Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal Production


FROM APRIL 21ST TO 25TH, 2021 AT 2 P.M. AND 8 P.M.

AT THÉÂTRE MAISONNEUVE, PLACE DES ARTS


From the Sun to Moon will be the first work presented at Luna, by Vanesa G.R Montoya. This rich and dense contemporary ballet relates the coexistence of multiple realities in this world, producing at one and the same time great difficulties, constant struggle and limitless hope.


Here are some shots of one of the props I designed for the show. Honourable mention and thanks to Simon Beetschen, Technical Director.

FROM THE SUN TO THE MOON CREATIVE TEAM:


  • CHOREOGRAPHER VANESA GARCIA-RIBALA MONTOYA

  • MUSIC DYAOULÉ PEMBA, MOONLIGHT BENJAMIN, TOTO BISSAINTHE

  • COSTUMES VIVIANA GARCIA, NAHIMA KHALFAOUI, VINCENT LA KUACH

  • SCENOGRAPHY NALO SOYINI BRUCE

  • PROJECTIONS CHOPIN JOSEPH

  • LIGHTING MARC PARENT


Pictures of dancers in rehearsal by Sasha Onyshchenko

Pictured dancers above from left to right:

  • Célestin Boutin, Vanesa G.R. Montoya

  • Tatiana Lerebours

  • Anna Ishii

  • André Santos

  • Hamilton Nieh , André Santos, Etienne Gagnon-Delorme

  • André Santos, Hamilton Nieh


Full Cast:

DU SOLEIL À LA LUNE Julia Bergua, Esabelle Chen, Kiara Felder, Emily He, Anna Ishii, Tatiana Lerebours, Sahra Maira, Tetyana Martyanova, Vanesa G.R. Montoya, Yui Sugawara, Eléonore Thomas, Raphaël Bouchard, Célestin Boutin, Giuseppe Canale, Matthew Cluff, Jean-Sébastien Couture, Roddy Doble, Étienne Gagnon-Delorme, Jordan Faye, Jérémy Galdeano, James Lyttle, Melih Mertel, Hamilton Nieh, Esnel Ramos, Stefano Russiello, André Santos, Stephen Satterfield

Julia Bergua, Mai Kono, Yi Li Law, Tatiana Lerebours, Eline Malègue, Tetyana Martyanova, Vanesa G.R. Montoya, Yui Sugawara, Eléonore Thomas, Célestin Boutin, Giuseppe Canale, Matthew Cluff, Jean-Sébastien Couture, Étienne Gagnon-Delorme, Jordan Faye, Graeme Fuhrman, Jérémy Galdeano, Nicholas Jones, James Lyttle, Melih Mertel, Hamilton Nieh, Esnel Ramos, Stefano Russiello, André Santos

Mask design (project ongoing)




The process:

  • sculpt the preliminary study of the mask with modelling clay

  • prepare the paper clay (papier-mâché) with leftover pulp from my recycled handmade paper making process 🌿♻️💚

  • add an initial layer of papier-mâché to the modelling clay base

  • add more refined papier-mâché to define the facial features

  • remove modelling clay from dried mask

  • sand, seal, paint and add details

Sometimes I work on multiple projects at the same time. Imani, another mask can be seen in the photos above.


Zemora was also featured in an installation piece I did for Nuit Blanche 2020. You can check that project post here.

A peek at the installation below:


A Piece of Mine Arts, with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille Presentation

The Negroes Are Congregating (NAC) unapologetically wrestles with deep-rooted internalized racism through the lens of the Western World and the 'Black experience' that stretches far beyond Canada and the United States, for a pan-African exploration. The laugh-out-loud piece balances comedy with discomfort, pulling audiences beyond the fourth wall, where everyone is invited to cackle, cry and be still together. Artists Uche Ama (Female 1), Christopher Bautista (Male 1) and Christopher Parker (Male 2) perform this contemporary piece delivered through a fusion of spoken word, satire, soulful dialect and musical vocals. Audiences will enter a realm of private truths and leave with an understanding of what it means to be Black, proud, and ready!


Cast:

Christopher Parker • Christopher BautistaUche Ama

Creative:

Written and Directed by Natasha Adiyana MorrisProduced and Production Managed by Troy De FourDramaturgy by Donna Michelle St Bernard and Lincoln Anthony BladesStage Management by Christie MaingotProduction Design/Wardrobe Design by Nalo Soyini BruceLighting Design by Lance BraithwaiteAssistant Production Design/Wardrobe Design by Krystin Leigh SmithProduction Assistance by Tinesha Richards