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BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

Cayetano Soto + Benjamin Millepied + Barak Marshall

Programme 40e anniversaire

27. 28. 29 Sept. 2012
Théâtre Maisonneuve

“UNDER THE DIRECTION OF LOUIS ROBITAILLE SINCE 1998, THE 15-MEMBER COMPANY LOOKS RUNWAY-SLEEK WITH POLISHED MOVES THAT WOULD PUT KATE MOSS TO SHAME. SERIOUSLY, THESE DANCERS HAVE THE ENERGY OF A TSUNAMI WITH STAMINA TO SPARE.” (Los Angeles Times, USA, review of a double bill) 

 “Though only 22 minutes long, Fuel is epic. (…) It was impossible to look away.” (The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Canada)
 
In greater shape than ever at age 40, the Ballets Jazz de Montréal will be presenting its variegated Programme 40e anniversaire, where three up-and-coming choreographers share the limelight. The sparkling troupe of dancers directed by Louis Robitaille will perform the magnificent duo Closer by Benjamin Millepied to music by Philip Glass. This will be followed by Fuel, a piece by Cayetano Soto, the choreographer who created Zero in On in 2011. The evening will end with a flourish with a work by the Israeli-American choreographer Barak Marshall, one perfectly suited to the skills of the excellent BJM dancers. An exhilarating evening in store!

Fuel
“In his new choreography Cayetano Soto is inspired by Fuel, a piece for string orchestra by the American composer Julia Wolfe, who transforms the modern industrial world of fuels and machines into clanking string sounds. Soto transfers to human bodies, 5 women and 4 men, this idea of a single substance that keeps the world moving restlessly, as if the dancers too were driven by one predominant energy. This energy is not only revealed by the striking music but also by Soto’s particular use of the lighting, which in this piece serves as the main element of the stage design. Bright white light emanates from a pile of lamps, dazzling the dancers as well as the audience. This lighting contributes to create a strange contrast between the full speed human commitment and the coldness of a machine-driven, alienated mechanical world. However, the interaction of dance, lighting and costumes (the women’s light and refined dresses in apricot colour and the men’s long black fluent trousers) produces an impression of superior elegance within an explosive world of untamed power.” (dramaturge Nadja Kadel)

CLOSER
Danced to the Philip Glass composition Mad Rush, the duoCloser by Benjamin Millepied was created in 2006 for Céline Cassone and Sébastien Marcovici (principal dancer with the New York City Ballet), and presented at the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France. For the BJM event, it will be performed by Alexander Hille and the always magnetic Céline Cassone. Greeted with great acclaim in several different countries, Closer is a rhythmic, voluptuous exchange marked by the simple yet intense sensuality of the tension between two bodies.

“BENJAMIN MILLEPIED HAS A RARE TALENT OF BRINGING INCREDIBLE TONE AND ENERGY TO CLASSICAL DANCE THAT QUICKLY DISPEL ANY IMPRESSION OF DÉJÀ-VU. […] EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM IS PERFECT ELEGANCE AND GRACEFUL PRECISION, WITH NO OSTENTATION. HE IS ABSOLUTE GRACE, BUT FRANK, VIRILE GRACE, DEVOID OF THE MAWKISH OR INSIPID, FREE OF EMBELLISHMENT.” (Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, France, review of Closer)

Harry
A piece for 13 dancers, this new piece will be danced to a soundtrack of jazz, Israeli folk music and traditional music from Quebec.

Cayetano Soto
Cayetano Soto was born in Spain in 1975 and studied at the Instituto del Teatro in Barcelona, followed by further training at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. After graduation he danced with IT Dansa in Barcelona before joining one year later the Ballet Theatre in Munich, where he created a number of successful ballets for that company.

Cayetano Soto presented Quotidiano at the Festival Internazionale di Danza in Venise and 24 FPS for the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and his piece won the Hapag-Lloyd award in April 2006. His first full evening ballet was a new A Midsummer’s Night Dream, presented in July 2006 in Lübeck and in November 2006 in Schwerin. In the spring of 2007, Soto created Dependent Behaviour for the Staatstheater Braunschweig Ballet, and that July was invited to choreograph for the Northwest Pacific Dance Project in Portland. His piece, entitled Not Yet, was so successful that it promptly became part of the company’s repertoire.

