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Author:  Marie [ Thu Feb 21, 2002 6:56 am ]
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Rebecca Todd - The Eye, 02.21.02:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>LES BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTREAL ****</B><P>The fourth star in the rating above is for the dancers. <P>But the choreography in this program is uneven in places -- perhaps because the company's other mandate is to nurture young choreographers.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><B>more...</B><BR>Scroll to middle of page for review<BR>

Author:  Marie [ Thu Feb 21, 2002 7:19 am ]
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PAULA CITRON - Globe & Mail, 02.21.02:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Jazzed-up ballet's sexier direction</B><P>Under artistic director, Louis Robitaille, who was appointed in 1998, the company has broadened its definition of jazz music, widening the horizons of jazz dance to include contemporary ballet. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>To read more search PAULA CITRON in the <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>Globe & Mail's</A> 7 Day Search<BR>

Author:  Marie [ Sat Feb 23, 2002 7:09 am ]
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Michael Crabb - National Post, 02.22.02:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Ballet and jazz as they should be</B><BR>NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA (HUMMINGBIRD CENTRE) AND LES BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTREAL (HARBOURFRONT)<P>Les Ballets Jazz always promised crackerjack dancing. It still does. What's new is an emphasis on choreographic adventure and sophistication.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><B>more...</B><BR>(scroll down review for Les Ballet Jazz)<BR>

Author:  Marie [ Thu Mar 28, 2002 12:29 pm ]
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Image <P>Marites Carino - Montreal Mirror, March 28 - April 4, 2002:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>One-minute moves </B><P>Imagine seeing 23 mini-choreographies in the same number of minutes. This is the concept behind Short Works: 23 by Crystal Pite, the resident choreographer at Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I'm really looking forward to seeing Pite's work next week at <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>Espace Go</A>, I have the feeling this will be a 'dancers' show, one of those events where if you're a dancer you end up twitching around in your seat because you're so drawn in by what's happening on stage. <P><BR>[Edited to remove dead link.]<p>[This message has been edited by Marie (edited April 05, 2002).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Mar 28, 2002 12:52 pm ]
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I saw a video of one of Pite's workshop pieces for Ballett Frankfurt. There was a strong fantasy element to the first part, which I'm told is part of her make-up. As the image above shows she enjoys playing with space and has a facility for it. The second part of the workshop piece was a fine, emotionally intense duet. Of course having it all performed by the Ballett Frankfurt dancers helped matters along nicely. <P>Looking forward to hearing your views Marie. Hope the company is still on a roll.<p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited March 28, 2002).]

Author:  Marie [ Sat Mar 30, 2002 8:19 am ]
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VICTOR SWOBODA - Montreal Gazette, March 30, 2002:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Band of jazz-ballet firebrands</B><BR>Troupe that 'took off like a forest fire' marks milestone with hot new show<P>Baby, you've come a long way. On Wednesday, that burning ball of globetrotting fire, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a four-work program called Light-Time-Open Space II at Théâtre Espace Go. Invited on opening night of the two-week run are as many former company members as could be located, along with company founders Geneviève Salbaing and Eva von Gencsy. It should be jazz hot.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>[url={70C8FA2C-0062-45A2-B8C8-80602BF6568E}]<B>more...</B>[/url]

Author:  Marie [ Fri Apr 05, 2002 7:54 am ]
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Philip Szporer - Montreal Mirror, 2002/04/04 :<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>For Pite's sake </B><BR>Les Ballets jazz de Montréal in lock step with new choreographer <P>By all reports, watching Crystal Pite move, invading the space, is something incredible to see. And in conversation, even on the line from her home in Vancouver, her openness and humour is refreshing. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><B>more...</B><P>

