At the stage, enjoy immersive art installation, performers and music from young emerging artists. An eclectic program that will include daytime performances before switching to a more festive atmosphere in the evening with live bands, DJ sets and dancers.
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Lover of all kinds of music, Monku enriches his discotheque with his multiple ethnic influences. After having scattered Egypt, India, Asia Pacific, and the underbelly of the Parisian scene, Monku offers us an eclectic selection ranging from world music, disco, funk to techno sprinkled with acid.
Melissa James is a singer, songwriter and artist who sees her voice and her music as her calling to help humanity. Whether she is performing or leading others in song, she uses music as her pathway into other people’s hearts. In 2016, she created SING4SANE – a Big Sing and mental health project which brought together members of the public to stand and sing alongside her, recording her song Live Again at a London studio. This SING4SANE project has led to Big Sings being held at Festivals and in British parliament. Live Again is also used as the soundtrack to Darkness into Light which fundraises to help those affected by suicide.
Live Again on YouTube
Photo credit: Tatiana Gorilovsky
The installation Tree of Lives by artists Marina Bernardi @checkpat and Yoanna Bochowski @yoannabochowski seeks to think about connection through words. In the form of a participatory work, a hundred people wrote their own gratitudes and wishes for the future on fabric beforehand. The words written in the Tree of Lives are superimposed on each other, they come together and become almost illegible, but they continue to exist as a common prayer, in unison.
Its structure is composed of transparent fabric drapes, hardened with natural glue, which will take the form of a network of interconnected branches and invade the architectural structure of the Barracks. The installation will come alive during the festival with a sound and light installation.
Composer and singer Lucie Cure @lucie_cure_ accompanies the installation with an auditory setting of sound textures in which she incorporates her poem “Second Breath” linking it to the following poems:
“On the wave and the sky” by Marina Bernardi @checkpat
“Evolution” by Vincent Żuławski @veryzoo
“Eden” by Yoanna Bochowski @yoannabochowski
Casa93, a new kind of free and committed fashion training course, free of charge and without any diploma requirements, for young creative people with atypical profiles, trained to rethink the fashion of tomorrow in a more human, supportive, transparent and responsible way. The training is accessible to all young talents from 18 to 25 years old, including young people with disabilities who are able to use sewing equipment.
Gabe Stone Shayer was born in Philadelphia, PA and started dancing at the age of 3. At 16 he became the first African American male to graduate from the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy before joining the American Ballet Theatre where he is now a Soloist. Gabe most recently appeared in Forbes Magazine, and talked about using his classical ballet background mixed with music and fashion to forge a new path in pop culture!
Specialist in Old Way Voguing, Marion aka Tiger Saint Laurent is the French representative of House Of Saint Laurent, European Chapter based in Berlin. She has been part of the Mona team since 2012 and takes care of the organization of Dance Classes and Contests. She has been teaching Vogue Old Way for several years in Tours, France. The danceclass given during the Conscious Festival will include two workshops given by Tiger Saint Laurent and Madame B Mermaid, we will retrace the history of this dance and its evolutions, as well as the associated music.
Photo ©David Volants
Nicolas Nelson aka Madame B. specialist in Voguing Fem and Member of the only 100% French Voguing House The Paris Xclusive House Of LaDurée, he also founded the Kiki House Of Mermaid. You might have also discovered him on stage as one of the dancers touring with Kiddy Smile. The danceclass given during the Conscious Festival will include two workshops given by Tiger Saint Laurent and Madame B La Durée, we will retrace the history of this dance and its evolutions, as well as the associated music.
« Nos Reflets » is an interpretation of Vincent Zulawski’s poem by visual artist Yoanna Bochowski. She has imagined a scenography based on a man’s reflection in nature, his place in the eco-system in tension with the harmful imprint that it exerts, through the play of mirrors, mythologies and echoes of History. This poem comes to life thanks to the musical interpretation and live performance of lyric singer and songwriter Lucie Cure, who sets up an auditory backdrop of sound textures. Lucie will wear a costume made of weaves, bark, and semi-precious stones, surrounded by megaliths of mirrors, all in a mystical and captivating atmosphere.
