If dancers interpret the circumstances of their lives into movement, then Roger Sinha brings a range of cultures with him to the stage every time he performs. Born in London to an Armenian mother and Indian father, Sinha arrived in Saskatchewan at the age of eight. From there,...
Film and TelevisionAlbert Nerenberg
Filmmaker Albert Nerenberg has pioneered some offbeat art forms. He has shot fictional characters in real-life situations, making “truvies,” and founded a company that produced dozens of fictional movie trailers. His comic documentaries include Stupidity, ...
A long-time professor of contemporary dance at Concordia University, since 1979 Elizabeth Langley has become synonymous with the fabric of the many aspiring, young dancers who pass through her studio every year. Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1933, she got her start as many ...
Internationally acclaimed modern dance artist Margie Gillis has been creating original works for over thirty-five years. Born in Montreal to a family of accomplished athletes, Gillis began taking ballet and gymnastics lessons at the age of three. In 1981, she founded the Margi...
The vision behind ELAN’s Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles ! project was simple: Artists need to be part of a community, and communities need artists. Quebec is not simple. It is a complex mix of linguistic, geographic and cultural communities. Most of Quebec’s “English-speaking” artists are bilingual, trilingual or multilingual. Many were born in Quebec where their families have lived for generations, while others immigrated here as children or were drawn as adults for a wide variety of reasons. RAEV reveals a surprising diversity of stories.
Peers and fans proposed more than 1,700 artists for ELAN's RAEV project. The 154 artists selected for this “group portrait” represent multiple artistic disciplines, regions and career stages: from internationally renowned icons to emerging artists creating a buzz in the local scene. These short bios are a snapshot of a much larger artistic community.*
The videoclips show 24 artists at work and ask questions about what it means to be part of a minority community that is also connected to an international linguistic majority. Being a minority/majority within a majority/minority creates unpredictable identities.
These essays place the current artistic renaissance in a historical context, outlining major characters, events and previously undocumented stories. The interactive format invites readers to enrich the content by adding their own anecdotes and personal memories.
*Note: The RAEV project features living artists but in the future we will be adding a section to honour the memory of artists from past generations.