Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
Friday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center for the Performing Arts
Seniors 62+: $16
Youth 18 and Under: $10
Bucknell Employees and Students : $10
Non-Bucknell College Students: $10
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An internationally renowned repertory company, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal (BJM) has continued to grow with all the energy and spirit of exploration for which it has been known since its birth in 1972.
While preserving the essence of the company, BJM works today with some of the most prestigious figures in the world of dance and contemporary ballet.
Faced with the tensions and uncertainties in today's world, BJM has chosen to remain faithful to an aesthetic form of dance, which can also have an uplifting effect on the soul. This has earned it the title "feel good company", often employed by both the public and the media.
Displaying its radiant and expressive style, BJM explores the creative side of contemporary trends, yet is still firmly committed to classical aesthetics. Making a conscious effort to remain accessible, BJM brings to stage creations which speak to both neophytes and informed audiences.
The performance will feature three dance pieces: Zero In On, Night Box and Harry.
Zero In On is a duet in which audience members "zero in on" two dancers. The size of the stage is reduced so the focus is solely on the dancers.
Night Box was inspired by urban life, especially as it unfolds at night. Evoking the city through sounds, rhythms, music and an incessant blinking of lights, Night Box is a high-voltage work in which love, loss and joy are intertwined. In a state of perpetual movement, it combines contemporary ballet with street dance in alternating sequences for group, trio, duet and solo. Adopting an approach in which lighting plays a central role, the choreographer recreates the full spectrum of the city at night: its private spaces, clubs and streets. Against a backdrop of darkness, these diverse spaces become bathed in light.
Harry was inspired by the inner battles we all wage. Between men and women, in particular, compromises must be made to achieve a balance. This piece revolves around the character of Harry, who struggles to overcome forces both physical and existential. Teeming with energy, the work underscores a recurrent theme in human interactions: conflicts and our ability to overcome them. Set to a score combining jazz, Israeli folksongs and traditional music, this new opus is imbued with hope and humor, alternating group sequences, trios and duets in a fabulous extravaganza of dance.
The presentation of Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.