Oliver Portal’s desire to play live, led “Playin’ 4 the City” to evolve from a solo project to electronic jam sessions with up to 8 musicians, before eventually steadying to a duo with Emma Lamadji or Slikk Tim. They performed in Paris in venues such as New Morning, Rex Club, Queen, and Elysée Montmartre before touring around Europe.
Led by singer Zoé Renié Harris, the band Zoe’s Shanghai has made a splash into the crowded neo-soul scene with their debut EP ‘A Mirage (Meant To Last Forever)’ 2019 – a deeply evocative sound and Zoe’s extraordinary voice gained them immediately the spotlight as ones to watch (“a worthy torchbearer for heady and hearty soul music”- Earmilk). The band will release its new album, ‘Lava Love’, at the end of August.
Photo ©Joaquim Bayle
Emerging from Paris, Tatyana Jane is a dj with a reputation on the rise (with regular appearances on Rinse France). Her influences are drawn just as much from deep house, Detroit house, hip-hop and trap, as from electronica. Her sets are an ode to vitality!
After years of residencies in the Parisian clubs, Nick V created the collective Mona back in 2008. His objective is simple: bring people together around house music, a genre born from a strong multicultural mix in the north-american clubs. The Mona danceclass at The Conscious Festival, will be a bridge between the original form of Voguing, the Old Way style and its currently most widespread form, Vogue Fem. This open class will includes two workshops given by Tiger Saint Laurent and Madame B Mermaid, we will retrace the history of this dance and its evolutions, as well as the associated music.
Photo ©David Volants
Created in 2018 by director Ladj Ly, joined in 2020 by actress Ludivine Sagnier, The Kourtrajmé school offers free training in film professions, through its “Cinema” and “Actor” sections. JR, a world-famous self-taught artist, is launching in January 2019 the first year of the ART & IMAGE section, to train a new generation of artists. For The Conscious Festival, fifteen multidisciplinary artists from the promotion 2021 will work on the theme: collective ambition. In groups or individually, they will take a look at the world of fashion and its socio-political issues.
Tassia studied art at La Sorbonne, and has always practiced different mediums, making her debut at a young age in her mother’s studio. Multidisciplinary artist Tassia also trained in contemporary dance at the conservatory and trained in hip-hop performing in multiple battles in Paris.She created her trans-disciplinary and eco-feminist collective, Bruit Parasite – with which she produced her first play “The noise of Silence” – she approaches rape and violence in the family circle with a sharp black humor. Tassia returns to her practice as a visual artist for the Conscious festival by creating a monumental upcycled installation from scrap fabrics collected at the Textillerie, the third place of sewing in the LA CASERNE district.
Multitasker fond of arts and of the ultra-vivid, Lea Dasenka has been Head of Communication and of Partnerships since 2018 for Le Generateur, a place for the arts and for performances. Former gymnast, Lea is today a dancer, a performer, a musician and before all an advocate of the multidisciplinary artistic creation. She has recently decided to invest herself into the practice of pole dance.
Isabelle Clarençon aka Mab’ish is a complete artist who loves creating different types of art.
Dancer, DJ, musician, youtuber, co-Head of the Beat X Changers music label and organizer of night events (Tap Water Jam / Salade Composée) Mab’ish has a strong relationship with music and dance and likes to mix them in her projects.
As a professional dancer, she has been working for several years with different dancing ballets (Compagnie Rualité (Indes Galantes Opéra de Paris), Hip Tap Project, Laura Scozzi, Farid Berki, …) and creates her own solo shows (HipHopaint, Reflets, Reflets_2 avec son personnage miroir « oπo » ).
For the Conscious Festival, she will be performing “Reflets_2” with her mirror head role called « oπo ».
