classical theater and holds a diploma in film and television production. In 2009, she wrote, directed and played the musicals, Legend of the Necklace and Lha Gyalo, which were presented at the Bell Center in Montreal during the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2014, Deepali created I Dream of India for the Just for Laughs Festival. Her choreographies were presented in several events including the Soirée des Jutras (now the Quebec Cinema Gala) and the show Les Grandes Entrevues.
ARTISTIC DIRECTION / ROGER SINHA / CHOREOGRAPHY / ROGER SINHA & DEEPALI LINDBLOM / TEACHING ASSISTANTS AND DANCERS 2016-2017 / DAVID CAMPBELL, FANNIE CÔTÉ, AMELIA LAMANQUE, BENOIT LEDUC, XAVIER MALO, JAMIE MALYSH, MARK MEDRANO, ERIN O’LOUGHLIN, CLÉMENTINE SCHINDLER, NATHAN JAN YAFFE,MARYSE GAUTHIER & ROGER SINHA / TECHNICAL DIRECTION / BENOIT LEGENDRE / SOUNDTRACK AND LIVE MUSICIAN / ROGER SINHA / VIDEO EDITING / ROGER SINHA
This initiative is made possible thanks to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Canada’s community foundations, the Greater Montreal Foundation, the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
This version with the Montreal community is supported by PEYO, Loisirs du Parc in collaboration with Hors les murs program from Maison de la culture de Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension and support from Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.
This project received support from Des ponts culturels, d’une rive à l’autre program. This initiative is a part of the Conseil des arts de Montréal and Culture Montréal collaboration with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the société de la Place des Arts and the cities of Longueuil, Terrebonne and Sainte-Julie. MoW! enjoyed a creation residency from February to June 2016 in Longueuil thanks to the support of the Bureau de la culture de la Ville de Longueuil and the Conseil des arts de Longueuil.
An enormous thanks to Yves Labrosse and Télévision Rive-Sud for their generous contribution of the video images.
Thank you to all the volunteers who took part in this crazy and joyous adventure with us.