Author:  Marie [ Sat Apr 06, 2002 7:56 am ]
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Image <P>Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal<BR>"Light – Time – Open Space II" – celebrating 30 years of dance. <BR>Théâtre Espace Go, Montréal<BR>April 3, 2002<P>It hardly seems possible that thirty years have passed since dancer and choreographer Genevieve Salbaing, along with Eva von Gencsy and Eddy Toussaint, founded Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. LBJM has a history of combining ballet, modern dance and jazz—with a heavy emphasis on the latter. With works by five different choreographers on the bill, this diverse program exemplifies Artistic Director Louis Robitaille's mission to establish "fresh vision and inspiration" for the company. <P>The opening piece, Mia Michael's "Regressing Forward," is a solo set on the captivating Chèrice Barton. An homage to the early '80's, it evoked video vixens like Pat Benatar and Toni Basil. Sprawled on big black bean bag chair, Barton writhes with a video camera in hand. The small television set behind her displays close ups of her glossy red lips which adds to the overall retro feel of the piece. Thankfully Barton is one heck of a dancer who more than made up for the technical glitch of the video being incorrectly synched to the performance. Because unfortunately this gave away the disappointing fact that the video wasn't being projected in real time. <P>The use of video was much more successful in the retrospective of the company that followed. The rehearsal and performance clips were a real blast from the past. What a riot it was to see how much dancewear has changed over the past 30 years—it's certainly not as sexy as it was in the 1970's! Oh, the heady days of shirtless men in tight bellbottom jazz pants and slinky women in shiny lycra leos with high cut legs. And the moves—pliés in wide second position with arms circling, grands jétes with arms lifted into big V’s, fingers splayed, heads thrown back. What really stood out in the video montage was how utterly joyous the company has been over the years, the dancers seem to be completely in love with the freedom to move uninhibitedly, to experience movement for movement's sake in the Ballets-Jazz' luscious style.<P>That light-hearted feeling was further advanced in Trey McIntyre's "Blue Until June." Set to swing and blues selections recorded by Etta James, the ensemble is as clean as a whistle. The dancers move through the different sections with exquisite precision. In spite of that fact that this kind of easy, breezy choreography isn't usually my cup of tea I couldn't help but be drawn in by the skill of the performers. McIntyre's take on simpler times did have some nice twists; I appreciated his sly variations on gender roles and relations. <P>Crystal Pite's "Short Works: 23" is a series of vignettes which keep the action on stage fresh. They're woven together with a big dollop of humour and just a pinch of Forsythe for good measure (via the angled extremities, in particular). The bumbling men in toques and their counterparts of ditzy women in blonde bobbed wigs provide some comic moments but don't dominate the work or overshadow Pite's choreographic skills, particularly in how she moves groups on and off stage and in her arrangements of performers in the space. This piece was the highlight of the program for me, perhaps because it wasn't your standard jazz fare. Pite's play with rhythm and timing offers her choreography a measure of complexity and it certainly stretches the definition of what fits into the company's repertoire.<P>"Tequila Shots" is a solo choreographed by Charlotte M. Griffin. Lourdes Gracia lurches to some sorrowful my-man-done-me-wrong crooning by Patsy Cline. She is fantastic as the woman scorned, ending her long and winding trail across the stage in a face down position. If only we were all as delightful as Gracia—and had such amazing extensions—in a drunken state. Something to work on... <P>Patrick Delcroix's "Sous le rythme, je" has a tribal feeling; five women with percussion instruments are elevated on a riser behind the men on stage. The women bang out a score, howling and wailing intermittently while the men huff and puff below. When the men form a circle and thump the ground in various rhythms the women perform from above, and later they join the men below. The group performed the piece well but from my perspective it didn’t break any ground choreographically. The use of levels was inventive but I grew tired of the percussion and vocalising. This piece doesn't really capitalize on the talents of the company’s brilliant dancers who aren't very interesting or skilled percussionists. <P>Today's dancers of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal really pull all out all the stops in performance. They may not be wearing shiny spandex, but they're as hot as their counterparts were 30 years ago. Here's to the next 30.<P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Marie (edited April 06, 2002).]

Author:  Marie [ Sat May 25, 2002 10:12 am ]
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KATHRYN GREENAWAY - Montreal Gazette, May 25, 2002:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Dancing out of a suitcase<BR>Les Ballets Jazz celebrates 30 years of life on the road as a touring troupe</B><P>Les Ballets Jazz de MontrÈal has spent three decades touring the world - visiting 58 countries on five continents and performing more than 2,000 shows before close to 2 million spectators. Lugging suitcases and Maalox, dancers and touring staff have luxuriated in the best and endured the worst performance conditions more often than possibly any other dance company in Canada.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>[url={B8E9B690-5D43-41ED-84CF-8FEFAB7CBC51}]<B>more...</B>[/url]<P>

Author:  kurinuku [ Sat Sep 04, 2004 2:31 am ]
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Stolen thunder
Crystal Pite lifts BJM up high

The Hour
September 2, 2004

The colourful, exuberant Ballets Jazz de Montréal may be a perennial favourite with audiences, but in many ways it's a newly tuned company, sporting a new name - bjm_danse - and some stunning new wares.

Author:  kurinuku [ Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:30 am ]
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Captivating choreography

BJMdanse's return to Bangkok in 2005 may create a mini-quake as dynamite dancers manoeuvre zippy footwork in Mapa. The movements are based on Brazilian tribal dance forms that have been melded together by Brazilian choreographer, Rodrigo Pederneiras. This piece is also a posthumous tribute to its composer Marco Antonio Pena Araujo.

Author:  ncgnet [ Sat Mar 31, 2007 6:43 am ]
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From Thea Singer in the Boston Globe:
A world of wonder from Les Ballets
What is it about Aszure Barton’s “Les Chambres des Jacques” (2006) -- performed last night by the impeccable Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal -- that brings a catch to my throat and a quickening to my brain?
Go here to find out....

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Mar 31, 2007 7:40 am ]
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It's a few years, maybe a decade, since Les Ballets came to London. I was impressed and the company had already gone a long way beyond pure Jazz dance. I look forward to this dynamic group of great movers returning to the UK

Author:  ncgnet [ Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:09 am ]
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The middle part of Marcia Siegel's Boston Phoenix article is about Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal:
Eifman’s Seagull, plus [bjm_danse] and Susan Marshall
Exaggeration and simplified discourse seem to be the favorite ways of getting the audience’s attention these days. Even the new logo of Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal — [bjm_danse] — represents a mannered identity. The two works at the ICA theater last weekend, sponsored by CRASHarts, both served highly flavored portions of style.


Author:  Francis Timlin [ Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:12 pm ]
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In the Montreal Gazette, Victor Swoboda previews Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal's 40th Anniversary program at the Theatre Maisonneuve, September 27-29, 2012.

Montreal Gazette

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