BJM Dance Me Blu-Ray (Long Description)
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (affectionately known as BJM) was one of Leonard’s favourite dance companies. In 2015, artistic director Louis Robitaille approached Leonard for rights to provide a modern ballet based on Leonard’s words and music. Leonard granted the rights and whether by coincidence or grand design, the ballet, Dance Me, premiered in Montreal during the memorial month celebrating the first anniversary of Leonard’s death.
Leonard always said that his concerts had a theatrical quality. Through the bold dramaturgy of Eric Jean, and the inspired choreography from three internationally renowned choreographers, Andonis Foniadakis, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Ihsan Rustem, the BJM performance honours Leonard’s words and music in the grand tradition of dance and theatre. Fourteen members of the BJM company bring 16 songs to life with dance, costume, lighting and effects combining into an emotional theatrical experience.
BJM has toured the Dance Me work throughout the world to acclaimed reviews and sold out audiences. The Cohen Estate agreed to allow the show to be recorded for a one night only live broadcast to a small number of theatres in Quebec.
Directed by François Lamoureux, this extraordinary video recording has never before been released.
It is available exclusively through UHPF so that all proceeds support the arts in Canada, and dance is among the arts most in need of support.
“Everything about this show is a class act. The speed and risk of the choreography. The brilliant athleticism of the fourteen dancers. The clever black and white motif of the scenography, lighting and costumes… Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me is clever, oblique, and experiential. It washes over you like a shower of song and thought. It belongs in the pantheon of Canadian dance treasures.” -- Ludwig Van Toronto
“Dance Me, the riveting new Leonard Cohen-inspired piece by Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, is a grandly executed hodgepodge of performance art that pushes the entertainment value of contemporary dance closer to the level of a rock concert or big-budget musical. The 80-minute, no-intermission piece is built on a lovingly assembled playlist of Cohen’s songs, old and new, including his biggest hits and some poetry, with a couple of interesting live versions reminding us of the vitality of his live performances… Dance Me is an expertly executed evening of entertainment, highlighted by a wonderful soundtrack and a jaw-dropping level of athleticism.” -- Ottawa Citizen
“Dance Me . . inspired unwavering emotional engagement.” -- The Gateway (Univ. of Alberta)