“Sugar and Spice and everything nice ...That’s what little girls are made of.”
In North America we live in a world where gender equality is widely acknowledged and practiced. We strive to raise our daughters to be individuals, to fights for their rights, love themselves and let their individuality blossom. I find it very refreshing when popular media promotes healthy female protagonists that empowers women and girls everywhere.
I present below four family activities currently running in Montreal (theater, exhibition, dance and cinema) that pay tribute to strong female characters.
The Secret Annex
by ALIX SOBLER
Directed By MARCIA KASH
Playing at the Segal Center for Performing Arts January 31st to February 21st, 2016
Anne Frank, The iconic teenage writer who went into hiding during the Holocaust while penning her most private thoughts and war experience into her famous Diary. Millions identified with her as she was imaginative, competitive, smart and intuitive. Her writing had a unique journalistic style that quietly observed the changing world around her. Best of all, Anne remains optimistic even in the face of adversity and was never afraid to speak her mind on paper or stand up for herself. She also taught me the beauty of keeping a diary.
Her story is all the more poignant as most readers have foreknowledge of the tragic conclusion of this young girl's life and the other horrors of the Holocaust.
The Secret Annex
The play proposes an original, imaginary historical future in which Anne Frank and her family survived the camps and the war. What would life have had in store for them?
The Secret Annex is a daringly imaginative tale that spins off on the idea: What if Anne Frank survived the war?
Playwrite Alix Sobler gives us a fascinating play that brings Anne Frank to life and portrays her as a feisty adult who is not only a survivor of the Holocaust, but is also a keeper of memory in strong pursuit of her dreams to become a published writer... If only the publishing house would actually accept her manuscript!
The play is a very stirring homage to the victims of WWII whose lives were shaken or stolen from them. We are reminded that there will always be stories that will never be heard, but they are unique and precious in their own way.
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New Exhibition: Barbie Expo
Curated by Gilanna Giobbi
On permanent display at Les Cours Mont Royal
Official public opening : February 11st, 2016
She is one of the Western’s world most popular role model for little girls: From fashion icon to career woman by excellence, Barbie has become an internationally beloved icon in any media. On February 11th 2016, the largest permanent, haute couture Barbie exposition in the world will be coming to Les Cours Mont-Royal in Montreal.
Featuring over 700 Barbie’s on display over 5000 square feet, this exhibit will showcase Barbie dressed in some of the world’s most elite designers unique pieces. From Givenchy, Dior, Versace and even Montreal’s own Bob Mackie, sophisticated fashionistas and connoisseurs will be delighted to share the magic of fashion with their friends and family!
Genevieve PM Roy & Monica Wong
The dolls, several of them being unique, have been curated from international collectors. Some were purchased, while others were donated by collectors impressed with the museum’s donations-only philosophy.
The exhibit will be open year round during store hours and entrance is by donation with funds going towards the Make a Wish foundation.
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New Dance Creation: Fragmented Minds
Choreographed by Czech choreographer Eva Kolarova, videographer Nasuna Stuart-Ulin and composer Karl Turpin
Official public opening:
February 12th and 13th, 2016 at 8 pm. Cinquième salle, Place des Arts
In Fragmented Minds, Czech choreographer and ex-principal dancer of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Eva Kolarova presents her frenzied 21st century contemporary piece at La Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts.
As part of her work with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Eva Kolarova has been showcasing her talent as a performer and choreographer by producing independent projects including Metamorphosis of Love, Cycle and Cycle Phase II that also dealt with similar themes of emotional turmoil.
Eva is an excellent model of perseverance, determination and hard work: Since leaving the company last year, she pursues her choreographic work further in Europe while remaining in Montreal.
Her first feature piece, Fragmented Minds is a moving tale that explores the fine line between reality and illusion by following the life of a young man, Lester Tremblay that ebbs between bouts of sanity and insanity. Though the symbiosis of dance, music, and projection, audience delves into his chaotic world and at the end are left to ponder about their own take on reality.
Jérémy Galdeano, first soloist of Les Grands Ballets and his former colleague, Emilie Durville head the cast of 18 dancers. Nasuna Stuart-Ulin’s mesmerizing video projections heighten the overall chaotic nature of the piece.
For more information on
• Choreographer: Eva Kolarova ( www.evakolarova.com )
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The Little Prince
Cinema: The Little Prince
In Theaters everywhere in Quebec:
February 12th, 2016
Seville Pictures invites you to rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time: The Little Prince.
It is widely believed that Saint-Exupéry wrote the original novel as a children’s book for grown-ups. It can be read on many different levels to provide pleasure and food for thought for readers of all ages.
At the heart of the latest film is the adorable character of The Little Girl, whose mother is adamantly trying to prepare her for the rituals of the very grown-up world in which they live -- only for her education to be interrupted by her kindhearted but eccentric neighbor, The Aviator.
The Little Prince
The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince.
The film is a magical journey with stunning 3D visuals that enhances The Little Girl's magical and quite emotional journey into the universe of The Little Prince.
Young and old audience can revisit their childhood and learn the valuable lesson that dictates that in the end, it's human connections that are most valuable and that it is only with one’s heart that one can see rightly; what is essentially invisible to the eye.