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Montréal

Louise Raymond

Performing arts
Percussion - Dance and song

Presentation

Louise Raymond

Passionate about African dance and drumming, Louise Raymond has studied in Paris and New York as well as at Archives Culturelles du Senegal and San Francisco State University. She has been awarded multiple bursaries from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Arts Start. In 1997 she founded a dance and percussion company, Malicounda Dance Company, serving as artistic director and actively participating in the performances by dancing, signing, storytelling, and drumming. Her company performed mainly in California until 2003, and later in Western Canada, until her return to Quebec in 2009. In addition to performing in over a hundred shows, Louise has been sharing her passion by giving African dance and percussion workshops for the last 15 years.

In her role as artistic director Louise focuses on creating choreographies, coaching dancers, directing choreographic arrangements for percussionists, designing costumes, staging, and more. As a professional artist, she specializes in African dance and percussion. She has adapted and created new rhythms and songs for preschool and primary levels and produced a CD of songs in four different languages (English, French, Spanish, and an African dialect) to help children learn dance and percussion.

Proposed approach and type of activities



The workshop’s main objective is to encourage students to discover a different cultural context through percussion, dance, and song. The introduction to West African culture begins with an explanation of why dancing, singing, and percussion are so important in West Africa (at births, weddings, funerals, etc.). Several or the region’s common musical instruments are then introduced and basic percussion techniques are demonstrated. Students sing the rhythm and reproduce it on their drums. Once students master percussion, body movement is introduced through traditional dances. Activities are adapted to age groups and focused on participation.

 

Fun and enjoyment are guaranteed, but students also quickly learn that attaining group harmony demands timing, coordination, active listening, discipline, and focus. The workshop ends with improvised activities that stimulate creativity: a rhythm is established and serves as the main theme over which students express themselves through movement and experiment with musical instruments.

Other examples of activities

  • Drumming: The facilitator introduces different percussion instruments and demonstrates various drumming techniques like bass, slap, and tone. Students try out the West African drums and instruments.
  • Song: The facilitator teaches an easy song in African dialect, Spanish, English, or French to students, who also perform various choreographed movements.
  • Storytelling: Using a drum, the facilitator narrates an African tale that contains rhythmic, musical and dramatic components and asks the students to mime the story.
  • Body Percussion: In small groups, the students produce sounds with their bodies by clapping hands, feet, or other body parts to create their own rhythm.
  • Funga Rhythm: The facilitator sings a rhythm and demonstrates an accompaniment: bass, tone, bass, and tone. Students repeat these rhythms and play together.
  • Dance: The facilitator teaches a Nigerian dance, Funga: Raise and lower arms, open and close legs using the arms, walk and bend over.
  • Solo: The facilitator encourages the students to perform the rhythm or movement they have created.

Special conditions

Drum rental and other musical instruments: $100.


For information

Louise Raymond
Phone : 514-505-3841
Email : louise.raymond64@gmail.com

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)

Yes

Levels

All levels

Available in

In every regions

Other language(s)

French

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