The Joyce Theater Foundation Reschedules LES BALLETS JAZZ de MONTREAL for 12/13-15
The Joyce Theater Foundation announced today that it has successfully rescheduled Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal to return for four performances December 13 – 15, after its original Joyce engagement this season was canceled due to the power and transportation outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. As previously announced, the program will include new works by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, former Batsheva resident choreographer Barak Marshall, and celebrated Chinese choreographer Wen Wei Wang. Tickets are $10*-$49 ($26-$37 for Joyce members) and can be arranged by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or online at www.joyce.org. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. (*$10 tickets have been made available by generous support from the MetLife Foundation.) The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street.
After more than five years – and a canceled engagement last month due to Hurricane Sandy – Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal (BJM) returns to The Joyce Theater with three new works. Night Box, by the provocative Chinese choreographer Wen Wei Wang, is a high-voltage piece that takes on the sounds, rhythms and music of the city. Combining contemporary ballet with street dance, the work explores love, loss, sexuality and joy. Wen Wei Wang collaborates with Montreal fashion design duo UNTTLD to reveal the full spectrum of the city at night-its private spaces, clubs, and streets-against a backdrop of darkness that bathes these spaces in light to evoke a refreshing perspective inspired by urban street life. The program also includes Harry, created by internationally acclaimed Israeli choreographer Barak Marshall, a new work which examines the internal battles we all face. The piece centers around the character of Harry, who struggles to overcome forces both physical and existential. Teeming with energy, Harry underscores a recurrent theme in human interactions: conflicts and our ability to overcome them. Set to a score of jazz, Israeli folksongs and traditional music, the work features alternating group sequences, trios and duets in a fabulous extravaganza of dance. Zero in On, by Cayetano Soto, a highly technical, innovative and intimate pas de deux highlighting the Spanish choreographer's energetic style, completes the program.
Based in Munich and born in Spain in 1975, Cayetano Soto started his dance education in his hometown Barcelona at the Instituto del Teatro and continued his studies at the Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag. After receiving his degree, Soto danced with IT Dansa in Barcelona before joining the Ballet Theater Munich. Soto has set works on companies around the world such as the Ballet of the Staatstheater Braunschweig, Northwest Pacific Dance Project in Portland, Oregon, the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet da Cidade in Sao Paulo, Augsburg Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet Munich, Introdans and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, among others. Currenty Cayetano Soto is working for Ballet Perm in Russia.
WEN WEI WANG
Wen Wei Wang began dancing at an early age in China, where he was born and raised, and trained and danced professionally with the Langzhou Song and Dance Company. In 1991, he joined the Judith Marcuse Dance Company in Canada, after which he danced with Ballet British Columbia for seven years. Since 2003, he has served as Artistic Director of Wen Wei Dance. Wen Wei is the recipient of many awards such as the 2000 Clifford E. Lee Choreographic Award and the 2006 Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography (Unbound). In addition to his works for Wen Wei Dance, he has choreographed for the Alberta Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, Dancers Dancing, North West Dance Projects in Portland and, most recently, Vancouver Opera's production of Nixon in China.
Barak Marshall was born in the Los Angeles. In 1994, after studying social theory and philosophy at Harvard University, he immigrated to Israel, where he began a successful career as a choreographer and singer. He was the house choreographer for the Batsheva Dance Company from 1999-2001. As a singer, he has performed with numerous ensembles including a guest performance with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project. Marshall recently received the prestigious Creative Capital Grant for his new music production, Symphony of Tin Cans, with Margalit Oved and the Balkan Beat Box. His work Monger was premiered in October 2008 and toured throughout Israel, Europe, Asia and the United States. His latest work, Rooster, premiered at the Israeli Opera House in November 2009. He presented Rooster on June 2011 at the Berlizo Opera House and Monger on July 2011 at Campo Santo during the Estivales de Perpignan at the Montpellier Danse Festival 2011.
Four rescheduled performances of Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal will be Thursday, December 13 & Friday, December 14 at 8pm and Saturday, December 15 at 2pm & 8pm. Tickets are $10-$49 ($26-$37 for Joyce members) and can be arranged by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or online at www.joyce.org. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street. For more info, please visit