DUETS
MAY 2021

We recently wrapped “DUETS” where we paired 10 different and unique artists with small audiences to explore 'how we mix'. From Flamenco to hip hop to Opera, the Balkan trumpet, Slam Poetry and more, watch as two artists "mix" and "mash-up" their styles after meeting just a few hours prior!

As part of Jamii’s 2021 season titled LOOKS LIKE US, we continue exploring one of the foundational values of the Esplanade neighbourhood: the concept of “mix” - as written in the City of Toronto site-plan for our beloved neighbourhood.

Even though it is now considered normal to celebrate each other’s cultural heritage, do we actually celebrate intercultural mixing, and if so, how? Can we bring our cultures together while retaining our cultural traditions, sense of identity and uniqueness? Our hope is that “DUETS" will continue engaging artists and audiences with questions around representation and belonging, and ignite conversations. Welcome to the journey.

 

“DUETS” 

Concept by Isorine Marc

Produced and presented by Jamii

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts

In partnership with Canadian Stage

GUEST ARTISTS: Waleed Abdulhamid, Heidi Strauss, Atri Nundy, Michael Louis Johnson, Mahlikah Awe:ri, Teiya Kasahara, Meryem Alaoui, Edz, Aline Morales, Carmen Romero.

Videography/Editing: Ana Maria Higuera and Alejandra Higuera

Stage manager/Sound by Amye Sagar

Jamii Team is Mira Ghabiel, Jasmin Linton, Isorine Marc, DeeAnn Sagar

 

Filmed in the Esplanade neighbourhood, Toronto - May/June 2021

“DUETS - No. 1” 

Co-created and co-directed by Ana Maria Higuera,Teiya Kasahara, Isorine Marc, Heidi Strauss

Performed by Teiya Kasahara, Heidi Strauss

Music by Teiya Kasahara

Choreography by Heidi Strauss

Filmed by Ana Maria Higuera

Stage manager/Sound by Amye Sagar

Edited by Alejandra Higuera, Ana Maria Higuera

“DUETS - No. 2”

Co-created and co-directed by Waleed Abdulhamid, Ana Maria Higuera, Atri Nundy, Isorine Marc

Performed by Waleed Abdulhamid, Atri Nundy

Music by Waleed Abdulhamid

Choreography by Atri Nundy

Filmed by Ana Maria Higuera

Stage manager/Sound by Amye Sagar

Edited by Alejandra Higuera, Ana Maria Higuera

“DUETS - No. 3”

Co-created and co-directed by Michael Louis Johnson, Ana Maria Higuera, Isorine Marc, Carmen Romero

Performed by Michael Louis Johnson, Carmen Romero

Music by Michael Louis Johnson

Choreography by Carmen Romero

Filmed by Ana Maria Higuera

Stage manager/Sound by Amye Sagar

Edited by Alejandra Higuera, Ana Maria Higuera

Supported by Rama Gaming House

“DUETS - No. 4”

Co-created and co-directed by Alejandra Higuera, Waleed Abdulhamid, Isorine Marc, Heidi Strauss

Performed by Waleed Abdulhamid & Heidi Strauss

Music by Waleed Abdulhamid

Choreography by Heidi Strauss

Filmed by Alejandra Higuera

Stage manager/Sound by Amye Sagar

Edited by Alejandra Higuera & Ana Maria Higuera

“DUETS - No. 5”

Co-created and co-directed by Alejandra Higuera, Meryem Alaoui, Isorine Marc, Aline Morales

Performed by Meryem Alaoui & Aline Morales

Music & Vocals by Aline Morales

Choreography by Meryem Alaoui Filmed by Alejandra Higuera

Stage manager/Sound by Amye Sagar

Edited by Alejandra Higuera & Ana Maria Higuera

“DUETS - No. 6”

Co-created and co-directed by Alejandra Higuera, Mahlikah Awe:ri, Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw, Isorine Marc, Carmen Romero

Performed by Mahlikah Awe:ri, Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw & Carmen Romero

Songs and slam poetry by Mahlikah Awe:ri, Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw

Choreography by Carmen Romero Filmed by Alejandra Higuera

Stage manager/Sound by Amye Sagar

Edited by Alejandra Higuera & Ana Maria Higuera

Supported by Rama Gaming House

“DUETS - No. 7”

Co-created and co-directed by Alejandra Higuera, Atri Nundy, Isorine Marc, Michael Louis Johnson

Performed by Atri Nundy & Michael Louis Johnson

Music performed by Michael Louis Johnson

Choreography by Atri Nundy

Filmed by Alejandra Higuera

Stage manager/Sound by Amye Sagar

Edited by Alejandra Higuera & Ana Maria Higuera

“DUETS - No. 8”

Co-created and co-directed by Ana Maria Higuera, Edz Gyamfi , Isorine Marc, Aline Morales

Performed by Edz Gyamfi & Aline Morales

Music & Vocals by Aline Morales

Choreography by Edz Gyamfi Filmed by Ana Maria Higuera

Stage manager/Sound by Amye Sagar

Edited by Alejandra Higuera & Ana Maria Higuera

“DUETS - No. 9”

Co-created and co-directed by Alejandra Higuera, Mahlikah Awe:ri, Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw, Isorine Marc, Meryem Alaoui

Performed by Mahlikah Awe:ri, Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw & Meryem Alaoui

Words & Vocals by Mahlikah Awe:ri, Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw

Choreography by Meryem Alaoui

Filmed by Alejandra Higuera

Stage manager/Sound by Amye Sagar

Edited by Alejandra Higuera & Ana Maria Higuera

“DUETS - No. 10”

Co-created and co-directed by Alejandra Higuera, Waleed Abdulhamid, Isorine Marc, Heidi Strauss

Performed by Waleed Abdulhamid & Heidi Strauss

Music by Waleed Abdulhamid

Choreography by Heidi Strauss

Filmed by Alejandra Higuera

Stage manager/Sound by Amye Sagar

Edited by Alejandra Higuera & Ana Maria Higuera

Photos: Isorine Marc