A word from Danse Danse
Dear audience, dance lovers, music lovers,
Ballets Jazz Montréal gives us the gift of combining the captivating voice of Patrick Watson with the talent of choreographers Anne Plamondon and Juliano Nunes. What more could you ask for? This special evening, marked by the artistic direction of Eric Jean, has all the ingredients to stay with you for a very long time. Saviour the moment and let yourself be carried away by the discovery of exceptional artists.
We would like to give a special nod to Alexandra Damiani, BJM's new artistic director, and wish her many moments of grace at the helm of this company that has conquered the hearts of audiences. Welcome Alexandra! And long live Ballets Jazz Montréal, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season!
Enjoy the show!
Pierre Des Marais – Executive Director and Artistic Co-direcor
Caroline Ohrt – Artistic Co-direcor ans Director of Development
Danse Danse acknowledges that we are gathered on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka Nation. We honour the continued presence of Indigenous peoples on the Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal) territory, which has long served as a meeting place for exchanges between nations, and we are grateful for the opportunity to present live works of art here.
Executive Director and Artistic Co-director Pierre Des Marais. Artistic Co-director and Director of Development Caroline Ohrt. Director, Accounting and Administration Kim Hoang, CPA, CGA. Production Manager Hervé Holdrinet. Director, Sales, Marketing and Communications Hélène Nadeau. Coordinator, Communications Julia Giehler. Media Relations Sheila Skaiem. Manager, Cultural Action and New Audiences Claire Oliver Coordinator, Philanthropic Development Agathe Henninger Administrative Assistant and Customer Service Agent Evelyne Fournier. Stage Technicians Le Regroupement des techniciens de scène du Québec.
Board of Directors
President Emmanuelle Poupart, Partner – McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Vice President Michèle Meier, MBA, ASC, Senior Vice-President, Global Communications & Marketing - SNC Lavalin. Treasurer Thierry Pejot-Charrost, CPA, CA, Vice-President, Internal Audit and Risk Management – Transat A.T. Inc. Administrators Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director - École supérieure de Ballet du Québec, Chantal Bouvier, President and CEO - Le Cercle des présidents du Québec. Nathalie Brunet, Portfolio manager and Investment advisor - National Bank Financial. Pierre Des Marais, Executive Director and Artistic Codirector – Danse Danse. Jonathan Lachapelle, CFA, Director, Portfolio Construction, Total Portfolio - Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Sebastien Leblond, President & CEO - Capital RainMKRS Inc. Lucy Riddell, Vice Chair - R. Howard Webster Foundation.
Advisory Committee, Communications and Marketing
Michèle Meier, MBA, ASC, Senior Vice-President, Global Communications & Marketing - SNC Lavalin. Delphine Hareux, Director, Marketing and Client Experience, BDC Business Development Bank of Canada. Isabelle Brosseau, Program Director - Rouge 107,3.
Photo Caroline Ohrt + Pierre Des Marais © Damián Siqueiros.
Messages from Ballets Jazz Montréal
On the eve of Ballets Jazz Montréal’s 50th anniversary and in the unusual current context, I believe it is appropriate to return to the basics. I turn to our performers, who are the heart of the organization and who, in their daily work, are at once vulnerable, curious and passionate.
The values of sincerity, boldness, freshness, and creative determination will guide our words and actions. They will allow us to see every issue as a challenge to be met and an opportunity to grow as an artistic company.
With our 50 years of dance experience, we now have the opportunity not only to reconnect with our past, but to move forward on our dance journey. My goal for Ballets Jazz Montréal is to learn from each other, and to propel us forward, to celebrate art in its magnificent beauty and in its marginality, where a new generation of creators can emerge and take us even further.
In imagining the show that would mark the company’s 50th anniversary, it soon became clear that the music that would serve as the setting for the choreography had to be by a Montréal artist. Patrick Watson quickly emerged as the obvious choice, as his lyrics and melodies proved to be a perfect showcase to inspire the show’s creators.
As we explored the singer-songwriter’s recurring themes, the notion of memory stood out: memory of the body, of language, memory that always takes us back to childhood.
Finally, there was the desire to go further in combining dance and theatre—a nod to the company’s very first show, which was based on a dramatic text by playwright Marcel Dubé.
I invite you to follow the journey of this woman in search of her identity, told through the bodies of the company’s 15 performers and one female actor.
Creative and Stage Director of VANISHING MÉLODIES
Photos Alexandra Damiani © Julieta Cervantes. Eric Jean © Jean-François Lemire - Shoot Studio.
