• Ballets Jazz Montréal

    Ballets Jazz Montréal


    Ausia Jones, Crystal Pite, Aszure Barton
    27. 28. 29. 30 Sep 2023
  • Ballets Jazz Montréal


    Ausia Jones, Crystal Pite, Aszure Barton
    27. 28. 29. 30 Sep 2023
  • Ballets Jazz Montréal


    Ausia Jones, Crystal Pite, Aszure Barton
    27. 28. 29. 30 Sep 2023
  • Ballets Jazz Montréal


    Ausia Jones, Crystal Pite, Aszure Barton
    27. 28. 29. 30 Sep 2023

Ballets Jazz Montréal - ESSENCE

  • Montreal
  • Ballets Jazz Montréal


    Ausia Jones, Crystal Pite, Aszure Barton
Length – 90 min including intermission Venue – Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts
27 September 2023 - 20 h 00
28 September 2023 - 20 h 00
29 September 2023 - 20 h 00
30 September 2023 - 20 h 00

Past, present and future collide to mark the half-century of Ballets Jazz Montréal. Choreographers Ausia Jones, Crystal Pite and Aszure Barton are the creators of this sparkling program, entitled ESSENCE.

Ballets Jazz Montréal has a long and rich history of excellence, innovation and above all, passion. Crossing eras and boundaries, these tireless globetrotters project themselves into the future, convinced that dance can speak to audiences of all backgrounds. To mark the company’s 50th anniversary, its new artistic director, Alexandra Damiani, has put together an all-female triple bill that expresses the quintessence of her vision. Two iconic works, Aszure Barton’s Les Chambres des Jacques and Crystal Pite’s Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue, share the program with a new piece, We Can’t Forget About What’s His Name, by Ausia Jones, a young Ballets Jazz Montréal performer whose movement language is rooted in groove and counterpoint. Hats off!



Tickets start at $48.00

Post-performance talk with the artists

    Wednesday September 27, 2023
    Friday September 29, 2023

  • Ausia Jones

    Photo © Cathryn Farnsworth.

    Ausia Jones

    Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ausia Jones received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a focus on choreography at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. During her time at USC Kaufman, Ausia received training at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Orsolina Forsythe/Pite, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

    As a dancer, she has had the honor of performing works by William Forsythe, Robert ...

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  • Crystal Pite

    Photo © Michael Slobodian.

    Crystal Pite

    In a choreographic career spanning three decades, Crystal Pite has created more than 50 works for dance companies in Canada and around the world. She is the founding artistic director of the Vancouver-based company Kidd Pivot, world-renowned for radical hybrids of dance and theatre that are assembled with a keen sense of wit and invention. Ms. Pite is known for works that courageously address such challenging and complex th...

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  • Aszure Barton

    Photo © Robert Seiwert.

    Aszure Barton

    Aszure Barton was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She received her formal training at the National Ballet School in Toronto, where, as a student, she helped originate the ongoing Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Showcase.

    To date, she has collaborated with and created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Fang Yi Sheu, Ekaterina Shipulina/Bolshoi Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bayerische...

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  • Ballets Jazz Montréal

    Founded in 1972 by Geneviève Salbaing, Eva Von Genscy and Eddy Toussaint, Ballets Jazz Montréal is a contemporary dance repertory company which, under the artistic direction of Alexandra Damiani, creates, produces, and presents on local, national, and international stages.

    The company collaborates with internationally renowned choreographers who develop their own research in line with BJM’s identity to generate a reperto...

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We Can't Forget About What's His Name   

Choreography Ausia Jones.                    
Music Jasper Gahunia, Stephen Krecklo & William Lamoureux aka Earth Boring. 
Lighting Design  Claude Plante. 
Costume Design  Anne-Marie Veevaete. 

World Premiere  6 août 2022, Saint-Sauveur, Canada.


Ten Duets On A Theme Of Rescue 

Choreography  Crystal Pite.                                                                                                          
Stager  Cindy Salgado.                                                                         
Music  Solaris par Cliff Martinez. 
Lighting Design  Jim French. 
Costume Design  Linda Chow. 

World, Premiere  10 janvier 2008, New York, USA. 


Les Chambres Des Jacques  

Choreography  Aszure Barton.
Assistant to the choreographer  Andrew Murdock.  
Music Gilles Vigneault, Antonio Vivaldi, Les Yeux Noirs, The Cracow Klezmer Band & Alberto Iglesias. 
Lighting  Daniel Ranger. 
Costume Design Rémi Van Bochove. 

World Premiere  Octobre 27, 2006, Albany, United States. 


Dancers :  Alyssa Allen, Gustavo Barros, Yosmell Calderon Mejias, John Canfield, Tuti Cedeño, Astrid Dangeard, Shanna Irwin, Ausia Jones, Miu Kato, DaMond LeMonte Garner, Larissa Leung, Austin Lichty, Marcel Mejia, Andrew Mikhaiel.  


Ballets Jazz Montréal thanks the Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Foundation for supporting this creation.


Ballets Jazz Montréal  ESSENCE

Ballets Jazz MontréalESSENCE

Ausia Jones + Crystal Pite + Aszure Barton

27. 28. 29. 30 Sep 2023

Skeels Danse  Past Rooms

Skeels DansePast Rooms

Andrew Skeels

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