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Artists at school


Montréal

Christine Bellerose

Performing arts
Theatre arts

Presentation


Christine Bellerose (BFA) is an empathetic and human performer, passionate about folk stories, physical theatre, oriental and Latin dance, travels and encounters. She is a true artist. During her stay inAsia, she realized the potential of art as a tool for personal expression and for social development. This realization changed her life. Since 2002, she has been sharingher art through performing and teaching. Having returned to Montréal, she perfected her techniques of drama and movement at theUniversityofConcordia(theatre and development program) and is now pursuing an M.A. in the study of artistic practice at UQAR and Stanford. She has presented her work in recognized venues through out Canada and China, taking part in festivals of poetry, visual arts, dance and theatre.

Proposed approach and type of activities



Christine Bellerose is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher specializing in movement performance. She tackles the subjects of memories, the body and the spirit that bind the performer, the alter ego and the social body. Her approach focuses on the transformational process. Her practice is reflective; she embodies archetypes by kinaesthetic exploration. Through hybrid forms of dance, physical theatre, intermediality, and performative actions, Bellerose presents a unique aesthetic. At the same time, her performance reveals the universality of mixed mythologies and visceral emotions. In her recent works, Bellerose embodies an alter ego, Dalidada, through a process of live transformation. This stagework unveils the human psyche and points to our quest for world-memories.

Other examples of activities

Workshop 1

Storytelling through physical theatre (day workshop)

The workshop focuses on body expression as another way to express oneself. The artist advocates a didactic approach of humour and constructive group criticism. This workshop is an introduction to storytelling through physical theatre (see full program). The activities focus on the joy of performing and the sense of empowerment that alternative narrative expressions allow. The outcome is for the child to perform his/her memories. In “Story Jar,” the child draws a question and tells his/her anecdote. Then, the artist guides groups through performing ‘a moment of the story’ by making living sculptures. The living sculpture activities are inspired by Boal’s popular “image theatre” technique. The “Story Jar” questions and the complexity of living sculptures vary and are tailored to the age group. The artist understands the importance of concise and tailored explanations so that the child can perform with ease, fun, and a desire for self-betterment. The workshop is participatory.

Workshop 2

Storytelling through physical theatre (short program)

The workshop follows a progression of activities focusing on body expression as another way to express oneself. The artist advocates a didactic approach of humour and constructive group criticism. This is a short program (see full program). The activities focus on the joy of performing and the sense of empowerment that alternative narrative expressions allow. The outcome is for the child to perform his/her memories: 1. Warm-up activities; 2. “Story Jar”: sharing memories, anecdotes, current stories; 3. Creating static and dynamic images from personal memories; 4. Exploring rhythms in movement. The “Story Jar” questions and the complexity of living sculptures vary and are tailored to the age group. Also, at the request of school officials, the workshop can be built around a particular phenomenon such as social integration at school or bullying. The artist understands the importance of concise and tailored explanations so that the child can perform with ease, fun, and a desire for self-betterment. The workshop is participatory.


Special conditions

Classroom with no desks.


For information


Phone : 514 653-5296
Email : christinebellerose@yahoo.com

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)

No

Levels

Primary 5, Primary 6, Secondary 1, Secondary 2, Secondary 3, Secondary 4, Secondary 5, Special education (secondary)

Available in

Montréal, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Outaouais

Other language(s)

French

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