Sinha Danse is a professional contemporary dance company based in Montreal and founded by Roger Sinha over 25 years ago.
Creating, producing, and presenting contemporary dance are the center of the company’s mandates, choreographing with a level of excellence inspired by the Indian cultural heritage of its founder.
Promotion of contemporary dance is of major importance to Sinha Danse, as the richness that can be brought to this discipline using intercultural and multidisciplinary approaches. Music and new technologies are also greatly valued and present in many of its works.
Rich with history, the company has presented in front of multiple audiences
Its works across Quebec, Canada, and internationally.
Renowned choreographer and dance specialist, Roger Sinha is a regular guest teacher for professional dance training institutions and events across the country.
Emphasizing the importance of his work, he was awarded the 2016 Prize for Cultural Diversity in Dance, presented by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, from PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL
• ARTS & CULTURE LYS TROPHY (2017): GIVEN AT THE GRANDS PRIX MOSAIQUE’S GALA FOR HIS WORK MoW! PROMOTING INCLUSION AND OUTREACH OF DIVERSITY IN ALL ITS FORMS.
• CULTURAL DIVERSITY PRIZE IN DANCE (2016): PRESENTED BY THE CONSEIL DES ARTS DE MONTRÉAL, FOR PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL.
• KATHRYN ASH CHOREOGRAPHIC COMMISSION (2011) : OFFERED TO A SELECTED CHOREOGRAPHER BY THE School of Toronto Dance Theater TO CREATE A PRODUCTION WITH STUDENTS.
• PRIX DU PUBLIC CANADIEN AT THE RACINES DE RADIO-CANADA INTERNATIONAL (2010) CONTEST : FOR VIDEODANCE, Haters n’ Baiters: The culture collision.
• ROGER IS CHOSEN BY THE CANADIAN DANCE ASSEMBLY (CDA) AS ambassador for International Dance Day, ON APRIL 29TH 2017
• SINHA DANSE HAS BEEN SELECTED FIVE TIMES FOR THE Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée FOR : LOHA/THOK, APRICOT TREES EXIST, ZEROS & ONES /THREAD, SUNYA (2014-2015), TOPE LÀ, TOPE CI, WIFI TAKKA TAKKA DHIM (2015-2016).
OUT OF BARK AND BONE
Out of Bark and Bone goes back to the essential vital forces that define our humanity and give shape to who we are fundamentally, beyond divisions, affiliations, ethnic groups and cultural identities. Voice, breath and rhythm constitute the canvas of the piece. The constant fleeting interactions between humans, locked up in themselves, bouncing within the limits of their own breath, encircled by others, trying to escape, are driven by the essential need to continually outgrow and emancipate from what was there before, individually or as a group.
Two musicians accompany six dancers on stage in this piece, created by the choreographer Roger Sinha in collaboration with the dancers and composer Katia Makdissi-Warren. The perpetual inner rhythms of the bodies resonate with the deep sound of the didgeridoo and the steady beat of the drums in an effort to strip out the inessential. Humans and instruments communicate, sustained by the breath. Almost otherworldly throat sounds, coming from the depths of bodies, heavy with ancestry, get intertwined with the rhythmic projection of the human speech, fused within in the constant circular tones of the didgeridoo.
Choreographer: Roger Sinha
Dancers: David Campbell, Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Marie-Ève Lafontaine, Benoit Leduc, Erin O’Loughlin, François Richard
Repetition Director: Annik Hamel
Percussions: Bertil Schulrabe
Didgeridoo: Roger Sinha
Original Music: Katia Makdissi-Warren and excerpts of the album Saimaniq of Oktoecho
Musical creation and editing: Roger Sinha and Katia Makdissi-Warren
Voices on soundtrack: Lydia Etok and Nina Segalhowitz at Inuit Throat Singing
Vocal Coach: Hélène Martel
Costumes: Lyne Beaulieu
Lights creation: Stéphane Ménigot
Technical Director: Jacques Pilon
Aknowledgements: Véronique Giasson, Mark Medrano and the dancers for their artistic contribution, Tony Chong for the choreograhic research and Charles Koroneho for his artistic advices and the Maison de la Culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce for their invaluable support.
Every sound stems from a gesture, but in an abyss of silence, does movement still occur? All expression comes from a memory. When there are multiple memories, how do they resonate? What happens when two artists team up? What happens when a choreographer and a composer at the crossroads of cultures join forces?
A co-production between Sinha Danse and the Constantinople musical ensemble, Sunyà (meaning “zero” and “number” in Sanskrit) refers to the fundamental paradox of being, of language, of movement… The movement of exile, the movement of hybridized art. Four dancers, three musicians and a visual artist all under the guidance of Roger Sinha and Kiya Tabassian create a common language. From the universal quest for identity to a collective epic comes a creative gesture, a dreamlike echo of a world reconciled.
Direction artistique : Roger Sinha et Kiya Tabassian en collaboration avec Jo Leslie
Chorégraphe : Roger Sinha
Conception musicale : Kiya Tabassian en collaboration avec Pierre-Yves Martel
Dramaturge : Jo Leslie
Designer visuel: Jerôme Delapierre
Interprètes : Thomas Casey, Tanya Crowder, Marie-Ève Lafontaine, François Richard
Interprète du prologue : Roger Sinha
Musiciens : Kiya Tabassian (setar and vocals), Pierre-Yves Martel (viole de gambe) et Patrick Graham (percussions)
Costumes : Denis Lavoie
Éclairages : Caroline Nadeau
Directeur technique : Julien De La Sablonnière Directrice vidéo : Elysha Poirier