Last presented by DanceHouse in 2013, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (BJM) returns with a triple bill featuring Rouge, choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras of the Brazilian company Grupo Corpo, Kosmos choreographed by Greek artist Andonis Foniadakis and Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili’s Mono Lisa.
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There’s been a buzz around BJM, as Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal is known, under Louis Robitaille’s direction. The “jazzing up” goes beyond classical ballet: as in many contemporary companies, BJM dancers work with choreographers from around the world whose movement vocabularies are wide. The three pieces presented on a recent visit to Vancouver, part of BJM’s 40th anniversary season, showcase that range.