My Light

A seed by: Natsumi Sophia Bellali
Project: Main Pool
Natsumi Sophia Bellali was born and raised in Montreal, and received her modern dance training at The Ailey School in New York. She is a founding member of Brooklyn-based contemporary company MICHIYAYA Dance, and worked as an understudy for the Mark Morris Dance Group. She got in touch with her artistic voice during the creation of “Calling: a dance with faith” with Ping chong + Company, directed by Jesca Prudencio, presented at the LaMaMa Moves! Dance Festival. She has choreographed for dancers at Ballet Montreal, for the Glee Club at St-George High School, and Youth Theater Canada. She then dove into creating a solo work “Salam Tata”, supported by Zab Maboungou / Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, the MAI (Alliance 22-23 cohort), the CALQ, and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal. Recently, she made space for her commercial dance voice as Associate Choreographer for “We Fancy”, a new immersive party for cruise line Virgin Voyages. Bellali continues to share her practice by teaching in a various contexts; from community centers through The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, to dance studios like Ballet Montreal. Today, she explores a great passion in cross-training athletes in dance. She ranges from working with synchronized swimmers, to figure skaters, to high diver Molly Carlson.


Theatre, Interdisciplinary Arts, Dance, Film/Video, Spoken Word
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One of the greatest and most obvious takeaways from meeting my ancestor, is the love and light that came after it. The colours through which I see my life have changed, bringing me an immense sense of hope, drive, and assurance that I am where I am supposed to be, and doing what I was destined to do. This video is a first simply layout of the colours that painted my lens before and after I meet my great grandmother Sultana Hannah, who’s meeting brought me a great sense of relief. I wish to continue to develop this journey of colours in different ways going forward. I invite any one of you to see how this colour journey could be reflected in your art form. 

Love and light 🙂 

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