Rhodnie Désir
Artistic Director and Founder of the BOW’T TRAIL
Choreographer, Dancer, Cultural Mediator
Director and Founder of DÊZAM

" Each of my works is created with the intention of transmitting, awakening, and revealing vivid memories from the past so that we may encounter them in the present. These actions are concretized through cultural mediation with young people and the recreation of works based on the encountering of ancestral rhythms (drums and vocals). "

Born of Haitian parents, this Montreal artist articulates her craft through languages specifically created for each of her works. Using innovative spoken or sung language, a series of movements emerge to mark a unique moment in time. The result is a dynamic contemporary illustration derived from the traditions of Haiti as well as Central and West Africa. Her signature is clearly her love of objects and their multidimensional approach, narratively as well as symbolically. She successfully draws a connection between individual memories of the present and the collective memory of the past.

Désir is a Communications and Marketing graduate of the University of Montreal and HEC Montreal. She has a certificate from SAJE Montreal Metro in starting a business and has completed The Professional and Artistic Training Program in Dance (Zab Maboungou / Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata). Over the years, she has attended professional workshops with such masters as Koffi Kôkô, Seydou Boro, Salia Sanou, Lena Blou, Peniel Guerrier, Zelma Badu-Younge, Bakari Lindsay and Sully Cally.

Today she boasts five works in her repertoire (, VÍ[REC], É’TA, BOW’T et AYEWA) as well as a choreographic study (D2US’T, 2015). Her flagship work BOW’T (2013) draws interest on both the local scene (Conseil des arts de Montréal Touring Program, Sainte-Adèle and Ottawa cities) and abroad (Burkina Faso).

Renowned journalist Philip Spzorer of Dance Current Magazine cited BOW’T as one of the ’’2014 Revelations’’. BOW’T generated two invitations for Rhodnie Désir from Michaëlle Jean (Secretary General of the International Organization of Francophonie). Désir, who is the only artist from North America to have participated in the Ouagadougou International Dance Festival (Burkina Faso, 2014) and has remained very involved in her home community. She was a member of the Board of Directors and President of the Diversity Committee of the Regroupement Québécois de la danse, between 2012 and 2014. In 2015, she was the only Canadian and dance artist to be invited as an expert panelist at the seminar " Artists and the Memory of Slavery: Resistance, creative freedom and legacies" (UNESCO). Today she sits on the “Commission consultative des arts de la scène et de la diffusion’’ du Conseil des arts et des Lettres du Quebec, is a member of the Board of Directors of Festival Quartier Danses, and is a member of the Coalition des Artistes pour l’Histoire générale de l’Afrique of the UNESCO.

She displayed her innate skills as a businesswoman in 2008 by establishing DÊZAM, an artistic and cultural resource enterprise that sought to popularize various practices and cultures among young people. Her team has allowed her to launch more than 2,000 initiatives and multiple partnerships with different municipalities as well as 21 school boards in Canada. To date, DÊZAM continues to be a key resource for artists.


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Odile Éda-Pierre
Manager of International
Booking and Distribution

Odile Eda-Pierre first demonstrated her business skills in the world of international business and publishing. Her passion for art serves her well as manager of international distribution at the National Theatre of Evry and Essonne / Theatre of the Agora (France). Her interest in dance led her to spend 4 years coordinating the Entrez dans la danse, Fête de la danse (Mouvance d’Arts Association). Meanwhile, she completed her academic training in foreign languages (English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese) and international trade with a specialization in Management and Communication for the Cultural Enterprise. In addition to the BOW'T TRAIL, Odile was director of communications at the first edition of the International Festival of Contemporary Music in 2001: Les Estivales de la Perrière. Her experience in festival management and ability to develop lasting partnerships led her to widen her scope towards international dissemination of artistic projects. Today, in addition to BOW'T TRAIL, she accompanies artists from various cultures who want to broaden their horizons.

Rhodnie Désir
Tambouyé and activist

Self-taught artist Alain Pinel-Féréol, is the first ‘tambouyé’ collaborator of the BOW'T TRAIL project and a native of Fort-de-France in Martinique. He was drawn to the drum from an early age and learned to play the ‘tibwa’ by listening to traditional music of Martinique on the radio. He learned the drum with the Gwoka (Guadeloupe) as his sole reference. He encounters Bèlè first through dance - in 1980 - following a meeting with Edmond Mondésir and at various Bèlè events. His encounter with the Bèlè Drum, came through meeting percussionist Nico Gernet (Tanbou Bokannal), who can be seen at Bèlè shows throughout Martinique.

He has shared the stage with the Tambours Croisés (2011-2012), Frantz Laurac (jazz pianist), Simon Jurad (Operation 78), JM Harmonie, Hughes CHARLEC Guy Louiset, Art Air, the GEDC (Groupe Expérimental de Danse Contemporaine de Christiane Emmanuel - stage and progress), and many other diverse musical groups.

Odile Éda-Pierre
Photographer, writer and journalist
Nicolas left his computer engineering job in 2006 to pursue photography and traveling. These two passions eventually developed into his vocation. After a long journey through Asia, Australia and Africa, he decided to share in a more personal experience by returning to his homeland, Martinique. Today, he alternates between institutional functions and art exhibitions such as: "De l’immigration à L’intégration" in association with immigrant women in Martinique, "Pêcheurs de Rêves" in collaboration with visual artist Seraphin, "Street Heart" dedicated to urban street poetry, “bouge toi l’amigo” an aesthetic investigation of the unknown, PAILL 2009 in partnership with the MOTD’ICI agency, as well as innovative young farmers that are ecologically engaged in Martinique and Terre d’Asiles in collaboration with Seraphin.

Odile Éda-Pierre
Host, Bèlè dancer
and costume designer (BOW'T-Martinique)

Kelly was born in Fort-de-France, and studied visual arts after her bachelor’s degree. From there, she shifted her focus towards specialized education and has been working in this domain ever since. It was through her perseverance, attention to detail and creative autonomy that she independently learned costume design. As well as being a host, a dancer and an aspirering tambouyè, Kelly is a member of the AM4, where she is responsible for lékol franswa as director of the Lawon-Bèlè Association.