In autumn 2007 his M/C, inspired by the relationship between Marilyn Monroe and Truman Capote, was presented by the Royal Ballet of Flanders. In spring 2008 he created Two at a Time for the Stuttgart Ballet, a work that explores the notion of the double, and Last But Not Least for the Northwest Pacific Dance Project. That summer also saw the première of Canela Fina, with the Ballet da Cidade in Sao Paulo. It was co-produced by El Liceu in Barcelona, where it had its European première in September 2008. That October he presented a choreography featuring four dancers in St. Egidien Church in Nuremberg, accompanied by an orchestra performing Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. In 2009 he made Zero In On for the Augsburg Ballet and restaged one of his first choreographies, Fugaz, for the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. His M/C was performed in Dortmund, where he also created a full evening version of Carmen, which was then presented in Brno, Czech Republic in 2010.

Also in 2010, his piece Kiss Me Goodnight was presented by Introdans in Arnhem, as was his solo choreography for Lisa-Maree Cullum, lead soloist with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich. The latter was commissioned for the new Talbot Runhof collection and presented during fashion week in Paris. In May 2010 his Sacre du Printemps was performed by the National Ballet Company in Lisbon. Cayetano Soto is based in Munich.

BENJAMIN MILLEPIED
Benjamin Millepied was born in Bordeaux in 1977. He studied at that city’s Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse from the ages of 13 to 16. In the summer of 1992 he studied at the New York City Ballet’s School of American Ballet (SAB), and was able to enroll there as a full-time student after receiving a scholarship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Benjamin Millepied originated a principal role in Jerome Robbins’ 2 & 3 Part Inventions at SAB in 1994, and was awarded a Prix de Lausanne that same year. In 1995 he was the recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise, and became a member of the New York City Ballet. He was promoted to soloist in 1998 and to principal dancer in the spring of 2002. With the New York City Ballet, Benjamin Millepied has danced major roles in works by the celebrated choreographers George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins, Angelin Preljocaj, Richard Tanner, Helgi Tomassion, Christopher Wheeldon and Merce Cunningham. He originated roles in Peter Martins’ Concerti ArmoniciGuide to Strange PlacesHallelujah Junction and Swan Lake, and also in Robbins’ Les Noces. On the occasion of the NYC Ballet’s Diamond Project in 2002, he created a leading role in Vespro, by Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti.

Benjamin Millepied made his début as a choreographer in 2001 with Passages, which he created for the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon. He was one of four participants in the New York Choreographic Institute session of March 2002. In September of that year he presented, together with other soloists and principals of the New York City Ballet, Danses Concertantes at Sadler’s Wells in London and choreographed a piece entitled Triple Duet. In the spring of 2003 he danced in Olivier Simola’s filmChaconne. In 2005 he created 28 Variations On A Theme By Paganini for the SAB, and Casse-Noisette for the Grand Théâtre in Genava, with set design and costumes by Paul Cox. The duo Closer, with onstage accompaniment by Philip Glass, was part of the program presented by Benjamin Millepied & Company in 2006 at the Joyce Theater in New York.


Barak Marshall
Barak Marshall is the son of the dancer, choreographer and musician Margalit Oved and grew up in Los Angeles. He studied social theory and philosophy at Harvard before immigrating to Israel in 1994. He stumbled into dance “by accident” in 1995, but soon established himself as an innovative voice in Israeli dance. His first work, Aunt Leah, won first prize in the Shades of Dance Choreography Competition in 1995, and Barak Marshall soon had his work being performed abroad, including prestigious festivals such as Roma Europe and Arci Milano. In 1996 he created a dance, The Land of Sad Oranges, based on a short story by the Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani. His third piece, Emma Goldman’s Wedding, represented lsrael in the Bagnolet International Competition in 1998, where it won first prize, the Adami award, the Bonnie Byrd award for new choreography and the audience award. Barak Marshall’s work has been presented at the Berlin Festival, Hamburg’s Sommertheater Festival, the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon and at the Opéra Bastille.