Snake Ninja is a multidisciplinary artist: performer (body language, body emotion, body story, inclusive performances, trance, video clip), voguer, dancer (fashion events, festivals, choreography, concert), choreographer and model.
Through Olivier Yoan‘s images of liberated men and women, we’re invited to see humanity in a hopeful perspective. He finds his inspirations in the richness of the human landscape.
He is creating a world where men can embrace their vulnerability and see the beauty of interconnectedness, where women are empowered and free from unequal expectations. A world where humans know how to do things from the heart, not just the fear of punishment. A world with an abundance of connections, touch and natural pleasures.
Engaged in his idea to bring about a different world, he also likes to explore and acknowledge the present human condition, with the trust that there is a potential in each and every one for peace, kindness, integrity. Nature is one of the paths to reach it.
O’Soul is a group that gathers individualities that are different and powerful and have a diverse and wide range of dances.
The Waacking is a dance that originated from the gay African American community and that is danced in disco clubs in Los Angeles. This culture has deeply moved O’Soul as it transmits an energy of self love and freedom of speech.
Getting originally their inspirations from Hip Hop and contemporary and traditional african dances, they now perform on stage and in battles. They are today part of the Funky French league, a crew of intergenerational DJs, producers and musicians with whom they perform during the Funk Phénoména and organize workshops in France and abroad.
They are dancers who encourage self esteem, who transmit freedom of speech through the Waacking and their own dancing style. They advocate authenticity through their way of life and their actions. Coming from a different background, Samtwo, Mariana and Tine are complementary as they bring different influences and strong personalities.
With his many years of experience in the Mamie’ Crew, Dolce Vito has acquired an unstoppable technique. In search of futuristic sounds, he walks between soulful house and deep techno to make his hypnotic groove. He will not hesitate to take the mic to wake up the crowd and always finds the sound to light up the dancefloor.
La Mamie’s is a collective of DJs and event organizers founded in 2007 by 6 friends around a common passion for vinyl and the spirit of free and uninhibited parties. They started by organizing a dozen of events in a disused house in Montrouge, a suburb of Paris, before performing in bars and clubs in Paris, and setting up the Macki Music Festival with friends from the label Cracki Records.
It is often while walking in the street that Charles creates his music. He imagines melodies that he whispers into his phone, before transposing them in his studio. Just as a chemist would distill the molecules of a potion by balancing and filtering them meticulously, Charles Dollé sees himself as a child playing mad scientist in a white coat. His music plays on balance, mixing genres, between lightness and melancholy, intimacy and modesty. His first album Imago has been released on June 25, 2021.
Diogo Strausz is a music producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, he began composing at a young age, and that same passion for creating music still inspires him today as a producer and dj. Strausz produced hits for independent Brazilian artists Castello Branco and Alice Caymmi, and co-produced an album for Brazilian actor Chay Suede with Mario Caldato Jr of the Beastie Boys. Now based between Paris and São Paulo, he recently co-produced the album “Les Bruits de La Ville” for French artist Voyou on Sony Music France, and remixed two songs by legendary Brazilian singer Gal Costa.
Strausz has two upcoming releases on Brooklyn’s Razor-N-Tape label: his “Emancipação” EP and a remix of new Brazilian band Baiana System in collaboration with producer JKriv.
Midori is a 27 year old artist-entrepreneur. Producer of electronic music, he has two EPs, numerous international collaborations, and has done residencies at Rinse France, NTS and Worldwide FM among others. In 2012, Midori left to live a few years in Japan, where he was very influenced by the different artistic and philosophical perspectives.
In 2015, he followed his taste for entrepreneurship and founded the label MENACE, before creating the production company SENSE five years later. He conceived his project as a platform for progressive and progressive and alternative music.
