Penn Live Arts Blog / January 2024

The high-spirited and charismatic Ballets Jazz Montréal returns Feb 9-10 with two premieres

Posted January 31, 2024

Expect to fall in love when Quebec’s ambassador of contemporary dance, Ballets Jazz Montréal (BJM), one of the world’s most loved touring companies, returns to our stage with two premieres and a reimagined work on Feb 9-10. The company’s explosive, powerful, hauntingly beautiful and, at times, strange dances created by international choreographers have dazzled and excited audiences in 3,250 performances in 60 countries for half a century. However, its greatest asset is the dancers’ effervescent, joyful and feel-good style as they effortlessly display their virtuosity and versatility. Le Soleil Quebec City shared that "the dancers are the real strength of this company. Each of them stands out for his or her strength, flexibility, and charisma. What we were shown put the human at the center of the work ... which sets BJM apart from other companies." Read more...

5 Questions with Chris Lashua

Posted January 16, 2024

On Jan 28, the daredevil acrobats of Cirque Mechanics return to our stage with more “high-flying, free-wheeling fun” (Omaha World-Herald) in the Philadelphia premiere of Zephyr. For today’s 5 Questions feature, we connected with Cirque Mechanics’ Founder and Creative Director Chris Lashua, who shares some insight into his career, the company’s work and what audiences can expect from Zephyr. Read more...