Sonia St-Michel

Sonia 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

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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

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:
One performance : 1 hour (incl. Q & A) $415 + HST
Two performances : same school in one day
$700 + HST
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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:
One performance : 1 hour (incl. Q & A) $515 + HST
Two performances : same school in one day $850 + HST
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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:
* session for Kindergarten classes are offered as 30 minute sessions for up to 15 students.

One hour session $195 + HST
Half day: two 1 hour sessions
or one 2 hour sessions $295 + HST
Full day: four 1 hour sessions
or two 2 hour sessions $395 + HST
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Mime Workshop Abhinaya

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

The word Abhinaya means "to express" in Indian dance and refers to symbolic positions of hands and mime used to tell stories. Students learn Hastas (hand gestures) and Navarasas (9 emotions) that are used to mimic Indian dance. They learn to represent places, characters, emotions and participate in a creative process inspired by an Indian tale.

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, Literary Arts
Time and Price:
One hour session: $195 + HST
Half day: two 1 hour sessions or one 2 hour session $295 + HST
Full day: four 1 hour sessions or two 2 hour sessions $395 + HST
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Shanti (Peace)

New Program 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:
1 performance of 60 minutes including Q & A: $415 + HST
2 performances same place, same day $700 + HST
Request a Booking

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:
1 show of 60 minutes including Q & A: $ 515 + HST (2 artists)  
2 performances same place, same day:  $850 + HST
Request a Booking

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:
Performance followed by a workshop
75 minutes: $415 + HST
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