Hip-hop Event in Haute-Gaspésie

After the success of the first edition of the hip-hop event last winter with Sweet Technique, Sensei H, Q052 and DJ Monsieur Nokturn, Mandoline Hybride and its partners are back to present you a 2nd edition, in person this time!

This year, our guest curator and MC Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep has chosen two emblematic figures of hip-hop dance in Quebec to come and meet the citizens of the Haute-Gaspésie with him: Natasha “Tash” Jean-Bart (now based in Los Angeles) and Nubian Néné (now based in New York). Living legends of these ever-changing forms, the artists will develop their practice during a 10-day residency in Salon58, which will culminate in a day of activities at the Maison de la culture de Sainte-Anne-des-Monts.

On January 7, 2022, young and less young are invited to two workshops for the general public, followed by a supercharged performance and a large collective jam in the company of DJ Monsieur Nokturn (Gaspé), during which the artists will showcase their talents through improvised performances and invite the public to join them in dancing, in the community spirit of urban dance! On the program:

Two hip-hop dance workshops
— from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
— from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Dance performance & collective jam
— from 4pm to 5pm

Rates and Admission

Full day : $20
Performance and jam only: $15

In order to make the event accessible to as many people as possible and in the spirit of democratizing hip-hop culture, the January 7th activities are offered at affordable rates and open to the general public.

Free bus transportation will be organized on Saturday, January 7 in collaboration with Animation Jeunesse Haute-Gaspésie to facilitate the travel of local youth and encourage their participation in this special performance. To take advantage of this service, contact AJHG at coordo.ajhg@gmail.com.

Artists

Nubian Néné / New York
Nubian Néné is a Montreal native and a New York-based dancer/choreographer who weaves Street & Club dances to create her unique captivating style. Her resilience and hard work stem from her Haitian roots, enabling her to expand into a producer, a creative director, a curator, a visual artist, and a teacher. She’s a reliable asset to the innovative Montreal-based multidisciplinary collective: FRGMNT. Her mentors, some of the pioneers of the Street & Club dance cultures, support, encourage, and inspire her to identify cultural references, to be involved and engaged in community, and through pedagogy help carry the weight of legacy. Signature Verses Liberation (2022), an ode to architecture, dance, and drawing, is her first visual art installation, and proof of harmony. A hybrid context, with an amalgam of texture, layers, and patterns examined and imagined by the artist. She’s the creator of Waack Bazaar, The Essence Experience, Glasses & Laces, and A Lady in The House Dance Company. (Photo : Lauriane Ogay)

Natasha “Tash” Jean-Bart / Las Vegas
Born in Montreal, Canada, in 1971, Natasha Jean-Bart’s career spans over thirty-seven years in the Performing Arts. She’s a BIPOC artist, writer, dancer, choreographer, teacher, and intergenerational street dance/Hip Hop connector and consultant. Her credits as a performer and choreographer have taken her to well-respected stages, including Cirque Du Soleil’s “The Beatles LOVE” as a lead character and rehearsal Locking/Hip Hop coach/generalist. She is currently performing with the Canadian troupe Bboyizm Dance Company. Her expertise has garnered her numerous international positions as a juror for elite dance competitions. She also gives workshops and lectures internationally. In addition, she uses her voice to assist and inspire artists from all walks of life to find their purpose. A wife, mother of four beautiful children, and Nana to five lively grandchildren, Natasha divides her time between her home: Las Vegas, her hometown, Canada, and the rest of the world. (Photo : Ghislain Malardier)

DJ Monsieur Nokturn / Gaspé
Monsieur Nokturn is an artist based in Gaspé, active in the Quebec music scene for over 10 years as a performer and mediator. He is also the main DJ of Q-052, having taken part in the anti-colonial tour WAKE UP THE WORLD in 2019. While electronic diversity is becoming more and more prevalent each year on the nightlife scene, Mr. Nokturn, for hist part, prioritizes ancient art. By mixing classical melodies and underground laments, the artist delivers performances that are both classical and spectacular. Dance, culture, commitment and anarchism are the main elements of his practice. With his music, the dancefloor becomes a unique social experience. (Photo : Maxime Caron)

Workshops

Street Dance Education 2∅1 and its core principles with Tash Jean-Bart

A workshop focusing on the core principles sequenced through different street dance styles and their applications — This workshop will allow the student to;

  1. Identify, learn and incorporate basic codes and terms adopted and passed down from one generation to the next.
  2. Develop a musical and sensory appreciation in order to absorb and embody the conductive energies that fuel and connect the spirit, language and philosophy of “Hip Hop” to the bodies and many forms of culture.
  3. The 2∅1 approach therefore becomes a springboard to introduce the student to developing an integral understanding of “Street Dance Culture” by emphasizing the importance of its lineage-where it came from and where it is going. Unlearn to better relearn. Going back to the source, strengthening our roots, in order to unleash creativity.

House Like a Nubian avec Nubian Néné
House Like a Nubian is a house dance workshop based on learning and understanding the basic steps and fundamentals, while providing practice keys to improve one’s house dance technique. The focus is on freestyling and finding tools to unleash your own style, playing with variations, repeating, applying and pushing physicality. House dance stems from Black underground club culture, so sharing music and talking about important stories and livelihoods is paramount. This is an all levels class, no choreography will be taught, come prepared to work, sweat and dance!

Partners

This event is produced and presented by Mandoline Hybride in collaboration with the Maison de la culture de Sainte-Anne-des-Monts.

Curator & MC
Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep

Artists
Nubian Néné
Tash Jean-Bart
DJ Monsieur Nokturn

Partners
Conseil des arts du Canada
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
CLD de la Haute-Gaspésie
Animation Jeunesse Haute-Gaspésie
MRC de La Haute-Gaspésie
Ville de Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

This project was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Gouvernement du Québec as well as the CLD and the MRC de La Haute-Gaspésie under the Entente en développement culturel.