Ballets Jazz Montréal
An internationally renowned contemporary repertory company, Ballets Jazz Montréal has been evolving steadily and dynamically since 1972. With a team of international-calibre dancers who have maintained the essence of the company since its origins, Ballets Jazz Montréal today collaborates with unique signatures of contemporary dance and ballet. A great ambassador of Quebec dance around the world, Ballets Jazz Montréal today offers an artistic product that is explosive, original, accessible and noticed for the excellence of its execution. Since its creation, the company has presented more than 2,600 shows in 68 countries, to an audience of nearly 3 million spectators. In 2022 Ballets Jazz Montréal will celebrate 50 years of stories, tours, encounters and emotions.
Artistic Director Alexandra Damiani.
Ballet Master Jeremy Raia.
Artistic Coordinator Andrew Mikhaiel.
Principal Artist Yosmell Calderon. Artists Gustavo Barros, John Canfield, Diana Cedeño, Jeremy Coachman, Astrid Dangeard, Hannah Kate Galbraith, Shanna Irwin, Ausia Jones, Austin Lichty, Marcel Mejia, Andrew Mikhaiel, Benjamin Mitchell, Sophia Shaw, Eden Solomon.
General Manager Marie-Joëlle Tremblay.
Administration & Finance Manager Liane Barriault.
Communications Manager Mariane Prégent.
Fundraising & Sponsorship Manager Yumi Palleschi.
International Development Manager Denis Bergeron.
Administration & Finance Coordinator Gabrielle Paquin.
Technical Director Louis Morisset.
Head Carpenter Daniel Ranger.
Head of Sound Manon Meunier.
Head of Lighting Claude Plante.
Head of Video Éric Fauque / Steve Montambault.
Work / Credits
VANISHING MÉLODIES – Music by Patrick Watson
Outside – night.
A woman waits in a bus shelter, alone. The lights of the night reflect on the wet ground. The glow of a moonbeam. Perhaps the lights of a car off in the distance. Sitting on a generic bench, the woman remains motionless. Even her breathing seems to have stopped. She doesn’t remember how long she’s been there. Or how she got there. In her pocket, an old photo. And the remnants of its faded memories.
Around her, the glass walls of the bus shelter fade away. The reflective lines on the road lengthen until they merge with the silhouette of the trees, in a forest that penetrates every pore of her skin. In the half-light, bodies come to life. Intertwine. Memories suddenly rise up in a powerful wave, submerging her.
In the dead of night, a strange dance begins between this woman and the ghosts of her past.
Hot off the success of Dance Me, dedicated to the works of Leonard Cohen, director Eric Jean returns to BJM for a new show featuring the music of yet another renowned Montreal artist. Immersed in a dreamlike lyrical world, this contemporary ballet is rooted in the music of author, composer and performer Patrick Watson, whose potently evocative poetry has been hailed on stages across the globe.
Tinged with lyricism and raw emotion, VANISHING MÉLODIES is a testament to the choreographic language of Juliano Nunes (Germany) and Anne Plamondon (Quebec, Canada). In this show gathering about twenty musical pieces, the two choreographers intertwine their talents to create a work in synergy with Watson’s music.
The fusion of dance and theater, which began with Dance Me, is once again put forward: for one of the first times in BJM history, an actor shares the stage with the company's 14 performers.
Creation & stage direction Eric Jean.
Choreographies Juliano Nunes and Anne Plamondon.
Dramaturgy Pascal Chevarie.
Music Patrick Watson.
Soundscape and musical editing Alexis Dumais.
Set Pierre-Étienne Locas.
Lighting Cedric Delorme-Bouchard.
Video Julien Blais.
Costumes Marie Chantale Vaillancourt.
Actor Brigitte Saint-Aubin or Louise Cardinal.
Dancers Gustavo Barros, Yosmell Calderon, John Canfield, Diana Cedeño, Jeremy Coachman, Astrid Dangeard, Hannah Kate Galbraith, Shanna Irwin, Ausia Jones, Austin Lichty, Marcel Mejia, Andrew Mikhaiel, Benjamin Mitchell, Sophia Shaw, Eden Solomon.
World premiere November 2, 2021, Montreal.
Ballets Jazz Montréal would like to thank the Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Foundation, Power Corporation du Canada, the Azrieli Foundation, the Jacques and Michel Auger Foundation for their generous support to the creation.
|Hannah Kate Galbraith|
A prolific and inventive director, Eric Jean is known and appreciated for his commitment to up-and-coming artists, both as a teacher and at the professional level. He has served as artistic and general director of the Théâtre de Quat'Sous from 2004 to 2016, and it was during his tenure that the theatre was reborn with an award-winning architecture. Eric Jean is currently associate director and artistic director of the theater company Les 2 Mondes.
