Mixed bill by Kristen Cere, Roddy Doble, Lesley Telford and Cass Mortimer Eipper
The universes of four choreographers find echoes in each other in this audacious mixed bill of contemporary dance, exploring different aspects of our collective and individual subconsciousness. Ultraviolet investigates through different lenses the hidden motives behind our actions. Shedding light on the shadows living within us, dance becomes the vector of radiant revelations.
Vancouver-based artist Lesley Telford explores interconnectivity, the influence we have on others and the influence others have on our individuality. Are we really independent beings?
Principal dancer at the company, Roddy Doble has choreographed a breathtaking pas de deux set on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Marcello concerto.
Canadian choreographer Kristen Céré is interested in the complexity and depth of human emotion. Delightful Disruption attempts to investigate the fragile and dark regions within us longing for light.
Australian choreographer Cass Mortimer Eipper is driven by an exploration of alternate realities. In this first creation for Les Grands Ballets, he reflects on the growing hybridization of beings as digital devices become an extension of humanity.
About the show
Total duration: 1h58, including a 20 minute intermission
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
Costumes: Lesley Telford
Scenography: Yoko Seyama
Lighting: Marc Parent
Duration: 23 minutes
[To beguile] to engage the interest of by or as if by guile; to lead by deception
The creative process of Beguile for Les Grands Ballets, started in 2019 before being interrupted by the pandemic. During this hiatus, Lesley Telford has been inspired by a strong desire to connect with society at large. Through this contemporary dance creation, the choreographer explores our relationships and the vital need we feel to interact with each other.
Choreography: Roddy Doble
Music: Marcello, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Costumes: L’Atelier de costumes des Grands Ballets
Lighting: Pierre Lavoie
Duration: 5 minutes
Principal dancer Roddy Doble has choreographed a breathtaking pas de deux set on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Marcello concerto. Inspired by the music, the piece evokes a loneliness that feels simultaneously rich and desolate, allowing the female character to soar, plummet, and crumble. She is both aided and hindered by the male character, who is more manifestation than being.
Choreography: Kristen Céré
Music: Hildur Guðnadóttir, Poka; Jóhann Jóhannsson, Decyphering; The Han Cloak, Disorder; Jóhann Jóhannsson, Flight from the City; The Han Cloak, Raven’s Lament Costumes: Marija Djordjevic
Sets: Kristen Céré
Duration: 40 minutes
Canadian choreographer Kristen Céré is interested in the complexity and depth of human emotion. Delightful Disruption attempts to investigate the fragile and dark regions within us longing for light. In this intimate piece of contemporary ballet, Céré uses movement to explore a way of navigating through visceral and raw expression while taking a closer look at the shadow within.
“Delightful Disruption is an attempt to investigate the secret regions within us that are longing for light, no matter how tough it is to disclose to ourselves and others. I'd like to look into the difficulties we experience when life appears to be turned upside down, and how unexpected growth, transformation, and beauty emerge from these life disturbances.” - Kristen Céré
Choreography: Cass Mortimer Eipper
Music: original score by James Peter Brown; Teresa Berganza, Alicia Nafé, Yvonne Kenny, London Symphony Orchestra & Claudio Abbado, Carmen, Act 2: Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Carmen, Mercédès, Frasquita)
Costumes and sets: Marija Djordjevic
Duration: 30 minutes
With his first creation for Les Grands Ballets, Cass Mortimer Eipper is driven by an exploration of alternate realities. At the crossroads of biology and digital technology, he invites us to reassess our senses and cognition as we journey through lands made from mismatched bits and pieces. Substrate is one of these re-formed collages, blending futures and pasts. This work explores how hybridized versions of ourselves are merging with the debris of digital archives, that have warped humanity’s modes and methods of interacting.
LES GRANDS BALLETS
Artistic Director: Ivan Cavallari
Executive Director: Marc Lalonde
President Emeritus: Constance V. Pathy, C.M., C.Q., DMus.
Founder: Ludmilla Chiriaeff
Artistic Director Emeritus: Gradimir Pankov