Ballets Jazz Montréal


2022-08-11 19:30 2022-08-12 21:30 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Ballets Jazz Montréal

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In a program that pays homage to the company’s 50-years of dance and at the same time acts as a springboard for new artistic vision; Ballets Jazz Montréal has curated a triple bill program that strikes a balance between the company’s DNA and the evolution of its mission. The three works that make up ESSENCE include: We Can’t Forget About What’s His Name, a new creation by Ausia Jones that explores concepts of time, community, togetherness and isolation. Followed...

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Babs Asper Theatre,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
August 11 - 12, 2022

≈ 1 hour and 30 minutes · With intermission

As part of its 50th Anniversary season, Ballets Jazz Montréal has curated a Triple Bill that includes We Can’t Forget About What’s His Name, a new creation by company member, Ausia Jones, Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue by Crystal Pite, and Les Chambres des Jacques by Aszure Barton. The landmark anniversary program pays homage to the company’s roots but also serves as a springboard for a new artistic vision – a balance between the company’s DNA and the evolution of its mission into the next half-century.



Last updated: August 11, 2022

Choreography: Crystal Pite
Stager: Cindy Salgado
Music: Solaris par Cliff Martinez
Lighting Design: Jim French
Costume Design: Linda Chow
World Premiere: January 10, 2008, New York, United States
Duration: 14 minutes


Choreography: Ausia Jones
Music: Jasper Gahunia
Lighting Design: Claude Plante
World Premiere: August 6, 2022, Saint-Sauveur, Canada
Duration: 22 minutes


Choreography: Aszure Barton
Assistant to the choreographer: Andrew Murdock
Music: Gilles Vigneault, Antonio Vivaldi, Les Yeux Noirs, The Cracow Klezmer Band & Alberto Iglesias
Lighting: Daniel Ranger
Revised Costume Design: Rémi Van Bochove
World Premiere: October 27, 2006, Albany, United States
Duration: 36 minutes

Breaking Boundaries

Throughout its history, the company hasn’t been afraid to explore new ideas and ways of moving. Moreover, the company’s high calibre dancers have used their distinct personalities to bring life to the movement and stories evolving on stage. This fearless vulnerability and humanity are what have allowed the company to connect to their audiences and how audiences have been able to see themselves in the artists. Standing in this truth, this program is symbolic and contains voices that are capable of driving Ballets Jazz Montréal forward.

Ms. Damiani’s kinetic response to the work of Aszure Barton and Crystal Pite was an indicator that these artists – whose talent was cultivated by Ballets Jazz Montréal at the beginning of their choreographic careers – are the perfect ambassadors for the company. Innovative, sensual, human, complex – the work by these prolific choreographers, who constantly use their voices and platform to explore and push against their limits, also moves the milieu forward. They challenge. They go beyond. They refused to settle for safe.

In order to complement these two established artistic voices, Damiani had a strong desire to cultivate emerging talent similar to Ballets Jazz Montréal founder, Geneviève Salbaing. Having been mentored by William Forsythe, company member Ausia Jones has a choreographic voice that reflects her generation - confident, witty, spontaneous, informed. Her movement language offers the audience another perspective during this evening - one that is inspired by diverse movement languages, groove, and counterpoint. The company will step onto the stage for the next 50 years taking these distinct voices with them – ones that are alive, adapting, listening, reacting, innovating, and evolving. This is the DNA of Ballets Jazz Montréal and the ESSENCE of this program.


Ballets Jazz Montréal thanks the Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Foundation for supporting this creation.


Gustavo Barros
Yosmell Calderon
John Canfield,
Diana Cedeno
Astrid Dangeard
Hannah Kate Galbraith

Shanna Irwin
Ausia Jones
Austin Lichty
Marcel Mejia
Andrew Mikhaiel
Eden Solomon