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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 21, No. 1 September 2015


by Lucie Renaud / September 1, 2015

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This will be an abundant season for Danse Danse. The National Ballet of Canada is back with an eclectic triple program, which includes the second detail by the great William Forsythe, a rereading of Spectre de la rose by German choreographer Marco Goecke (featuring Québecois dancer Guillaume Côté ) and Chroma, by the British choreographer Wayne McGregor (Oct 1 to 3). For their third year with Danse DanseHofresh Shechter presents the hard-hitting show Sun (Nov 5 to 7). Audiences can also enjoy the recreation of the legendary piece Bagne by Jeff Hall and Pierre-Paul Savoie, an acrodance performance (Oct 21 to 31). Meanwhile, the charismatic José Navas will be performing the North American premiere of Sacre du printemps (Rites of Spring), which will conclude his solo show Rites (Nov 11 to 28). www.dansedanse.ca

There’s a change of scenery this season at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens with Jiří Kylián’s Kaguyahime, a ballet created in 1988 with music of Japanese composer Maki Ishii, supported by Ensemble Kodo. The tale is of the moon princess Kaguya, who rejects all her suitors, with rivalries quickly lead to violence (Oct 15 to 20). www.grandsballets.com

Sylvain Émond Dance celebrates its 25th anniversary featuring the premiere of a new solo show, which will be presented at the company’s benefit evening on November 2 at Circuit-Est. Audiences will also be able to watch excerpts from multiple versions of Grand Continental from as far back as 2009. www.sylvainemard.com

A space for professional development, Tangente - Laboratoire de mouvements contemporains (Laboratory of contemporary movement) offers an eclectic new season. You will probably be left disheveled after the double-header program The Trouble With Reality, an unusual combination of rock’n’roll and contemporary dance, and No Fun, an overdose of sounds and movements with a sexual character (Sep 17 to 20). The waacking becomes anobjet d’art in Phase 1, while Myocarditis uncovers popping, robots and illusion in another double program (Sep 24 to 28). A new voyeuristic piece created by Lara Kramer called Tame will focus on boundaries, desires, constraints and fears relating to freedom of expression (October 28 to 31). www.tangente.qc.ca

What the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) has to offer is particularly interesting this autumn. It is impossible not to be intrigued by Maria Isabel Rondon’s Projet chevelu (“Hairy Project”), a reflection on the intimate relationship we have with our hair, the point of convergence of the personal, the cultural, the social and the sexual (Sep 17 to 19). This, Myself, One After Another reflects on the notions of privacy and identity in the age of the hyperphotography (Oct 1 to 3).From the Pichet Klunchun duo (from Bangkok) and Alvin Tolentino Erasga (Vancouver), comes Unwrapping Culture, a mix of contemporary and traditional Thai dance. The Pichet Klunchun duo and Alvin Tolentino Erasga want an indictment of tradition and modernity (Oct 23 to 24). A rising star of British dance scene, Aakash Odedra will be appearing in Montreal for the first time. Odedra will be performing along with two others, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan (Oct 30 to 31). mai.qc.ca

Translation: Gillian Corbin

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