Danse Danse - Kim-Sanh Châu


Dec 11, 2018
Doors: 6 p.m.
Performance: 7 p.m.

In collaboration with Danse Danse and TD Bank Group, Arsenal Contemporary Montreal invites you to a TD Cultural Tuesday - Focus : Dance & Creative Research dedicated to the presentation of Kim Sanh Châu’s explorations. 


Leaning between dance and installation, Kaleidoscope is a colorful sensorial journey where bodies unravel subconscious and fleeting dreams. Floating through concise positions and with gentle corporeity, the dancers Ariane Dessaulles and Melina Stinson open our oneiric imaginations. The audience slides into this surreal and hazy world wearing kaleidoscope glasses. Their special lenses multiply the image and alter colours. With this new creation, Kim-Sanh Châu realizes and invites us into her synesthetic realm of colors, music and emotions. Kaleidoscope is pale pink and violet, touched with Persian blue and gold. Bodies duplicate infinitely.  Then disappear. 

A short version has already been presented at Tangente, Krossing-Over (Vietnam), DanceBox (Malaysia), SIDance/HOTPOT, and Sejong festival (South Korea) in 2018. This creation residency at Arsenal Contemporary Montreal will lead to a full-length piece, re-oriented towards a performative installation. 

Kim-Sanh Châu is a Vietnamese-French contemporary dance artist based in Montreal. Trained in dance at Paris 8 (France) and UQAM (Canada), she also holds a Master's degree in finance (ACU (Australia), Aarhus University (Denmark) and Harvard University (USA)). Her choreographic work has been presented locally at Tangente, MAI (Montreal, arts interculturels), Accès Asie and Quartiers Danses festivals; as well as internationally at SIDance/HOTPOT (South Korea), Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance, Krossing Over Art Festival (Vietnam), Dancebox and RAW Art Space (Malaysia). Châu is also a screendance filmmaker. Her work, mostly collaborative, has been screened in Canada, Colombia, Germany, Italy and Vietnam. In 2017, she was awarded Best Direction 2017 by Festival Quartiers Danses for Inner Smoke. Finally, Châu is the Artistic and General Co-director at Studio 303 (Canada). 

Kim Sanh-Châu will be in a creation residency from December 5 to December 18, 2018 in our exhibition spaces.
Wednesday to Friday — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Concept: Kim-Sanh Châu 
Interpretation: Ariane Dessaulles, Melina Stinson
Dramaturgy: Daina Ashbee 
Music and sound design: Chittakone Baccam, Michel F. Côté 
Video: Guillaume Vallée 
Lighting: Jon Cleveland  

The purpose of the TD Cultural Tuesdays is to bring contemporary visual art into dialogue with other artistic practices. From 6 to 9, these gatherings take the form of events allowing the convergence of different audiences in a friendly atmosphere.

Photo credit: Romain Guilbault

Entrance: 10$ (one free drink)
Free for Arsenal Contemporary Art members


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