After his first collaboration with Ballets Jazz Montréal as director and dramaturge of Dance Me - Music by Leonard Cohen, Eric Jean has returned to the company in August 2020 as creative director of VANISHING – MÉLODIES.
In the world of theatre, Eric Jean has made his mark notably with his creative approach. Using structured improvisations as his point of departure, he also works in conjunction with playwright and set design, gradually piecing together his stage plays. Striking examples of this method, which he calls “writing as action”, are his piece Hippocampe, co-written with Pascal Brullemans, recipient of the 2003 Prix de la critique, and his 2009 staging of Chambre(s), co-written with Pascal Chevarie.
Other notable productions of his are Corps étrangers/Cuerpos extranos (2005), a piece co-written with Pascal Brullemans and first created in Mexico before being presented in Quebec. Opium_37 (2009-2011) was written in collaboration with Catherine Léger, after which he staged Luc Tartar’s play S’embrasent (2009-2017), Testament by Vickie Gendreau (2014), Le Joker (2016) by Larry Tremblay and Becoming Chelsea by Sébastien Harrisson.
Eric Jean is also the director of several short films including Testament, based on the novel by Vickie Gendreau and TOM - 15 courts films, based on the musical universe of Tom Waits.
A choreographer and performer, Anne Plamondon graduates from l'École Supérieure de danse du Québec in 1994. She immediately joins Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, before moving to dance with the Nederlands Dans Theater II in the Netherlands (1995-1998), then with the Gulbenkian Ballet in Portugal (1998-2000). During this period, Anne performs in works by over 30 choreographers including Jirí Kylian, Hans Van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Gideon Obarzanek, Angelin Preljocaj and Itzik Galili. She creates lead roles for Rui Horta, Patrick Delcroix, and Pieter de Ruiter, as well as Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon.
Between 2002 and 2015, she becomes the emblem of the RUBBERBANDance group, first as a dancer, then as its co-artistic director. Alongside choreographer Victor Quijada, she participates in the creation of ten works for the stage and is instrumental in the formulation of the RUBBERBAND method, which she now teaches throughout the world.
Anne also works with contemporary choreographers such as Jean Grand-Maître and James Kuldelka. From 2007 to 2011, Anne collaborates with renowned choreographer Crystal Pite and her company Kidd Pivot, creating Lost Action, Fault, The You Show, and A Picture of You Falling. In 2014, she participates in the choreographic creation and performs in Triptyque by Les 7 doigts de la main, a meeting of dance and circus arts with pieces by Marie Chouinard, Victor Quijada, and Marcos Morau. In 2016, she collaborates in the creation of Corps Amour Anarchie, a PPS Danse work celebrating French poet Léo Ferré. Anne also stars in the short films Small Explosions That Are Yours to Keep, Secret Service and Gravity of Center, directed by Victor Quijada and Thibaut Duverneix. In collaboration with director Micah Meisner, Anne choreographs and performs solo in Red Shoes, winning a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival in 2010.
Anne Plamondon makes her debut as a choreographer with the solos The Same Eyes as Yours (2012) and Night Mechanics (2017), both undertaken in collaboration with theatre director Marie Brassard. Artist in residence at the Fall for Dance North festival in Toronto in 2018-19, Anne creates Fiddle Embrace, a piece for 18 students of the Ryerson School of Performance, as well as Counter Cantor, in collaboration with Emma Portner. In 2020, Alberta Ballet commissions Yearn to Make a Difference, a piece for 12 dancers, while the tour of her duet Only You, performed by herself and James Gregg and originally premiered with Danse Danse, is postponed to 2022 in the wake of the pandemic.
Since 2019, Anne acts as associate curator for dance at the Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy.
Juliano Nunes was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1990. Trained at the Brazilian Conservatory of Dance in Rio de Janeiro, he then studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim, Germany. He has worked for several renowned companies, such as the Royal Ballet of Flanders, the Leipzig Opera Ballet, the National Theater of Karlsruhe and Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart. He has worked with choreographers such as William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Hans van Manen, Jirí Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Yuri Grigorovich, and Akram Khan.
His career as a choreographer started in 2017 with a creation for the Royal Ballet of Flanders. He then created critically acclaimed works for Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Mariinsky Theatre, Zurich Ballet, Carlos Acosta - Acosta Danza, Pennsylvania Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Teatro San Carlo.
He was also part of the creative team for the Netflix series Tiny Pretty Things.
Photos Eric jean © Jean-François Lemire - Shoot Studio. Anne Plamondon © Jocelyn Michel. Juliano Nunes © Nicha Rodboon.
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