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Karim, an ordinary guy who has been given extraordinary love. The expression of creative artistry is my language. Life is full of interesting turns... each day prepares me for the next.
Love Life... Don't live a life of regret ... Dance Life, Sing Life and Live Life!
Life can throw so much at you, it sometimes causes your head to spin. It's wonderful to spin once you have mastered it. If you spin long enough, things can surprisingly become clearer.This state allows us to chose from a most colorful artistic palette.
Change is in my blood I want to travel 'insideout' and enjoy the journey. I love to share moments in time through movement and sound, so I'm always ready for this creative adventure... ..
"From the Art of a man his heArt speaks." - MusicalNat (aka Karim Forde)
"Can you find the Creator's signature ?"
Karim Forde, born in Montreal, Quebec. Karim first studied classical voice under the instruction of Ms. Therese Sevadjian at Vanier College, obtaining a D.E.C in Music in 1998 and Communications in 1995. In 2003, Karim completed a BFA in Integrative Music Studies with a specialization in Vocal Performance at Concordia University. He also received a BFA in Contemporary Dance with a specialization in Choreography.
Karim is currently the Artistic Director for Inspiritus Creative Arts Ministries. Karim has been a vocal instructor for the past 10 years and is also an invited workshop leader of spirituality and dance at artistic retreats and other conventions.
Karim worked as the choreographer for the «Hommage a Paul Simon - Tribute to Paul Simon» as part of the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival. He danced for Lucie Grégoire in the project «Le Retour du Temps» in the summer of 2007 and in the winter of 2010. He danced for Emmanuelle Calvé in «Coeur et Courant D’eau», 2006 «Ayah» , 2007 and has been her rehearsal director for her solo presentation of «Lampe intérieure» 2008. In march 2008, Karim again collaborated with ,choreographer/ dancer, Emmanuelle Calvé on «La Selva, au temps des cerises».This was under a creative process residency which was hosted by the Gesù--Centre de Créativité-Spectacles.
Karim continues to use his artistic gifting to bring enlightenment, joy, peace and love in every moment. This is only the beginning of the road.
I am fascinated with Life. I love discovering all Life's avenues and winding roads. I am destroying the box. It cannot hold or label me. My soul has been made to live fully. There is always something to discover about one's self. I take pleasure in relationship, whether it is relating , environment, people, animal or Spirit. I cherish Life and all of its giftings.
I am forever searching for ways to share vitality through Art. I believe that we are first spiritual beings. The gift that we have been given is to bring forth life just like the Creator. The creator creates a creation that is to continue to create. A never ending, continuing circle; seamless. This sometimes seems puzzling, but what an honor. How can one use creation to inspire others to live fully? It is one talent not only to entertain but also to bring a sense of healing and hope to those who are lacking spiritually, physically or emotionally. As I share my gifts, there is a release of energy that I cannot explain but I can feel it and I love to see it in others. This is a passion that moves past the skin so that Spirit can be seen.
I have matured since my college days. I am curiously working with topics based on relationship and psychological issues. I realized that I have an infatuation with the interpretation of dreams and metaphor. What does one's conscious thought know about one's subconscious? What do I really want to say? The truth is always very powerful. When we meet truth it may also causes emotional pain. Truth removes layers of the calloused self. We must learn to face truth at all times because it always brings forth wisdom, understanding and ultimately freedom.
From the heart of the creator the creation speaks. Does it speak candidly, truthfully? Childhood experience may influence one's outlook on life but when we understand who we are beyond the past, present and future, there is a shifting that takes place in my conscious thought. We can then ask ourselves? What can I share in this moment with my audience? The human condition, good or bad, shapes all my work. How can I move someone to experience Love? How can I encourage lives through the language of dance? I want to learn how to dig deeper. Remove the layers of self. Moreover, dig deeper still so that all that is seen is the freedom of Spirit.
Authenticity in my process and work is important to me. I do not want to leave room for pretense. On the other hand, I can afford to leave room for the lighter things in life such as humor and celebration. My best work is created as I dive head on and fully.
As I work with all types of artists, I am realizing the importance of conversation and mutual exchange. It is interesting to see people past the technical and talent. I believe that once people connect on a human level creation releases the heartbeat of life. This allows people to breathe as they give and receive real moments; our stories. At times 'real' can be uncomfortable. But a result, audiences all over begin to understand and connect with the common thread, the reality of the human condition.
How do I move? I move from an instinctive gut reaction and create out of an overflow of movement. Before any movement occurs, I subconsciously prepare my body to take flight by jumping into the ground. Having a grounded stance at all times is very important to me. The connection of the soles of the feet and the surface of the ground is a source of energy for me. I like using the articulation of ankle to create steadiness as I spin through space. Using the whole surface of the foot is fundamental in my vocabulary. The feet connection allows my body to react quickly with and elastic type quality. The hands are also important; especially the finger tips. I often imagine that I have water or sand in my hands. I concentrate on the difference in the texture of water and sand. The hands then become storytellers of detail. I tend to move with an intense, high level of energy. I add suspension to my phrasing to add the element of surprise. The added use of swift dynamic change creates interesting rhythmic patterns.
The movement of my body in space is in relationship to itself and the environment. My preferred use of direction is forward, backward, and then adds a turn I return to this instinctively. If I decide to move, it is mainly linear. I enjoy stop and go sequencing in a repeated fashion. I seem not to have a big sense of personal space. My movements are often external, going outward in function and intention.
My movement quality is very muscular yet graceful. I am very aware of my core and I use it to my advantage. I construct corkscrew patterns with my body. I initiate from my center by leading with a leg or an arm wrapping around my body as if to be brought into my core. This skill can be labeled "force centrifuge. I love extreme "male" movement that may seem athletic in nature. Using the challenge of core physical strength excites me. I like to ask my body to back bend while I am on demi-pointe. I search for ways to cause illusion with a pull between flexibility and muscular fast twitch reaction.
I have a lot of fun when I improvise movement. I try not to think too much of what I am doing or how I look. I make an effort to react to the moment and create a little game with my mind and body. I have a tendency to stare down when I dance. If I glance up it is always intentional. When I dance, it is as if I am leaving small gift on different part of the ground and then return with my focus to the spot to see if it was still there. I usually react with my face by smiling or having a fixed focused. It is very difficult for me not to act in response to the movement I am feeling. My movement quality is much to my emotional state. I am also stimulated by what I may see; hear, of touch at the time. Honesty as a performer is key in my movement. I must allow myself to be generous in order to have the right level of energy for movement exploration.