Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal’s "Dance Me" featuring the music of Leonard Cohen. Photo by David Andrako.
November 7, 2016 was a dark day indeed. At 82 and suffering from leukemia, Leonard Cohen died after a fall in his home. The world grieved for the singer-songwriter who probed the raw ingredients of life for truth and meaning. Using a voice that was like pilled satin, he instructed us in love and loss, in god and goodness.
Although Cohen would neither release new music nor grace a stage again, an artist of his caliber never truly dies. He left a legacy that can be rediscovered and engaged with, which is exactly what Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal does with Dance Me. Presented as part of Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, the 80-minute piece acts as homage to Cohen, who, a native of Montréal, approved its conception before his death.
Andonis Foniadakis, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Ihsan Rustem contribute the choreography, which, at its best, reveals the capacity of Cohen’s music for diverse interpretations. Taken as a whole, though, the effect is . . .
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