[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Ballets Jazz de Montreal performs three Philly premieres Feb. 15-18

Anne-Marie Mulgrew AnneMarie at danceaffiliates.org
Tue Jan 30 14:08:41 EST 2018

Back by popular demand Ballets Jazz de Montréal brings three premieres To NextMove Dance at the Prince Theater February 15-18

Recognized worldwide for its classically-trained virtuoso dancers, internationally award-winning choreographers and world-class commissions, Ballets Jazz de Montréal (BJM), under the direction of Louis Robitaille, performs three Philadelphia premieres, February 15-18, at the Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.  The program celebrates the company's 45th Anniversary with an exclusive creation Dance Me based on the life of Montréal singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen.

Performances take place Thursday, February 15 at 7:30pm; Friday, February 16 at 8:00pm; Saturday, February 17 at 2:00pm and 8:00 pm; and Sunday, February 18 at 3pm. Tickets are $20-$62 and can be purchased in person at the Prince Theater Box Office, by phone 215-422-4580 or online http://princetheater.org/next-move. $10<http://princetheater.org/next-move.%20$10> Student Rush Tickets and $20 Industry Rush Tickets are available at the Box Office one hour prior to the performance based on availability and Valid ID. Visit www.nextmovedancae.org<http://www.nextmovedancae.org>

The program opens with Casualties of Memory, a riveting powerful 35-minute work choreographed by Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili. Set to darbuka percussion music played by Les Fréres Grand, the dance explodes traditional societal notions of Western patriarchy. Galili creates a sensual environment where man and woman are not separate beings. This full company work emphasizes gender equality as reflected in the lifts, falls, catches and unique blend of ethnic and contemporary dance movement.

In contrast to Causalities, Galili's O Balcoa de Amor is a joyous, quirky, comedic 25-minute ensemble piece inspired by Galili's trip to Cuba. Set to the infectious music by Perez Prado, dancers portray different characters- the playboy, the top model, the nerd and the Miami gangster and is filled with absurdity and eye-catching moments. O Balcao features a duet by BJM star dancer Celine Cassone and Alexander Hille showcasing her six o'clock extensions, artistry and sublime flexibility.  Galili notes, "Sometimes as grown-ups, we encounter seemingly trivial details that bring us back to our youth and its hopes. Perez Prado's music gives me a deep sense of simple joy. It makes me happy to see what it awakens in the younger generation: joy, laughs, but also a profound smile."

BJM program's features an excerpts of its newest full-length multi-media creation Dance Me celebrating the company's 45th Anniversary. Dance Me is a portrait of Montréal's poet, singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen conceived by Artistic Director Louis Robitaille.

In addition to the performances, BJM will be offering two outreach activities. BJM will conduct a master class on Friday, February 16 at 1pm, Koresh Dance Center, 2002 Rittenhouse Street and two post-performance chats that will take place after Friday's 8pm and Saturday's 2pm performances.

Anne-Marie Mulgrew
Project/ Ed. Director
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