In a world governed by stereotypes, the Lachinos break the boundaries between people and genders. It is impossible to clearly distinguish the origin, the roots and the cultures that are specific to each of its 6 members. Lachinos champions unity through difference, by releasing their first EP “America Lachina”, which explores flows of peoples in several forms: colonization (Cáncer del Colon), the dream of a better life elsewhere (Alas Rotas), or the protection of his fiefdom until death (Huang Tuah).
With Lachinos, we escape, we dance, we listen, we share… We forget the difficulty of living through our geographic, physical, linguistic, and cultural differences, and we become aware of the desire to develop a universal spirit, in a world full of wonders, magic and art…
Underground Canopy formed in 2016, after years of jam sessions and covers of Flying Lotus, Madlib and J. Dilla. The five band members, Jonathan Aréna (keyboard), Warren Dongué (bass), Necky Gomis (trumpet), Alfredo Grooveton (percussion), and Jeremy Talon (guitar) share a passion for hip-hop and instrumental music, which they mix in their productions with Neo-soul and Jazz influences.
Based in Paris, they released their first original work in January 2020 with MENACE label: Bluestab & S. Fidelity present Underground Canopy. Born from endless improvisation sessions, this first EP was produced, recorded and mixed in London by artists Bluestab and S. Fidelity from Jakarta Records.
Filippo Vignato is a Trombonist soloist, arranger and composer, and a prominent young musician in the new Italian & European jazz scene. Born and raised in a musical family, he picked-up his first trombone at the age of 10. Nowadays he performs intensively in Italy and Europe as sideman and as leader of his own bands. He is active in different fields of jazz and improvised music, embracing contemporary music, avantgarde jazz and world music. He has received several awards: from best soloist at Barga Jazz 2011, to the Burghausen European Young Artists Jazz Award 2017.
Enzo started by studying classical piano and then discovered Jazz as a teenage. In 2010, after five years of medical studies, he decided to devote himself entirely to Jazz and joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. In 2012, he co-founded “House of Echo”, a quartet fond of long improvisational pieces. Influenced by the great jazz pianists, Enzo tries to explore the palettes and intrinsic possibilities of the piano. A “raw” approach to improvisation that mobilizes all his influences and sensations. In 2021, he formed the duo “Silent Room” with his trombonist friend Filippo Vignato, and released the album Aria with him on the MENACE label.
Jaïs Elalouf aka DJ OOF mixes art, music and video. He composes under different stage names and has played over 500 audiovisual shows. Passionate about alternative cultures and ecology, he is developing a Psychedelic Art Center reuniting his art collection and immersive spaces.
The center disposes of over 6,000 art pieces and psychedelic artefacts. It is the biggest collection of its kind in Europe, and among the greatest in the world. The collection has been displayed at 60 exhibitions, in museums, renowned cultural institutions and unconventional venues.
Jais will exhibit a selection of posters and psychedelic art from the sixties.
Arthur Cohen’s practice encompasses scenography, fashion and performance. He defines his work as ‘an ecosystem sculpted by the weaving of research into fiction, somewhere between theatre, wearable and visual art.’ Through the development of his narrative, the Weaver’s Guild, Arthur connects auto-ethnographic data to transcultural studies about the role of appearance in contemporary identities’ formation.
Yoanna Bochowski is a Paris-based French artist who graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London in 2017. Her works are usually three-dimensional, in the form of large scale sculptures and installations. She works with raw materials such as metal, wood, resin, and concrete.
Yoanna comes from a diverse ancestry, which pushes her to analyze the origins of civilizations and the institutions of society. She strives to explore human connections and relationships with the environment, origins, and spirituality.
Fleur Blume, trained at the Beaux Arts de Paris, expresses a raw feeling of society in her paintings. Singular among the new generation of Street-Art, Fleur is inspired by real-life facts to expose the sometimes disturbing nature of truth. The artist projects an expressive pictorial force through several techniques, such as oil paint, spray or cutter.
Fleur has created works for the Conscious Festival that sublimate nature and convey the innate emotion of ecological issues.