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Sani-Abu - Founder, Executive/Artistic Director

Born into a family of traditional dancers, Sani-Abu began performing and touring at the age of 15 with Benin City's Uyi-Edo Dance Theater Troupe. He spent the past seven years in New Jersey and New York performing, teaching and collaborating with top leading dance companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, The Seventh Principle, Michael Mao Dance Company, The Brighton Ballet Theater in collaboration with the Moscow Ballet, Zawadi African Dance Company and Sankofa Dance Theater to name a few. 



In addition, he has also worked with John Hopkins University in Baltimore, and was a resident artist and educator at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Sani has toured extensively in both Europe and Africa, and has been trained by some of the top dancers and instructors such as Aghabiomon Nogie Ogbeiwi (Uyi-Edo Cultural Troupe), Youssouf Koumbassa (Les Ballet Bagata), Muyiwa Oshinaike a.k.a Babanee (Black Marbles), Felix Okolo (Dance Heritage), Chuck Mike, Candace Hundley-Kamate (Seventh Principle) and Karen Miles (Zawadi Dance). In addition, he has appeared in various television programs, films, music videos, and has been featured on CNN, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Lagos State Television (LTV), and 98.7 Kiss FM (New York). In April 2005, Sani moved to Toronto to start ijo vudu! A traditional African dance company and Sani-Abu School for African and Contemporary Dance and in no time found a well-spring of artists bursting with enthusiasm to study and perform with him. He obtains an Artist-Educator Foundation Certificate through the Ontario Act Council and the Royal Conservatory of Music. With inspired guidance, Sani is swiftly schooling his performers in the traditional drum rhythms, social dances and cultural history of his native Country Nigeria. Since his arrival, he has been actively teaching and performing, and has quickly become a highly sought after artist in the city. In October 22, 2008, he was called with other professional dance choreographers to choreograph a 1 minute 20 seconds dance piece for the hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance Canada!. In 2008, Sani was also appointed by the Nigeria High Commissioner to Canada Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher, PhD.D, OON to engage a cultural exchange between Nigeria and Canada. Since his inception in Canada, he established his clothing line called “KaBAH-KaBAHS”, Sani-Abu School for African and Contemporary Movement, Vudu Media and ijovudu Culture and Heritage. He has performed and share the stage with notable top African icons such as Salif Keita, Youssouf N'dior, Baba Mal, Toby Foye, Billy Nnankoma Konate and Baba Toure all at the TD Canada Jazz Festivals. Both in 2009/2010, he was called to open up for the Broadway musical The Lion King and was part of the original cast of FELA.

TIDF 2016 - PERFORMERS

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Ariane Terveld

Ariane began her musical journey at 7 with the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus and training at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, where she continued for 14 years. She studied at University of Toronto, Faculty of Music. She has performed as a singer/songwriter in theatres and clubs in Southern Ontario with a wide range of artists including Salome Bey, Liberty Silver and composer Ricky Hyslop at CBC Radio. For the last 10 years, she has studied a variety of traditional and folk dances including Odissi Temple Dance, Kalbelia Dance, Middle Eastern & Central Asian Folkdance and American Tribal Style Bellydance. Most recently, Ariane spent January 2016 at the Shakti School of Dance in Pushkar, India, training in Odissi with Sudhansu Pohana and Kalbelia with Raki Kalbelia. She has studied with Paromita Kar, Colleena Shakti, Simona Jovic, Miriam Perez, Nourhan Sharif, Faten Salama, Sahra Saeeda, Lubna Eman, Aida Nour and Aisha Ali. Ariane is a founding member of Troupe Obskurah, a folk music/dance collective that performs and educates audiences on Middle Eastern, Turkish, Central & South Asian dance and music. She is passionate about preserving and performing the history of music and dance of these regions. She is active in organizing shows that spotlight lesser known folkdances and indigenous peoples, such as The Roma Dance Celebration, in 2015, which included dances from the Yazidi, Tajik, Kalbelia, Afghani and Rom cultures.

 

(Introduction to Kalbelia dance performed by Ariane Terveld)

As the sun dips to the horizon and the incense from distant temples rises in sacred offering, the nomadic kalbelia people build their fires to warm them through the cool desert night. An assortment of horses, camels, goats and dogs settle in beside the rough twig and tarp shelters. Babies in hammock cribs sleep soundly as chapattis are slapped onto cooking pans. Soon these people of the snake will gather together to drum, sing and dance amid the sand hills and thorny scrub of Thar desert in northwestern Rajasthan. They are a quietly proud people, living on the fringes of society. Snake charming and snake catching is their main livelihood and their dance reflects the sensuous and wild movements of the revered cobra. The beat of the dholak and the reedy melody of the been carry out across the night, the distinctive ancient sound of the kalbelia. As the stars appear overhead, the twinkles of brightly decorated dancers twirling beside the fire seem almost to touch the sky creating a connection with the universe.


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