Bon Débarras takes you on a whirlwind musical journey through various communities from which they have drawn their inspiration, including Québec, Acadia and Louisiana. Feet stomping, hand clapping, leg slapping and full-on singing are to be expected from both performers and the audience alike. Presented in schools and various children’s festivals throughout Canada and France, this show, with its songs, tales, lilting and called dances, will not fail to move you and give you a spring in your step.
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"They are truly one of the best groups I’ve ever worked with on school outreach. Their program was really well crafted and got the kids up and participating and learning in ways that I’ve rarely seen performers pull off." - Kristine Bretall - Sun Valley Center for the Arts
Bon Débarras were awesome!!! It was entertaining, educational and fascinating. Most adults were on their feet giving it a try.
- Sue Judge, Coldsnap Festival, British Colombia
The ‘Veillée de danse’ (an informal evening dance party in the folk tradition), was included in 2015 in the official Registre du patrimoine culturel du Québec where it is described as follows: ‘A veillée is a festive gathering based on the collective practice of folk dance, mainly the square dance, contra dance and the quadrille. There is usually a caller, who directs the dancers in the movements of the dance. He or she collaborates with the musicians, weaving the music for the evening from the traditional Quebec folk repertoire. A veillée is a party that combines different forms of artistic expression with social practices. It is participative: experienced and new dancers come together in a spirit of community and conviviality.’
Along with the caller Yaëlle Azoulay, Bon Débarras will provide the entertainment for your own evening dance party, preserving and perpetuating this precious oral tradition, by word of mouth and right down to your dancing shoes! They will draw the evening pieces from the Quebec traditional folk music as well as songs from their own repertoire, working with Yaëlle to find the right music to fit with the dance, to the delight of the dancers. Everyone, take your places for a set!
Born in Quebec, with a Moroccan-French background, Yaëlle Azoulay is a professional dancer/choreographer specialized in Quebecois traditional dancing and percussive dance (jig). She started dancing with Pieds Légers de Laval and Reel et Macadam folk ensembles. She then joined the professional dance group [ZØGMA] where she's been dancing since 2003 and travelling in Canada, the U.S., Africa and Asia. Despite her young age, she has been teaching stepdancing and calling social dances for the past 13 years all over Quebec and the U.S., which has given her a recognition as one of the best in her field on the Quebec scene.