An internationally renowned contemporary dance company, BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal is a repertory company that presents a hybrid form of dance that combines the aesthetics of classical ballet and embraces many other different styles of dance. Founded in 1972 by Geneviève Salbaing, Eva von Gencsy and Eddy Toussaint, the company has pursued its own unique path over the decades. Very contemporary in its current approach, BJM performances are original and accessible, and its superb dancers are widely acclaimed. The term “jazz” in the name refers more to a “jazzing up” of classical ballet rather than a musical or dance style.
Since 1998, BJM have been under the command of Artistic Director Louis Robitaille. The company has presented works by internationally acclaimed choreographers and is also particularly interested in supporting and encouraging Canadian choreographers, composers and designers.
With over 2 000 performances in 67 countries to more than two million spectators, BJM are ambassadors of Quebec and Canadian culture worldwide. The company is celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2017.