Ballet, Jazz and African Dance Fused Into a Prayer for Hope

Côte Saint-Luc, November 24, 2010 –  Sisi, a contemporary dance performance, will be presented on Thursday, December 2 at 6:30p.m. at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Dancer and choreographer Gibson Miruva, from the National Ballet of Zimbabwe, fuses the rich physicality of the African Dance tradition with ballet, jazz and con¬temporary dance in his choreography of Sisi. Sweeping upper body movements and graceful footwork are key elements to the performance. The overall effect is a performance that is as grounded as it is uplifting.  

Sisi (‘sister’ in the Shona language of Zimbabwe and Zambia) is a prayer for hope and solidarity. Told through the eyes of one man, we follow his journey, as he shares with us the story of his four sisters, confined by their gender, culture, and the HIV epidemic that afflicts Zimbabwe. Dancer Heather Mah will be giv¬ing an introductory talk before the performance for the audience.

Sisi promises to be a compelling evening of storytelling through the art of dance. Assistant Library Director, Janine West welcomes this presentation of Sisi to the library: “This is a rare opportunity to witness a truly beautiful and unique dance performance. It is not often that the library hosts performing arts events in dance so I strongly encourage everyone to attend.”

Presented in partnership with Le Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée and The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, Sisi is a production of MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels).

Tickets bought ahead of time are $4 and are available at the main circulation desk of the library. The cost is $6 on the day of the event.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or

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