Kindness comes alive in George Stamos’ choreography ONE KIND FAVOR, presented by MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and Danse-Cité

Interdisciplinary // Dance, Video, Performance & Live-Music

ONE KIND FAVOR
An exploration of how kindness can be embodied
January 21 – 25, 2020

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and
Danse-Cité presents George Stamos’ choreography ONE KIND FAVOR, created and
performed in collaboration with dancer Karla Etienne and musician Radwan Ghazi
Moumneh.  
 

“To find the
strength in kindness, the courage; what if we approach kindness as a resource,
a natural space to find safety and connect with each other in our lives and
imaginations.” 

– George Stamos,
Choreographer/Artistic Director

Choreographed by Stamos in collaboration with fellow performers Karla Etienne and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, ONE KIND FAVOR is an exploration of how kindness can be embodied; sometimes with grace, sometimes failing despite good intentions. 

Photo credit: Nikol Mikus

“With One Kind
Favor, I am interested in creating a piece that doesn’t rely on the thrill of
chaos or dysfunction to excite the audience. I’m working with the idea of
kindness as a type of creative generator, a motor to build a different type of
energy.” 

– George Stamos,
Choreographer/Artistic Director

 

This transdisciplinary performance project is centred on the spaces created by the cohabitation of the collaborators. The work is created without expectations for each other to change who they are in order to accommodate one another or reduce themselves into simplistic representations. ONE KIND FAVOR is a show of appreciation for the multiplicity of inheritances that cohabitate in society at large and within us as individuals. The performance is guided by an invitation to the collaborators to “come as you are” (as artists and people) as they enter it.

ONE KIND FAVOR is a co-production between George Stamos and Danse-Cité, co-presented by MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and Danse-Cité, supported by The Canada Council for the Arts.

BIOGRAPHIES

George Stamos Choreographer/Artistic Director

Montréal based Choreographer/Artistic Director/Performer George Stamos has been active in the professional contemporary dance world since the mid 1990s. George received his BFA (Dance) from The Amsterdam University of the Arts in 1993, spent his formative years in the queer performance art and contemporary dance milieus of Toronto, London, Amsterdam and New York throughout 1988 to 1999, and completed the graduate diploma program at Concordia University’s Department of Communication Studies in 2018. In both 2009 and 2017, George was a resident artist at the Baryshnikov Arts Centre in New York, and from 2012 to 2015 at Agora de la Danse. George also received the much sought-after Northrop McKnight Fellowship for International Choreographers Award in 2014. In his prolific career George’s choreography has received critical acclaim, including his most recent piece Recurrent Measures that premiered in January 2018 at Agora de la Danse. As a dancer, George has collaborated with many pioneering Choreographers, most notably Benoit Lachambre, Sara Shelton Mann and Zab Maboungou. Since 2016 George has also produced / directed several short videos and is currently in the production phase of a video project titled SNAP that features Vogue and Waacking icon Archie Burnett (AKA Grandfather of the House of Ninja).

Radwan Ghazi Moumneh Performer, Musician, Sound Director, Composer

Radwan Ghazi Moumneh is a Canadian recording engineer, producer, and musician. In 2005 Moumneh began performing live as Jerusalem In My Heart with a number of collaborators, a project with whom he has released two full-length records.

Karla Etienne Performer, Dancer

Karla Etienne was introduced to West African dance (Takadja, Juno Prize and Oumar N’Diaye), then to the dance technique developed by Zab Maboungou. After a few years becaming one of Zab’s company’s performers. She has attended several workshops, obtained a master’s degree in environmental sciences and worked for environmental organizations. In 2003, she decided to devote herself to dance and became assistant director of Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata. She also coordinates the Programme d’entraînement et de formation artistique et professionnel en danse (PEFAPDA), of which she is the first graduate.

CREDITS
Performers: Karla Etienne, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, George Stamos
Choreographer/Artistic Director: George Stamos
Music: Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, “In Touch” by SUUNS + JIMH
Sound Direction: Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, George Stamos
Lighting Designer: Lee Anholt
Outside Eye: Sophie Corriveau
Text: Karla Étienne, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, George Stamos
Video Director: George Stamos (featuring Karla Etienne, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh)
Creative Contribution: Sara Shelton Mann

IN BRIEF

What?
ONE KIND FAVOR: An exploration of how kindness can be embodied
by George Stamos, in collaboration with Karla Etienne and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh

When?
21 Jan, 8PM PREMIERE
22 Jan, 8PM
23 Jan, 8PM
24 Jan, 8PM
25 Jan, 8PM

Tickets?
514-982-3386
m-a-i.qc.ca/en/event/one-kind-favor/
m-a-i.qc.ca/en/box-office/

Prices?
Show regular $28
Show discount $22
Show group (10+) and 14 years and under $16
Accompanying person for spectators with an handicap $0

Where?
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680 Jeanne Mance

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