The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society Presents
Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal
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Saturday, October 15 2016 - 7:30pm
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
2016/17 Dance series subscriptions are now on sale!
For LES BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTREAL, Jazz is referring to a "Jazzing up" of classical Ballet. The renowned contemporary repertory company presents a hybrid form of dance, combining the aesthetics of classical ballet and embracing many other different styles of dance. 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.
In three original works of Rouge, Closer and Kosmos, each by different choreographers, BJM showcases diversity in themes of cultural legacies of indigenous people, the tensions in a modern relationship and the creative force of urban chaos.
ROUGE by Brazilian choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras is based on original music by the Les Frères Grand. Pederneiras, who uses dance as a means of expressing the identity of individuals and of nations, gives us an ode to resilience and a discreet tribute to indigenous peoples and their musical and cultural legacy. Underlying the work are themes of confrontation, the clash of cultures, power struggles and what it means to belong to a community. Gathering momentum as they are carried away by the implacable rhythm of the music, the dancers convey drama and strength, a sense of urgency, of pain and separation, surging relentlessly toward a point of crisis until the excess of impulse and tension is exorcised, reaching at last a state of grace.
BJM | ROUGE TEASER | RODRIGO PEDERNEIRAS from Ballets Jazz de Montréal on Vimeo.
CLOSER by Benjamin Millepied is a voluptuous and vibrant exchange filled with the intense yet simple sensuality of the tension between two bodies. Inspired by the haunting rhythms of Mad Rush by Philip Glass, the audience is transported into the couples' passionate relationship with movements of crystalline beauty and delicacy.
BJM CLOSER | BENJAMIN MILLEPIED | EXTRAIT from Ballets Jazz de Montréal on Vimeo.
KOSMOS by Andonis Foniadakis celebrates human beings and their creative force. The Greek choreographer was inspired by urban frenzy and 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 | Kosmos by Andonis Foniadakis | Clip 30 secs from Ballets Jazz de Montréal on Vimeo.
Among Canada's most beloved and longest running dance companies, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal stands apart from other companies with their quality of performances and ability to captivate audiences and critics around the world.
"More than simple entertainment, artistic choices can carry an alternative message. By allowing the best in us to bloom we have the power to change, transform the way we see ourselves and others. A profound desire for harmony linked to the strong conviction that happiness is indeed at arm's reach, as well as a thirst for the exotic and openness to the cultures of others, these are the ingredients that have guided my steps in the elaboration of the great adventure that is dance." - Louis Robitaille, Artistic Director
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre thanks the following sponsors for their generous support: The Vernon Morning Star, the Okanagan Advertiser, the British Columbia Arts Council, the North Okanagan Regional District and the Government of Canada.
Prorated Subscriptions for the Society's 2016/17 Dance Series are still on sale, giving you more of what you love - for less! At $132 for adults, these five show packages save 15% off single ticket prices. Single tickets are $45 for adults, $42 for seniors and $40 for students and are on sale through the Ticket Seller online at www.ticketseller.ca or by phone at 250-549-SHOW (7469).
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