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Ballets Jazz Montreal Unveils Mural for its 50th Anniversary
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Ballets Jazz Montreal Unveils Mural for its 50th Anniversary

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On Tuesday October 19, Ballets Jazz Montreal unveiled an uplifting tribute mural — at 4580 Avenue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville — in the heart of the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood. Created in concert with MU, this artwork by talented visual artist Franco Égalité highlights the world-renowned contemporary dance company’s 50th anniversary and celebrates it reaching this milestone.

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“Hommage à Ballets Jazz Montréal” (2021) | © Olivier Bousquet

Belonging alongside the works of great artists, the mural crafted by Franco E. consists of five dancers in ecstatic movement who seem to be floating up towards a beaconing sun.

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With a stroke of a brush, Franco E. paints his latest artwork | © Olivier Bousquet

Combining forms in motion with minimalist compositions, the Montreal artist skillfully explores different aspects of the body, light and colour theory, enabling him to express complex feelings and ideas.

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“Your body and your soul can only reach heights if you let them encounter and dance with each other” – Franco E. | © Olivier Bousquet

This vivid mural is the 25th piece of street art in the growing Tribute to Montreal’s Great Artists series, an award-winning initiative launched in 2010 by MU, a mural arts organization seeking to transform Montreal into an open-air museum.

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BJM & MU Mural Unveiling Celebration! | © Olivier Bousquet

The inclusive project aims to recognize and highlight the invaluable contributions made by the city’s artists in various fields. More than 20 Montreal legends have been featured to date, including Leonard Cohen, Alanis Obomsawin, Oscar Peterson and many others.

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“Tower of Songs”: the Leonard Cohen Crescent Street Mural (2017) | © Ombrages / J.F. Savaria

Fueled by the success of Dance Me, a tribute to Leonard Cohen, the Ballets Jazz Montreal company will mark the start of its 50th season, on November 2, 2021, by presenting its brand-new show VANISHING MÉLODIES – Music by Patrick Watson at Théâtre Maisonneuve in Place des Arts. The rest of the programming to celebrate the 50th anniversary will be announced in the coming months. So stay tuned!

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A scene from Vanishing Mélodies | © Sasha Onyshchenko

Here is what you need to know about the Ballets Jazz Montreal Tribute Mural

Name: Hommage à Ballets Jazz Montréal
Location: 4580 Av. de Hôtel-de-Ville, Montréal, QC H2T 2B1
Creator: Franco Égalité with the assistance of Zoë Gelfant
Production: MU
Initiative: BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
Partners: Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, OMHM, Benjamin Moore, and Accès Location +
Date of completion: October 19, 2021

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