November 21, 2013

Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal at Weis Center Jan. 24

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Modern dance company Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal will grace the stage on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

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.

Their performance at the Weis Center will feature three dance pieces. "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.

Inspired by urban life, "Night Box" evokes the city through sounds, rhythms, music and an incessant blinking of lights in a high-voltage work combining contemporary ballet with street dance in alternating sequences for group, trio, duet and solo. 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.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+, $10 for youth under 18, and $10 for college students. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at

The next performance in the Weis Center's 2013-14 Series will be a classical performance by Polish ensemble Szymanowski Quartet on Jan. 31. Founded in Warsaw in 1995, the Quartet has developed into one of the most exceptional international string quartets of its generation. In 2007 they were awarded the Medal of Honor by the Polish government for their service to Polish culture. They will perform works by Mozart, Puccini, Weinberg and Mendelssohn. Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+, $10 for youth under 18, and $10 for college students.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to or