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Mono Lisa

Territory represented: Québec

Mono Lisa, choreographed by Itzik Galili, is danced to sounds based on the noises of a typewriter. It opens on several rows of spots, casting a bold light on the dark stage, creating the atmosphere of a factory plant. In these bizarre spatial surroundings, filled with sounds and visions of iron and steel, a couple of dancers in rust-colored costumes twist and turn, twine and entwine in extraordinary convolutions and rapidity, with the partners always defying gravity. The incredible acrobatics are executed with breathtaking control.

“Movement is my language, my means of communicating; a wordless language which makes it all the more eloquent,” Itzik Galili

  • Choreographer: Itzik Galili
  • Assistant to choreographer: Élisabeth Gibiat
  • Music: Itzik Galili, Thomas Höfs
  • Lighting Designer: Itzik Galili
  • Lighting Director: Daniel Ranger
  • Costume Design: Natasja Lansen
  • Costumes: Anne Marie Veevate
  • Duration: 8 minutes

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Rouge

Territory represented: Québec

Based on original music by the brothers Grand, with a nod and a wink to traditional Amerindian music (throat singing, the sound of waves, the rustling wind, the cry of wild geese, rumbling thunder), this new piece for BJM by Rodrigo Pederneiras is an ode to resilience, a discreet tribute to Native peoples and their musical and cultural legacy. Underlying the work are themes of confrontation, the clash of cultures, power struggles between the dominant and the dominated, and what it means to belong to a community. Direct, genuine and raw, the dance is performed vigorously, at full throttle. The ensemble dances as a single entity, suggesting by the force of its impact the idea of escape or flight, a human migration, anxiety swelling with each new movement. 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.

  • Artistic Direction — Louis Robitaille
  • Choreography — Rodrigo Pederneiras
  • Music — Paul Baillargeon and the Grand Brothers
  • Lighting — Gabriel Pederneiras
  • Costumes — Kristin Hofmann
  • Length — 36 minutes
  • World premiere — November 2014, Boston, United States

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Kosmos

Territory represented: Québec

In this new work for BJM, the choreographer draws his inspiration from the world we live in, the frenetic pace of everyday urban life. His observations were the trigger for creating choreography inspired by the movements of crowds, moments of agitation, and the hustle and bustle of the city. Andonis searches for a counterbalance, bringing beauty to the fore and turning frenetic movement into a dance that brings people together in a joyous, liberating fashion. This is a dance based on clear movement, where a mingling clan of dancers must come to terms with the presence of others. Unlike the restrictions imposed by modern life, it is a moment for reconnecting, for releasing tensions, for coming together and letting go. Once again this work bears the distinctive BJM signature characterized by pure, festive energy, a celebration of humanity — its beauty and its creative force.

  • Choreography: Andonis Foniadakis
  • Music: Julien Tarride
  • Lighting: James Proudfoot
  • Costumes Production: Philippe Dubuc
  • Length: 35 minutes
  • World Premiere: October 2014, Lakewood, USA
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