Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie: In Paradisum
Lauren E.M. Chin
Michael Sean Marye
Showplace Performance Centre: 290 George St N, Peterborough
January 24, 2010
$38; $25 students, seniors, underwaged. Available at Showplace Performance Centre Box Office, (705) 742-7469. showplace.org
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Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie
Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie make their long-awaited return to Peterborough with another program of classic masterworks by James Kudelka on January 24, 2010.
‘In Paradisum’ is an unforgettable evening of masterworks by one of Canada’s greatest choreographers, James Kudelka. For those lucky enough to attend the Coleman Lemieux & Co program of Kudelka work which premiered in 2006 at a sold-out Showplace Performance Centre, this will be a chance to revisit the best work from that program – Fifteen Heterosexual Duets (1991) and Soudain, l’hiver dernier (1987) – and see a new remount of one of his most acclaimed works, In Paradisum (1983). These dances have been performed by Coleman Lemieux & Co around the world to great acclaim over the past 4 years – from New York City and Santa Barbara to Beijing and Mongolia. Don’t miss this opportunity to welcome 13 dancers of CLC back to Peterborough.
The program begins with 11 dancers performing Fifteen Heterosexual Duets. One of Kudelka’s most celebrated works, a heart-pounding experience of split-second timing and complex partnering set to Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata. Watching CLC perform the work in 2009, Deborah Jowitt of the Village Voice had this to say: “Each duet stands out in some way…Tender, thoughtful, or carried away, the dancers make the work glow.”
The program’s middle piece is the haunting, poignant Soudain, l’hiver dernier, a delicate duet that leaves the spectator “spellbound by the emotional drama on the stage” (The Gazette, Montreal).
Ending the program is In Paradisum, described by The New York Times as a “maelstrom of anguish, grief and acceptance.” Dedicated to the memory of his mother, In Paradisum is a swirling, hypnotic work performed by 9 dancers that displays Kudelka’s trademark combination of quick and intricate movement with raw emotional power.
Formed in 2000, Coleman Lemieux & Co (CLC) has taken the Canadian dance scene by storm, often literally: the company is as well known for creating large-scale epic out door works in rural and urban settings as it is for touring to the world’s leading theatres. CLC’s relationship with James Kudelka is testimony to how far it has come since being founded by the husband and wife team of Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux. Not only is CLC the company Kudelka has chosen to remount many of his greatest contemporary dances, it is also the company for which he steadily creates new work. Peterborough audiences well remember the world premiere in 2006 of the Kudelka/Taylor Project, performed with counter-tenor Daniel Taylor, at Showplace. CLC’s reconstruction of Kudelka’s FifteenHeterosexual Duets was documented in a book published by Canada’s specialty dance press, Dance Collection Danse, also in 2006.
The public is invited to experience dancemaking first hand at a special pre-show soiree. Enter the theatre to view last-minute preparations on stage and hear from the artistic directors about working with James Kudelka. Enjoy an array of gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Black Honey with live music from Aaron Hoffman-and have your choice of the best seat in the house.
Nagamaki: marinated flank steak wrapped around blanched asparagus
Brie & Praline Phyllo Purses with coulis dip
Jerk Chicken Skewers with Cool Mango Dip
Cajun Pork Kebabs with Blue Cheese Dip
Black Olive Foccacia with Rosemary Olive Oil Dip
Crudités & Roasted Garlic Dip
Fresh Roasted Coffee with whipped cream, chocolate shavings & choice of following syrups:
Tickets are $100, including your show ticket for In Paradisum and a $50 charitable tax receipt. For details call Laurel at 705-745 1788
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (CLC), led by the husband-and-wife team of Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux, is one of Canada’s most accomplished and innovative dance organizations, known for its original stage productions, its reconstructions of major modern dance works, its collaborations with avant garde composers and visual artists, and its ground-breaking community-based events. Coleman Lemieux & Co has been featured in television specials in Canada and Russia and has been the subject of seven films, including Feel The Earth Move, an account of the company’s 2-week residency in Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park, where the company created an outdoor dance spectacle in fishing villages and seaside cliffs. www.colemanlemieux.com
James Kudelka is a prolific artist who expertly and effortlessly blends classical and modern dance. Resident choreographer and artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada from 1996 to 2005, creator of over seventy dances for companies and artists as diverse as the San Francisco Ballet, the American Ballet Theater, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Margie Gillis and Peggy Baker, Kudelka is considered “internationally as the leading Canadian ballet choreographer of his generation. He has evolved a unique style that draws from both classical ballet and modern dance to produce works of unusual technical inventiveness and emotional power.” Michael Crabb, The Canadian Encylclopedia Kudelka.