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Ultraviolet | An Audacious Mixed Bill of Contemporary Dance

Ultraviolet | An Audacious Mixed Bill of Contemporary Dance

Ultraviolet | An Audacious Mixed Bill of Contemporary Dance 1

ULTRAVIOLET: Four contemporary choreographers, Kristen Cere, Roddy Doble, Lesley Telford and Cass Mortimer Eipper find echoes in each other – April 27 to May 6, 2023.

The daringly eclectic series of contemporary dance explores facets of our societal and personal subconsciousness, the universes of four choreographers. Through a series of lenses, ultraviolet looks at the hidden intentions that drive our behaviour. Dance serves as the vehicle for brilliant revelations by shedding light on the shadows that reside within us. What to look forward to:

Les Grands Ballets Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko

1- Delightful Disruption, by Kristen Céré

The depth and complexity of human emotion are of interest to the Canadian choreographer Kristen Céré. Delightful Disruption explores the vulnerable, insecure, and hopelessly dark parts of ourselves.

Choreography: Kristen Céré
Music: HildurGuðnadóttir, Poka; Jóhann Jóhannsson, Decyphering, Kangaru, Principle of Least Time, Divine Objects: Pt. 2; The Haxan Cloak, Disorder; Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort, If Music Be the Food of Love, Z.379 by Henry Purcell
Scenography and costumes: Marija Djordjevic
Lighting: François Schirpaz
Duration: 25 minutes

Les Grands Ballets Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko

2- Crater, by Roddy Doble

Roddy Doble, the company’s principal dancer, adapted Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto in D minor (BWV 974) to a magnificent pas de deux that was designed after A. Marcello.

Choreography: Roddy Doble
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach after Alessandro Marcello, Concerto in D minor (BWV 974). Adagio
Costumes: Les Grands Ballets’ Costumes Workshop
Lighting: Pierre Lavoie
Duration: 5 minutes

Les Grands Ballets Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko

3- Beguile, by Lesley Telford

To lead by deceit; [to beguile] to engage the interest of by or as if by guile

Beguile’s artistic development for Les Grands Ballets began in 2019, but was delayed by the outbreak. Lesley Telford has been motivated by a great desire to connect throughout her break. With society at large. The choreographer explores our connections and the essential need we have to interact with one another through this modern dance piece.

Choreography: Lesley Telford
Music: Henry Purcell, King Arthur; John Cage, Apartment House; Johann Sebastian Bach and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Glen Gould Gathering; John Cage, Four 2 (Latvian Radio Choir); Abel Carl Friedrich, Prelude; Henry Purcell, Oedipus; Perfume Genius, I’m a Mother.
Costumes: Lesley Telford
Scenography: Yoko Seyama

Lighting: Marc Parent
Duration: 23 minutes

4- Subtrate, by Cass Mortimer

Cass Mortimer Eipper’s initial work for Les Grands Ballets is motivated by an investigation of alternative realities. He challenges us to reevaluate our senses and cognition as we travel through realms constructed of mismatched parts and pieces at the nexus of biology and digital technology.

One of these reimagined collages that combines the past and the future is called Substrate. This piece investigates how human interaction patterns have been altered by the hybridised versions of ourselves that are fusing with the remains of digital archives.

Choreography: Cass Mortimer Eipper
Original score: James Peter Brown, composer; Teresa Berganza, Alicia Nafé, Yvonne Kenny, London Symphony Orchestra & Claudio Abbado, Carmen, Act 2: Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Carmen, Mercédès, Frasquita) by Georges Bizet
Scenography and costumes: Marija Djordjevic
Duration: 33 minutes

To purchase your tickets click here. Ultraviolet takes place at Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts.

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