Powerful music, mass movements, sensuality and frenzy. BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal presents the contagious energy of three original dance pieces – a look at the modern couple, a tribute to Native peoples and the creative force of urban chaos.
BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal is back with its contagious energy and three original works whose themes vary from the couple in the 21st century to the creative force of urban chaos and the cultural legacy of Native peoples. Powerful music and masterful lighting reinforce the impact of these works, which put to the test the virtuosity and endurance of the company’s 14 remarkable dancers.
Rouge, Rodrigo Pederneiras (2014, BJM)
For the Brazilian choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras, dance is a means of expressing the identity of individuals and of nations. His hybrid style combines capoeira, samba, forró, ballroom dancing and classical ballet. He mingles together sensuality, vitality and elegance in a form of perpetual movement that is fluid and sinuous, and that charmed Danse Danse audiences in 2010. This time he pays tribute to the resilience of Native peoples and their cultural legacy with dance that is percussive, tribal and visceral, bursting with energy and spirit. Confrontations and power struggles follow one after the other to the implacable rhythms of music rich in references to Amerindian culture, composed by the Grand brothers of Quebec.
Mono Lisa, Itzik Galili (2010, Stuttgart Ballet; 2015, BJM)
The Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili brilliantly updates the classical pas de deux in a play of fierce, dynamic seduction set to industrial music based on the sounds of typewriters. Appreciated for his ability to combine abstraction and narration and to counterbalance humour, violence, sensuality and elegance, this Netherlands-based artist portrays a couple playing cat and mouse. Wiggling hips, twists and turns, acrobatic lifts and unusual figures and supports imbue the classical base of the piece with movement that extols in particular the strength and flexibility of the female dancer in impressive extensions and amazing splits.
Kosmos, Andonis Foniadakis (2014, BJM)
The fashion designer Philippe Dubuc has dressed the members of an urban clan imagined by Andonis Foniadakis, who charmed audiences in 2009 with Selon Désir, performed by the Ballet du Grand Théâtre of Geneva. Now based in France, the Greek choreographer was inspired by urban frenzy, exhausting the bodies of the dancers as he celebrates human beings and their creative force. In his quest for beauty he journeys between order and chaos, hurtling the dancers through space with the sweeping movements of a unifying, liberating and joyous dance.
BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal in Brief
Founded in 1972, BJM has been under the artistic direction of Louis Robitaille since 1998. Characterized by versatility, virtuosity and the strong personalities of its 14 dancers, the company performs a large repertoire of contemporary works in a hybrid style generously inspired by the vocabulary of classical ballet. Crystal Pite, Azure Barton and Wen Wei Wang are among the Canadian choreographers invited to create dance pieces for BJM, and the company also calls on emerging and established artists from other countries, individuals like Mauro Bigonzetti, Rodrigo Pederneiras and Andonis Fodianakis. As it approaches its 43rd anniversary BJM can be proud of its impressive track record, for it has performed to over two million spectators in 66 countries.
Photo © Juan Luiz Pederneiras
Photo © Andrei Kalamkarov
Choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras. Music Les frères Grand. Lights Gabriel Pederneiras.
World Premiere November 2014, Boston, USA.
Choreographer Itzik Galili. Assistant Choreographer Élisabeth Gibiat. Music Itzik Galili, Thomas Höfs. Lighting Designer Itzik Galili. Lighting Director Daniel Ranger.
Costume Design Natasja Lansen. Realization costumes Anne Marie Veevate. Dancers Céline Cassone, Mark Francis Caserta.
Creation Stuttgarter Ballett, Schauspielhaus Stuttgart, Germany, February 22, 2003.
Choreographer Andonis Foniadakis. Music Julien Tarride. Lights James Proudfoot.
Costumes Philippe Dubuc.
World Premiere October 2014, Lakewood, USA.