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Unity in Diversity: Practising Asian Canadian Art within Western Context

21 May 2019 | 7:00 p.m. | Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto

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Asian Heritage Month Concert and Art Showcase of Asian Canadian Artists

Keynote Address and Performance: Chan Ka Nin, composer of ‘Iron Road’
MC: Vania Chan
Welcome: Mr. Justin Poy, Honourary Patron, Asian Heritage Month-CFACI; Professor Leslie Sanders, York University, co-lead of the Asian Canadian Artists in the Digital Age Project

Leslie Sanders, York University

I. Chinese Music
1. Yi Dance Improvisation (Ethnic folk music)
Wen Zhao, Pipa, Yi Wang, Xun

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Wen Zhao
Yi Wang

2. Farewell to Yangguan (Chinese court music)
Yi Wang, Xun, Di Zhang, Yangqin

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Di Zhang

3. Crazy Dragon Dance (Northern China Folk music)
Wen Zhao, Pipa; Di Zhang, Yangqin; Yi Wang, Sheng

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II. Chinese Folk songs+
1. “Give me a Rose,” Chinese folk song
2. Youth Dance

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3. Ocean Child Requiem by Alice Ho
Vania Chan, Soprano, Alice Ho, Piano

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Alice Ho
Vania Chan

III. Japanese Dance
1. Nagauta Omatsuri (The festival)
Sensui Kozakura, dancer

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Sensui Kozajura

2. Boukyo Jyonkara
Sumamiwa Kozakura, dancer

Sumamiwa Kozakura

Speech by Ms. Emily Mo, Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office

IV. Award-Winning Asian Canadian Artists with Roots from Hong Kong
An excerpt from Violin Concerto in E major by J. S. Bach
Chan Ka Nin, guitar; Alice Ho, piano
with photographic images by Stephen Siu and Tam Kam Chiu

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Alice Ho and Chan Ka Nin
Vania Chan

V. Song 

Yeh-Pan Yüeh (Nocturne) by Chan Ka Nin
Chinese poem by Liu Yong (1034 AD)
Vania Chan, Soprano

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Bharathanatyam—Expression Beyond Words

VI. “Bharathanatyam – Expression Beyond Words” | Indian Classical Dance
Karthiha Parthiban MFA, Artistic Director and Dance Instructor
Thakshikah Sritharan, Senior Artist, Performer
Myuran Thananjeyan, Vocalist
Keethan Vivek, Mridangam Player
Rampragash Saravanabavan, Violinist

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Expressive movements conveying a variety of meaning and showing emotions through many unique hand gestures, postures and facial expressions.
Bharathantaym’s most powerful feature is its ability to express meaning and emotion, and to transmit a visual experience to the audience. This is a profound subject of which we’ll just touch the surface, by looking at two of its aspects. One is the art of Abhinaya, and the other is the blending of music and dance to express more than either could alone. We will be portraying the major components of Bharatanatyam which include Nirutha (pure movements), Niruthyam (facial expressions with movements), and Natyam (drama), with the accompaniment of live orchestra.

All photographs by Tam Kam Chiu, Grand Master of the Photographic Society of America, CCPST

Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University; Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library; York Centre for Asian Research, York University; Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; Social Services Network

Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and supported by Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto

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