Dance can sometimes take a political turn. Of Russian origin, Aleksei Kavun took advantage of his time on the set of “Revolution” on Sunday evening to appeal for support to the Ukrainian and Russian peoples and to denounce the war launched by Putin in Ukraine.  ;
It was the first selection of the fourth season of the show hosted by Sarah-Jeanne-Labrosse.
Born to a Ukrainian father and a Russian mother, the 25-year-old arrived in Quebec a year and a half ago as a doctoral student at McGill University. The Russian-Ukrainian war took him by surprise. “I am ashamed of my Russian government. I want to support the Ukrainian people, but also the Russians who did not choose this war.”
He readily admits that his participation in “Revolution” was first and foremost a political gesture. “Through my testimony, I would like Quebecers to help more Ukrainian refugees who come to settle here. This war is not just about the future of Ukraine, it is a war against the free world. If, today, we help the Ukrainians to recover their territory, the war will end more quickly. In addition, winter is coming soon and it's a very difficult season there.”
The young man, who came to the country with his wife, is directly concerned by this conflict, since his father has been a political prisoner of the Russian government since last spring. He can no longer even communicate with him by post.
“My family stayed in Moscow. My father was arrested only because he is Ukrainian. He is currently in a prison in Moscow, but my mother and my sister are free.”
A future doctoral student in chemistry, Aleksei is also a prodigy in popping, a style of dance whose principle is the contraction and relaxation of the muscles following the rhythm. “I started dancing at the age of 11. I had to do an activity to move and there was a studio near my parents' house. I started dancing there, and it became something very important in my life.”
He learned a lot from contact with older and more experienced dancers, which also allowed him to externalize his emotions and frustrations. “Dancing is like a session with the psychologist for me. I can express myself freely. It's as if I opened the door to my personality, I reveal myself more easily.”
The masters recognized his excellence. One of the Twins did something that none of them had ever dared to do before, he went himself to operate the controls of the other masters.
“My job is in chemistry, but I would like popping to be my profession as well,” says Aleksei timidly. It is above all a great passion in my life. If I could have collaborations following the show, I would be very happy.”
Aurélie Perron, 18 years old, Mercier
After six years of gymnastics, Aurélie Perron lost all interest in her sport. It was then that dancing entered her life. “I was more in search of novelty and I knew that dance is quite close to the gym. It gave me more freedom. From the start, I knew I was going to like it.” Go-getter, the pandemic did not prevent her from progressing in her art. “When I found myself alone at home, I was dancing, I only wanted that. I would say that the pandemic has even helped me improve and go further in dance. I stayed “focused” and I used this moment to move forward as much as possible.” His revolution was hailed by Lydia Bouchard, who underlined a perfect technical control and a very disturbing abandonment during her number.
Mikaël St-Hilaire, 21 years old, Bécancour
Building on his experience with the 5 Alive troupe in season 2, Mikaël chose to return to the show solo. “During the pandemic, I decided to start as a soloist, but at the auditions for “Revolution”, it was really the very first time that I danced solo in front of people. I had never done that before.” The need to develop his own movements, the search for songs, to build a choreography, the more creative side of the soloist greatly interested the young man, who nevertheless still remains a member of his initial group. His goal is above all to show his professional side. “It is now what I do for a living and what I want to do in the future. The challenge is also to surpass myself. With 5 Alive, we made it to the top 8 and, this year, I would really like to make it to the final.”
Marie-Josée and Jason, 28 and 20, Montreal and Saint-Sauveur
Even if they have only known each other for a short time, Marie-Josée and Jason have already found their identity through an emotional first issue. She initially wanted to participate in the show, but not solo. “I was looking for a partner I could dance with. By chance, I saw Jason and I liked what he was doing. I asked him if he would be interested. He accepted, especially to live the experience of a TV show. “Our love for dance and our work ethic made it easy for us to come together, even if we don't have the same basic styles. I am a contemporary dancer, but I am very versatile. It's the same for Jason who is more urban, but he also knows many other styles. The goal of this duo, created for the occasion, is to represent themselves well as a whole, but also to highlight their individual personalities.
The candidates saved this week:
Bad, 15 to 21 years old, Quebec (Hip-hop)
Sandu and Emmy, 26 and 23 years old, Brossard (Ballroom)
Aurélie Perron, 18 years old, Mercier (Contemporary)
Mikaël St-Hilaire, 21 years old, Bécancour (Hip-hop)
Marie-Josée and Jason, 28 and 20 years old, Montreal and Saint-Sauveur (Fusion)
Laurent Richard, 17 years old, Quebec (Contemporary)
Alicia Gagné, 22 years old, Trois-Rivières (Contemporary)
Aleksei Kavun, 25 years old, Montreal/Moscow ( Popping)
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128