Jazzing up classical ballet

Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal will be performing three works at the ACT in Maple Ridge.

Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal will perform three works Sunday at the ACT.

Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal will be bringing its renowned contemporary dance style to the ACT.

The group will be performing three works: Kosmo, Mono Lisa and O Balcao de Amor.

Kosmo is choreographed by Andonis Foniadak and is described as pure, festive energy and a celebration of humanity.

Mono Lisa is choreographed by Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili and is a piece filled with speed, gravity-defying moves and acrobatics executed with breathtaking control.

O Balcao de Amor, by Cuban singer Parez Valdez, is also choreographed by Galili and is a new work that infuses comedic sparks and sensual and charming absurdity that aims to return the audience to its youth with all its hopes and dreams.

Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal is a repertory company that presents a hybrid form of dance, combining the aesthetics of classical ballet while embracing many other styles of dance.

The term ‘jazz’ in the name refers to the ‘jazzing up’ of classical ballet.

The company was founded in 1972 by Geneviève Salbaing, Eva von Gencsy and Eddy Toussaint.

The group has performed almost 3,000 productions in 65 countries around the world.

The theme underlying this recent program is energy.

Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal is coming to the ACT, at 11944 Haney Place, downtown Maple Ridge on Sunday, Oct. 23.

At 6:45 p.m., artistic director Louis Robitaille will host a pre-show talk.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m..

Tickets are $38 for adults, $34 for seniors and $15 for youth.

• For more information, call 604-476-2787 or go to www.theactmapleridge.org.

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