Alexander Hille and Céline Cassone perform Closer

Alexander Hille and Céline Cassone perform Closer

Ballet showcases energy, spirit

NANAIMO – Montreal troupe performs at the Port Theatre.

Three works showcase the energy and spirit of exploration for which Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal is known.

The internationally renowned dance company performs the three works – Kosmos, Rouge and Closer – at the Port Theatre Wednesday (Feb. 24), at 7:30 p.m.

Kosmos is characterized by festive energy and a celebration of humanity in all its beauty and creative force. Choreographer Andonis Foniadakis drew inspiration from the world and its frenzied pace of everyday urban life.

Rouge, choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras, is an ode to resilience, a discreet tribute to indigenous people and their musical and cultural legacy.

Closer has been performed on several stages throughout the world and is a vibrant exchange with an intense, yet simple, sensuality – the tension between two bodies.

Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal is a contemporary dance company that presents a hybrid form, combining the aesthetics of classical ballet and other styles of dance. The term “jazz” refers to a “jazzing up” of classical ballet rather than a musical or dance style.

The company is one of Canada’s most popular, presenting more than 3,000 performances in 65 countries.

Tickets for Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal are $60, $54 for members and $25 for students. A pre-show chat is set for 6:45 p.m. in the Harmac Room. Please call 250-754-8550 or visit www.porttheatre.com.

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