Blues Bump - June 9th, 2017

Blues Theatre Show. The Royal Pickles. Blues Competition.

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Show

Back To The Crossroads

A collection of dance performances inspired by the beauty, history, and humanities of blues dance culture and music.

“Back to the Crossroads” is a full dance show showcasing the history and transformation of one of the most important musical influences in our world today – the Blues.

While the Blues started as a product of toil and strife, it’s also about the beauty of a community coming together and overcoming whatever hardship or trouble life has thrown at them.

“Back to the Crossroads”, through a collection of dance works, pays homage to the idea that the Blues, no matter how hard and personal, was meant to be shared and told to an audience. Within the intersection of despair and hope, love gained and love lost, fortuitous times and bad luck, join us in our journey through the story of the Blues.

Created in partnership with choreographer Randy Panté, performers from the “Hip Thrust to Victory” dance company, musicians The Royal Pickles, international blues dance instructor Joy Arico, and costume designer Ariane Proteau.

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Program

SHOW PROGRAM

 

Master of Ceremonies:

 

Aimee Mannella

 

======= 20h30 Start of the Show =======

 

1. WALKING BLUES

2. ROLLIN’ & TUMBLIN’
ft. Randy Panté
3. ALI FARKA
4. GOT THE BLUES SO BAD
5. THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE
ft. Élyse De La Croizetière
6. GIMME A PIGFOOT (AND A BOTTLE OF BEER)
ft. Sarah-Maude Dumont
7. TRIBUTE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY
8. HOUND DOG
ft. Ariane Proteau
9. EVIL IS GOING ON
ft. Gabrielle Couture Lecavalier

— intermission —

10. BARRELHOUSE BLUES
Original choreography by Katherine Dunham.
11. THE BLACK BOTTOM
Original choreography by Mike Faltesek
12. EGYPTIAN FANTASY
ft. Melisande Leduc
13. LOST YOUR HEAD BLUES
14. MY DADDY ROCKS ME (WITH ONE STEADY ROLL)
ft. “Ze Squids”
15. MO’ BETTER BLUES
16. FINALE

 

======= 21h50 Show Ends =======

Cast and Crew

DANCERS

 

Principal Choreographer:

 

Randy Panté

 

Dancers:

 

Alex Parker
Ariane Proteau
Élyse De La Croizetière
Gabrielle Couture LeCavalier
Gabrielle Kern
Jade R.Ménard
Karine St-Germain Blais
Mélisande Leduc
Sarah-Maude Dumont
Randy Panté
Ricardo Lima

 

Supported By:

 

Joy Arico + Friends
Swing Connexion Blues Dancers

Venue

THEATRE PLAZA

6505, rue Saint-Hubert, Montréal, Québec H2S 2M5

The Théâtre Plaza is a theater that appeared in Montréal in 2003. Formerly a cinema built in 1922, it has preserved a superb original decoration which gives the events held there a unique atmosphere. Its characteristics as a versatile and dynamic theater has made the Théâtre Plaza an ideal venue for the Québec artistic community.

The Royal Pickles!

Dance

A New-Orleans themed blues dance!

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While the demand for swing music has only increased in recent years, with the revival of traditional jazz culture and the rise in popularity of lindy hop and swing dances in schools and on the street, The Royal Pickles have certainly answered the call.

Led by Louis, charismatic vocalist and banjoist whose scenic presence and sense of style attract the eye as well as the ear. Thus, playing a few standards between Louis’ original compositions, the pickles took over the swing scene of Montreal and knew how to dance the masses.

In 2013, the first form of a variant band began to be organized, playing in dance schools but also in the streets of Montreal, which brought musicians a new sense of closeness and exchange with their audience, Dimension that they perpetuate with pride throughout their advance.

Louis and The Royal Pickles is the current sound of Montreal. Starting from an American musical base, attached primarily to New Orleans and the history of swing, but with a strong influence of French song, even if only through the bilingualism of the repertoire.

Thus, after having found a great success in the streets and the rooms of Montreal, the group seeks to extend its horizons and open to the rest of the world, anxious to share the Montreal, French, American culture that brings them together , Under the sign of the swing that is honored every night as the Royal Pickles catch their instruments.

With a good heart, Louis sums it up by announcing: “We are here to have fun and people have fun. “

Schedule

22h00 – The Royal Pickles. Social Dance Competition prelims.

22h45 – DJ’d music.

23h30 – The Royal Pickles.

0h15 – DJ’d music.

0h30 – The Royal Pickles. Social Dance Competition Finals.

2h00 – End of the dance.

Comp!

Comp

A blues social dance competition with an updated format.

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For the first edition of Blues Bump, we will be bringing back our Social Dance Competition competition closer to its intended roots – fun, creativity, musicality, and general great dancing. 

Details

Our social blues competition is going a bit different from the usual Social Dance Competition competitions in Montréal. As a competitor, you’ll be dancing with everyone at the dance, and you won’t know necessarily who will be the judges.

“Judges” will be a mixture of dance instructors, non-competitor dancers, and your peers.

You’ll be judged on your ability to social dance with dancers of varying skill levels, your blues aesthetic, quality of movement, musicality, and partnering.

The entire prelims will be from 22h – 22h45 on the social dance floor Friday night; Finals will be at 0h30 to live music (Royal Pickles).

What is a Social Dance Competition? It is a format of competition in partner dancing, where the competing couples are the result of random matching of leaders and followers. Social Dance Competition competitions are intended to test social dance skills, whereas fixed partner competitions test performance dance skills. Many regard the Social Dance Competition as the best form of competition because it’s so highly dependent upon the skill of the individual dancers as opposed to couples competing with choreographed routines. Also, the unpredictability makes for good fun such as people sep­arated [dance experience] com­pet­ing together or people of widely varied physical types and all sorts of fun combinations.