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Casualties of Memory / Itzik Galili

Territory represented: Québec

The opening image of Itzik Galili’s latest choreographic feat explodes traditional societal notions of Western patriarchy.

Men and women are not to be regarded as separate beings. Instead, Galili constructs a sensual environment in which man supports woman, woman supports man, allowing each other to be on and off balance, with perfect agency. They know… They will be there to catch one another. In perfect symbiosis, joy and passionate energy emerge from the dancers and from the rush of the darbuka percussive music played by Les Frères Grand.

A blend of ethnic and contemporary dance movement, full of curvilinear and visceral power, this ballet emphasizes gender equality. Woman as man. Man as woman. Dance at the extremity of the body’s limits. In this moment, the soul collides and the mind forgets, if only for a moment, that there are differences that divide us.

Credits

  • Artistic Direction: Louis Robitaille
  • Choreography: Itzik Galili
  • Music: Les Frères Grand featuring the percussionist Joseph Khoury
  • Lighting Design: Itzik Galili
  • Lighting Technician: Daniel Ranger
  • Costume Design: Itzik Galili
  • Costume Production: Anne-Marie Veevaete

World Premiere: February 2018, Boston, United States
Length: 35 minutes


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Dance Me / Leonard Cohen

Territory represented: Québec

Choreographers: Andonis Foniadakis, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Ihsan Rustem

Dance Me is an exclusive creation inspired by the rich and profound work of Montréal-based poet, artist and songwriter, Leonard Cohen.

Approved by Cohen during his lifetime, and under the artistic direction of Louis Robitaille and the strong, bold dramaturgy of Eric Jean, this riveting homage to the famed artist evokes the grand cycles of existence in five seasons, as described in Cohen’s deeply reflective music and poems.

Three internationally renowned choreographers were entrusted with putting movement to Cohen’s legendary songs: Andonis Foniadakis, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Ihsan Rustem. Their powerful and profound choreographic world reflective of Cohen’s singular work is brought to life by 14 BJM performing artists.

Surrounded by a team of celebrated designers, Dance Me combines scenic, visual, musical, dramaturgical and choreographic writing to pay tribute to Montréal’s greatest ambassador. Dance, music, lighting, scenography and videography all come together in this unforgettable show, for which BJM has been granted exclusive dance rights for five years.

BJM would like to thank Ms. Marjorie Bronfman for the precious support given to the creation of the show.
Dance Me has been supported by CCOV — Centre de Création O Vertigo.

Credits

  • Ideation: Louis Robitaille
  • Dramaturgy and Stage Direction: Eric Jean
  • Choreography: Andonis Foniadakis, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Ihsan Rustem
  • Musical Direction: Martin Léon
  • Musical Conception: Alexis Dumais
  • Scenography and Accessories Conception: Pierre-Étienne Locas
  • Scenography Technical Direction: Alexandre Brunet
  • Lighting Design and Production: Cédric Delorme-Bouchard and Simon Beetschen
  • Video Design: Hub Studio — Gonzalo Soldi, Thomas Payette et Jeremy Fassio
  • Costume Design: Philippe Dubuc
  • Costume Production: Anne-Marie Veevaete
  • Assistance Stage Direction: Elsa Posnic
  • Sound Design: Guy Fortin

World Premiere: December 5, 2017, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Length: 80 minutes


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O Balcao de Amor / Itzik Galili

Territory represented: Québec

After a trip to Cuba, Itzik Galili was inspired by its timeless music to create an energetic piece. It is a ballet Galili infuses with myriad comedic sparks, looseness, sex and lovely absurdity.

“Sometimes, as grown-ups, we encounter seemingly trivial details that bring us back to our youth and its hopes. Pérez Prado’s music, with its lightness, gives me a deep sense of simple joy. It makes me happy to see how the young generation relates to it, and to see the different layers of feelings it awakens in them: joy, laughs, but also a profound smile… ”

“Between fantasy and reality, desire to sanity.

A borderline as a walking rope, worshipping a dream.

At the end of a day, trading happiness with pain

Located at the end of each breath
Dancing demon soul that flows into the horizon
On the brink of the abyss.”

— Itzik Galili

Credits

  • Artistic Direction: Louis Robitaille
  • Choreography: Itzik Galili
  • Music: Pérez Prado
  • Lighting: Itzik Galili
  • Costumes designer: Itzik Galili
  • Costumes maker: Anne-Marie Veevaete

World Premiere: September 2016, L’Assomption, Québec, Canada
Length: 23 minutes


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Soul / Andonis Foniadakis

Territory represented: Québec

For his third collaboration with the company, Andonis Foniadakis offers a deeply sensual duet set to the heady vibrations of Ball and Chain, a song originally written and recorded by Big Mama Thornton and later made popular by Janis Joplin. For this BJM creation, Ball and Chain is re-interpreted by the haunting vocals of Quebec’s flamboyant blues artist, Angel Forrest. The BJM duo’s exhilarating force and fluidity bring palpable meaning to this anthological song, delivering a performance pulsating with pure energy and staggering physical power. A creation bearing all the distinctive hallmarks of the choreographer and BJM.

Child, the living’s easy.” Walk on the wild side. On the edge. Keep walking on it. Live your life to the fullest. To the extreme. To the crazy life. Climb the stairway to heaven. Like there’s no tomorrow. Don’t hold back. Save nothing for later. Life fast and die young. You’re a legend. Andonis Foniadakis

Credits

  • Artistic Direction: Louis Robitaille
  • Choreography: Andonis Foniadakis
  • Artists: Céline Cassone and Jayson Syrette
  • Music: Ball and Chain interpreted by Angel Forrest with Sylvain Coulombe, Alec McElcheran
    and Ricky Paquette.
  • Lighting Design and Production: Mikki Kunttu
  • Costume Design: Andonis Foniadakis
  • Costume Production: Anne-Marie Veevaete

World Premiere: December 11th, 2018, Chartres, France
Length: 8:30 minutes

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