Musicology graduate and winner of the UQAM chamber music contest, Gabriel Girouard tours Québec and Asia with several groups (Baqqhus, O’Yâb, Curse in the Woods, Wallop the Spot, Les Ramancheurs), mastering a wide variety of styles (classical, trad, country, gypsy, pop, jazz). In 2011, he formed the duo Les Bordéliques danse et musique with Mélissandre Tremblay-Bourassa. In this group, he combines theatrical play, clowning and stilting with his brilliant musical interpretation. In 2013, Les Bordéliques were awarded the Prix Jeune Public at the Grand Prix Desjardins. Gabriel’s career is a tribute to his long, multidisciplinary (music, theatre, stilting, clowning) and versatile (folk, jazz, pop) artistic journey, in which the fiddle plays a central role. Mr. Girouard offers workshops as a duo with Mélissandre Tremblay-Bourassa.
Gabriel’s training and professional development have put him in contact with a wide range of influences including world and contemporary world music, jazz and classical. His curiosity and versatility have inspired him to combine various styles in his compositions. His interactions with artists from Cirque du Soleil piqued Gabriel’s desire to learn theatrical play, clowning and stilting. Gabriel brings all these aspects together into his performances with Les Bordéliques. Central to his unique style is the unusual art of telling stories wordlessly through music and dance. As one member of the duo, his role is to embody various characters from comic stories who express themselves through composed or improvised melodies, sounds and rhythms. He draws from his eclectic background to create the musical universe of his characters, infusing them with personality and context.
Other examples of activities
Traditional Québec music and dance: an overview
This workshop is designed to introduce youth to two art forms central to Les Bordéliques’ artistic practice: traditional Québec dance and music. First, the artists address the concept of tradition and situate the work in a historical context. They then perform a short demonstration of step dancing and fiddle. Next, the students are invited into the world of traditional music and dance by learning a song (Preschool through Grade 4) and practicing step dancing, spoons (Grade 3 and up), foot percussion (Grade 5 and up) and group dancing (contra dancing). All of the proposed activities engage the students’ creativity. For example, they are taught some basic steps or patterns and then tasked with inventing simple variations on this material. The workshop ends with a brief summary of the activities and of the initial presentation. In addition to being an original way to engage in physical activity and teamwork, these activities develop the students’ rhythmic skills, creativity and coordination. The workshop makes innovative connections with the pedagogical objectives and content of the history, music and physical education curricula.
Step dancing, foot percussion or contra dancing: introduction, exploration and development
The objective of this workshop is to familiarize students with one of the art forms central to the duo’s choreographic idiom: step dancing.* After a quick presentation of the historical background, a brief demonstration and a short warm-up, students are taught some basic steps. They are then asked to work in small groups to create variations of these steps and turn them into short choreographic pieces. The creations of the different groups are then presented to the class. The fiddler is involved throughout the workshop, thus demonstrating the importance of the relationship between dance and music in traditional art forms. This allows for music to be tailored to students’ needs (e.g., with a slow tempo or a form suitable for their choreographies). He also helps organize the groups and participates in the presentation of the historical context. In addition to being an original way to engage in physical activity and teamwork, these activities develop the students’ rhythmic skills, creativity and coordination. The workshop makes innovative connections with the pedagogical objectives and content of the history, music and physical education curricula. * Also possible: foot percussion or group dancing (contra dancing, square dancing).
The space must be free of any desks, gym mattresses, etc. For workshops involving foot percussion activities, the school must provide chairs for all participants. For the workshop “Narrating with Dance and Music: At the Heart of Les Bordéliques,” small instruments are required. Artists would ideally use the instruments from the school’s music class. If this is not possible, the artists will bring some instruments of their own. For the workshop “Narrating with Dance and Music: At the Heart of Les Bordéliques,” the school must provide audiovisual equipment (screen, etc.).
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