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Three works from Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal will leave audiences breathless

by on February 13, 2014

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On Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m., internationally renowned repertory company Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal will present three works by three different choreographers at the Fredericton Playhouse.

Since its birth in 1972, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal has continued to grow through its energy and incredible spirit of exploration. Famous for its radiant and expressive style, this company performs dance that is built on classical technique and whose voice embraces vital contemporary energy.

Each of the three works to be presented during the performance on the Playhouse stage comes from a cutting-edge choreographer. These pieces will leave audiences breathless.

Harry – Choreography by Barak Marshall. 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 humour, alternating group sequences, trios and duets in a fabulous extravaganza of dance.

Night Box – Choreography by Wen Wei Wang. In creating this new piece for Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Wen Wei Wang 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, sexuality 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.

Zero in On – Choreography by Cayetano Soto. According to the Macmillan Dictionary, to zero in on someone/something means “to start to give all your attention to a particular person or thing.” According to choreographer Cayetano Soto, “In zero second you have to get in and on with your energy and power.” This is the structure beneath this duet; the size of the stage is reduced so the focus is only on the dancers.

In addition to these three diverse performances from Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, the Fredericton Playhouse will offer an Experience More! activity. Interested participants are asked to register through the box office for a Beginner Contemporary Masterclass, taking place at the Playhouse on Thursday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

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