Sonia St-Michel Créations

Founded in 2020, Sonia St-Michel Creations is dedicated to artistic research, creation and dissemination.  Their work draws from Odissi dance, intersecting performance, choreography and installation, fostering collaborations across diverse mediums and artistic practices. 

Performances and workshops led by Sonia St-Michel and Sangeeta Raju.

Sonia St-Michel is a classical Indian dancer trained initially in Ottawa and since 2005 in India by teachers Aloka Panikar and Sujata Mohapatra. She's passionate about somatics and practices the Alexander Technique, Yoga and classical singing. Interested in many facets of performance, she creates works nourished by interdisciplinary influences like storytelling and visual arts. Her practice revolves around rituals, journeys and identity. She performs internationally and receives support from the Quebec and Canada Arts Councils as well as the City of Gatineau.  Amongst others she has been presented by the Kalanidhi dance festival in Toronto, the Festival Accès Asie in Montreal, the Festival of India in Ottawa, the Odissi International Dance festival in Orissa.  She has been facilitating workshops and residencies as well as performing in schools and community settings for over 15 years. She's curious about how art can stimulate attention, presence, reflexion, concentration, reduce stress and contribute to overall well being. www.soniastmichel.com

Sangeeta Raju is an emerging Odissi dancer and multimedia artist.  She began practicing Odissi at the age of 8, has performed in Canadian cities (Ottawa, Toronto, and Halifax) and in her parents’ home state of Andhra Pradesh in India.  She completed a Bachelor in Information Technology from Carleton University specializing in Interactive Multimedia and Design (2019).  Having practiced artistic expression in its various manifestations, Sangeeta seeks to push the boundaries separating a performing artist from a visual artist from a technologist in order to create multi sensory experiences for both the artists involved and the audience. A mentee of Sonia St-Michel she is also training with the Odissi Dance School.


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Body expression, nonverbal communication, mime, gesture, rhythm, tempo, appreciation of cultural diversity, culture, mythology and folklore of India.


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French
French Immersion

School Performance - Shanti (Peace)

New Program Residency Performance English

Shanti is a powerful, refined, rhythmic and fluid Indian classical dance performance. A dance form that has its origins in the ancient rituals of temples in India, is presented today on the international scene. The music and dance are mesmerizing, the mythological and folkloric stories are poetic and touching and confer a positive and peaceful message.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
200
Discipline:
Dance
Time and Price:
In person:
In person 1 performance: 1 hour $420 + HST
In person 2 performances same place same day: $705 + HST

Online: Video On Demand
One performance: 1 hour (video on demand + live meeting with the artist) $370 + HST
Each additional meeting: $60 + HST

Maximum:
500 students for the video
60 participants for the meeting

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School Performance: From Chai to Taj (With two artists : David Lopez and Sonia St-Michel)

New Program Residency Performance English

This performance offers an intimate experience in the heart of a thousand-year-old culture through the art of photography and dance. A photo projection transports you from Chai Tea to the Taj Mahal through the monasteries of Little Tibet. Powerful and refined Indian dance will immerse you in mythology and spiritual India.

Participants:
Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
200
Discipline:
Dance, Visual Arts
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance : 1 hour (incl. Q & A) $520 + HST
Two performances : same school in one day $855 + HST
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School Workshop: Indian Dance Workshop

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

The workshop begins with a Yoga warm-up to awaken Shakti, our vital energy. The word Taal means rhythm and in India, the drum represents the rhythm of life. Students learn to create and maintain various rhythms using footwork and a system of oral representation of percussive sounds. They explore some Hastas, the gestures of the hands used for mime.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Dance
Time and Price:
In person and online:
One hour session $215 + HST

In person
Half day: two 1 hour sessions
or one 2 hour sessions $315 + HST

Full day: four 1 hour sessions
or two 2 hour sessions $415 + HST

* session for Kindergarten classes are offered as 30 minute sessions for up to 15 students.
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School Workshop: Moving stories

New Program Residency Workshop English French

Through the study of "hastas" (Indian dance hand gestures), students will co-develop with the artist an original narrative choreography. Sonia will introduce students to traditional Indian dance, inviting participants to engage in a collaborative and open creative process inspired by the movements of birds. Students will explore and create a short dance piece integrating individual gestures and Indian dance techniques.

Participants:
Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Dance
Time and Price:
Half day: one 2 hour session $315 + HST
Full day: two 2 hour sessions $415 + HST
Three full day residency: includes performance by students
$1,245 + HST
Each additional day: $415 + HST

* As every project is different, a meeting with the artist is required to determine the parameters of the project, the number of participants and the number of days required to complete the project.
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Seniors Performances: Shanti (Peace)

Residency Performance English Seniors

Shanti (Peace) is a powerful, refined, rhythmic and fluid Indian classical dance performance. A dance that has its origins in the ancient rituals of temples in India, it is presented today on the international scene. The music and dance are mesmerizing, the mythological and folkloric stories are poetic and touching and confer a positive and peaceful message.

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
150
Discipline:
Dance
Time and Price:
In person and online:
One performance: 60 minutes including Q & A: $420 + HST
Two performances: 60 minutes each  $705 + HST
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Seniors Performance: From Chai to Taj With 2 artists : David Lopez and Sonia St-Michel

New Program Residency Performance English Seniors

This performance offers an intimate experience in the heart of a thousand-year-old culture through the art of photography (David Lopez) and dance (Sonia St-Michel). A tapestry of images that transports chai tea to the Taj Mahal through the monasteries of Little Tibet. Daily life, faces, culture and landscapes are waiting for you. Powerful and refined Indian dance will immerse you in mythology and spiritual India.

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
150
Discipline:
Dance
Time and Price:
One performance: 60 minutes including Q & A: $520 + HST
Two performances: 60 minutes each $855 + HST

Online: Video On Demand
One performance: 1 hour (video on demand + live meeting with the artist) $370 + HST
Each additional meeting: $60 + HST

Maximum:
500 students for the video
60 participants for the meeting
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Seniors Performance: Performance and Indian Dance workshop 

New Program Residency Performance English Seniors

Excerpts of the performance Shanti (Peace) followed by an Indian dance workshop for participants exploring music, rhythm, mythological and folk stories from this poetic that transmits a positive and calming energy.

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Dance, Literary Arts
Time and Price:
In person only:
Performance followed by a workshop
75 minutes:  $420 + HST
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