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Vazzy

Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English, French

The two engaging musicians share the music, songs, rimes, dances and living traditions of Acadia, Quebec, France and Canada with audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Suzanne grew up in New Brunswick in one of the last large Acadian families, where her love of music, the arts and cultural traditions first developed. Vazzy offers exciting performance projects and hands-on participatory workshops that empower student, broaden their appreciation for cultural diversity and foster greater understanding of the links uniting us all. Bryn accompanies all workshops with fiddle and mandolin.


Reviews

I loved the music and all the instruments you played during the show. It makes me feel like playing mine more! Grade 6 student, Larson Elementary
Our 5-day residency project with 9 French-Immersion and CORE classes went extremely well, all students were thoroughly engaged. Each class had a different song and dance. Two of the classes had presentations that were really funny, depicting French folk tales, complete with costumes and props. Having live music on cue was wonderful for coordinating the dance steps and practicing seamlessly. The project culminated with a presentation for the whole school and parents that lasted 1 ½ hours. Suzanne was amazing; I don't know how she does it! The most rewarding part of the project was seeing how much the students learned in such a short time. They experienced a French culture that was fun and funny. I was very happy to have organized this event. Christine Marin, Vice-principal, École Mitchell Elementary
It was great to see the enthusiasm with which the participants and the artists connected, the fantastic variety presented to the students and the audience during the performance at the end of the residency. Classes continue to chat about their experiences. We are incorporating at least two of the songs and dances into our spring concert. Here are a couple of comments: "I can't believe how much the students retained over just three workshops" Teacher, "We had so much fun!" Students Lynn Fleck, Principal, St-Joseph Elementary

Performances & Workshops

Folk, Social and Community Dances from Canada and French-Canada

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 1 -10 days (4-6 workshops per day)
Capacity: 120 - 180 students per day, 4 or 6 workshops in classroom groups of 20 - 30 students per workshop
Tech Requirements: Clean open space free of furniture, set-up and take down 30-45 min
Fee Range: $900 - $1,100 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$865.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$915.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$965.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$965.00
Vancouver Island North
$965.00
Interior
$965.00
North
$965.00
Kootenays
$965.00

Accompanied with live fiddle music, our high-energy and at times hilarious dance workshops get your students dancing and loving it! From square and barn type dances, to contras, circle, quadrilles, polkas and waltzes. Students discover social dancing as a fun healthy lifestyle and community oriented activity. We leave dance audio files with the school so everyone can keep on dancing after our visit. French, English or bilingual instruction, and support material. Learn more from our "Workshops and Residency Guide".

Traditional Arts from French Canada Workshops

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 1 -10 days (4-6 workshops per day)
Capacity: 120 - 180 students per day, 4 or 6 workshops in classroom groups of 20 - 30 students per workshop
Tech Requirements: Clean open space free of furniture, set-up and take down 30-45 min
Fee Range: $900 - $1,100 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$865.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$915.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$965.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$965.00
Vancouver Island North
$965.00
Interior
$965.00
North
$965.00
Kootenays
$965.00

For students of all ages and programs: fun and engaging hands-on workshops introducing various art forms connected to French Canadian living traditions. Themes explored during workshops may include songs, rounds, rhymes and simple dances (K-4), spoon playing and foot percussion (4-12), folk and social dance (K-12), traditional songs of French-Canada (4-12). From one-day events with 4-6 workshops, to multi-day residencies customized to your learning objectives. Residencies may culminate with an assembly performance by your students. View our "Workshops and Residency Guide".

Vazzy in New-France / Vazzy en Nouvelle-France

Grade Suitability: K -12
Duration: 50 - 60 mins.
Capacity: 600 students
Tech Requirements: Electrical outlets, clean stage area, Set up: 75 min / take down: 45 min
Fee Range: $685 - $985 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$650.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$700.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$850.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$850.00
Vancouver Island North
$850.00
Interior
$850.00
North
$850.00
Kootenays
$850.00

A lively and informative theatrical period performance, exploring traditional French-Canadian songs and music with anecdotes about life in New France, the early days of Canada and musical instruments of the period: fiddle, renaissance guitar, spoons, foot percussion, lute, doumbek, frame drum, jaws harp, mandolin, tambourine and bagpipes. Students participate in singing, spoon playing, dancing, improvisation, French language interactions. They are encouraged to explore their own cultural backgrounds. Adaptations for elementary, intermediate or secondary audiences. French or English narration.

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