From their early days to their work with some of the leading names in contemporary dance, the BJM have been in constant transformation. Crystal Pite, Wen Wei Wang, Cayetano Soto and Aszure Barton have all created pieces for the company. Dance Me, a new work that will receive its world premiere during the Danse Danse season, is based on the repertoire of Leonard Cohen. In five seasons that reflect five stages in the late singer– songwriter’s life, Dance Me will paint a multifaceted portrait of the man who wrote Hallelujah. Dance, music and videos are all part of the show. Time and time again, from Gilles Vigneault to Jacques Brel, the BJM have demonstrated their love of music. This new work brings Leonard Cohen’s compositions to the stage in dance.
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The Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (1973) completed her dance education at the Royal Ballet School of Flanders in Belgium. After a 12-year long dance career, where she danced as a soloist with the Scapino Ballet, she decided in 2003 to focus her energies solely on choreography. In that same year she was hailed “rising star of the Dutch dance scene” by the dutch journal NRC Handelsblad and only seven years later the...Read more about Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Born in Crete, Andonis Foniadakis studied classical and contemporary dance at the National School of Dance in Athens. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious Maria Callas scholarship, which allowed him to pursue his training at Rudra Béjart in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1994 he choreographed In between for the Béjart Ballet in Lausanne, which was followed two years later by Court métrage. For two years he also danced in many...Read more about Andonis Foniadakis
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Ihsan Rustem was born in London, where he trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Rustem began his professional career at the age of 17, joining Matthew Bourne's Adventures in Motion Pictures, followed by engagements with Ballett Theater Munich (Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz) and Introdans in The Netherlands.In 2007 Ihsan moved to Switzerland as a founding member of both the State Theater Bern Ballet and the...Read more about Ihsan Rustem
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...Read more about BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
Ideation Louis Robitaille.
Dramaturgy and Stage Direction Eric Jean.
Choreography Andonis Foniadakis, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Ihsan Rustem.
Music Direction Martin Léon.
Decor and Accessories Pierre-Étienne Locas.
Lighting Design and Production Cédric Delorme-Bouchard.
Video Design Hub Studio – Gonzalo Soldi, Thomas Payette.
Costume Design Philippe Dubuc.
Costume Production Anne-Marie Veevaete.
World Premiere December 5, 2017, Montreal, Danse Danse.