Barak Marshall has also created works for other companies such as the Batsheva Ensemble, Philadanco Dance Company, MDT Dance Company and Austria’s ABCD Dance Company. He choreographed Dybbuk for the Habima National Theatre of Israel. Marshall was a resident choreographer at the 1998 and 1999 American Dance Festivals, and was commissioned to create two new pieces for the Israel Festival. In 1999 he was invited by Ohad Naharin to become the first-ever resident choreographer at Batsheva Dance Company. He stayed for two years, until a severe leg injury forced him to give up dance.

Barak Marshall is also a singer, and performed as a soloist with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project in May 2006. In 2007 he was asked by the Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Partnership to create a new choreography and dance course. As artistic director of the program he established a partnership between the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures, and the Suzanne Dellal Center.

He currently divides his time between Tel Aviv and Los Angeles. He recently received a Creative Capital Grant in New York for his new musical production, Symphony of Tin Cans, with Margalit Oved and Tamir Muskat of Balkan Beat Box. His latest work Rooster was commissioned by the Suzanne Dellal Centre and the Israeli Opera and had its première in Tel Aviv in 2009. It has since gone on an international tour, and was featured in the 2011 Montpellier Danse festival.

Lenght: 1 h 45

Credits
Fuel
Choreographer Cayetano Soto. Assistant to choreographer Mikiko Arai. Dramatist Nadja Kadel. Music Julia Wolfe. Lighting Design Cayetano Soto. Costume Desing Cayetano Soto. Lighting Director Daniel Ranger. Costumes Production Anne-Marie Veevaete. Sound Design Antoine Bédard. Nord American Premiere Halifax, NS, Canada November 2011. Lenght 22 minutes. A production of BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. Dancers Christina Bodie, Antonios Bougiouris, Kevin Delaney, Alyssa Desmarais, Alexandra Gherchman, James Gregg, Morgane Le Tiec, Andie Masazza, Brett Taylor.

Closer
This ballet benefits from the precious support of M. Uriel G. Luft. Choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Dancers Céline Cassone, Alexander Hille. Music Mad Rush, Philip Glass. Lighting Roderick Stewart Murray. Costumes Production UNTTLD, Simon Bélanger, José Manuel St-Jacques. Lenght 15 minutes.

Intermission

Harry

A work dedicated in the memory of Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman, major partners of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. Choreographer Barak Marshall. Assistants to choreographer Inbar Nemirovsky, Osnat Kelner. Music Tommy Dorsey, Taraf Ionel Budisteanu, Balkan Beat Box, The Andrews Sisters, Anatol Stefanet, Dejan Petrovic, Sidney Bechet, Warsaw Village Band, The Hungarian Quartet, Goran Bregovic, Maria Callas, Wayne Newton. Lighting Daniel Ranger. Costumes Anne-Marie Veevaete. World Premiere Montauban, France, July 2012. Lenght 45 minutes. A production of BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, in coproduction with le Centre National des Arts (Ottawa), The Joyce Theater Foundation (New York), Danse en PlaceS Festival (Montauban), Centre Segal des arts de la scène (Montréal). Dancers Christina Bodie, Antonios Bougiouris, Céline Cassone, Kevin Delaney, Christian Denice, Alyssa Desmarais, Youri De Wilde, Alexandra Gherchman, James Gregg, Alexander Hille, Morgane Le Tiec, Andie Masazza, Brett Taylor.


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BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de MontréalHofesh Shechter CompanyFrédérick Gravel / Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroupJosé Navas / Compagnie FlakAszure Barton & ArtistsTAO Danse TheaterLa Otra OrillaCarte BlancheT.r.a.s.h.Fondation de danse Margie GillisMaría Pagés CompañíaSinha Danse / Constantinople