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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Montreal, New York, Boston, France and Switzerland - Dynamic Season for Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

Montreal, 11 September 2014 –The new BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal season promises to be captivating as this dynamic Canadian dance company maintains a strong presence abroad with more than 50 performances presented in Europe and the U.S. Delighted to perform in Montreal, Artistic Director Louis Robitaille has concocted a show specifically designed for the superb Salle Bourgie at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The shows will take place on September 17 and 18 as part of 12th edition of the Quartiers Danses festival.

Closer / © Photo : Leda & St.Jacques | Dancers : Céline Cassone and Alexander Hille une légende


A TOUR OF WORLD PREMIÈRES
At the moment both shows are almost sold-out. The piece consists of amazing duets such as Closer by Benjamin Millepied, the dance director at the Opéra de Paris who has enjoyed international renown since his collaboration on the film Black Swan. After the performance of Closer at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on March 4, two BJM dancers, Céline Cassone, elegant and ebullient, while her partner Alexander Hille provided strong, solid support received thunderous applause from the crowd. Also featured are Zero In On by the Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, as well as excerpts from Night Box and Harry and the Canadian première of La Pluie by choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. This evening of elegant dance includes the accompanist Brigitte Poulin on piano performing on the Salle Bourgie stage.

BJM will then embark on an American tour, beginning with shows presented at Fall for Dance Festival at the New
York City Center on October 16 and 17 as part of an impressive international program. The tour continues at the
Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis on October 24, followed by the world première of Kosmos, a new work by the
Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, at the Lakewood Cultural Center in Colorado on October 26. “Kosmos
is a striking reflection of the frenetic rhythms imposed by a society of excess, and for the audience, it is fiery and
vigorously dense,” notes Artistic Director Louis Robitaille. Kosmos is supported by a talented team of collaborators:
costume designer Philippe Dubuc, music by Julien Tarride and lighting by James Proudfoot. BJM then heads to the
Center of Performing Arts in Pueblo, Colorado for a performance on October 28.
Closer / © Photo : Leda & St.Jacques | Dancers : Céline Cassone and Alexander Hille
The highly anticipated new work Rouge, by Brazilian choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras (Grupo Corpo), will have
its world première on November 1 at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston. With an original score by the brothers
Grand that is inspired by Amerindian music, Rouge is an ode to resilience, a moving tribute to Native peoples and
their musical and cultural legacy. The company will conclude its U.S. tour in Florida at the Curtis M. Phillips Centre
in Gainesville on November 5.
TO EUROPE WITH LOVE
Regularly performing on the stages of Europe, BJM will finish the year in style by touring France and Switzerland, a tour
that includes a stop at Winterthur. For this audience of connoisseurs, the company will present four ballets in a triple
program: Zero In On, Closer, Kosmos and the much acclaimed Harry.

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