Last Friday, I had the extreme pleasure to see Préludes, the newest performance from Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. This ballet features two representations: Dim Light of Dawn, a reflection on romanticism choreographed by Ken Ossola and Re-II by Shen Wei, a self-discovery and spiritual journey.
Dim Light of Dawn is a breathtaking and passionate tribute to famous Russian compositor and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. Swiss choreographer Ken Ossola offers a contemplation of light and darkness in a stunning performance filled with lyrical emotions and romanticism. The dancers sublime Rachmaninoff’s music through perfect execution of graceful, delicate and yet very precise movements of great strength.
Dim Light of Dawn’s refined aesthetic and scenography is magnificent. The continuous entrancing and alluring play of light distinguish the temporal changes of the day. Tones of orange, white, grey and black complemented by a beautiful minimalist decor of trees and stars add to the beauty of Ossola’s choreography. The dancers’ costumes also go in pair with the minimalist decor. They pay tribute to the dancers, highlighting every line and curve of their bodies. This ballet was extremely impressive and beautiful; the performances and the sequences were incredibly powerful, elegant and of great technique, which allowed me to appreciate the real beauty of this art.
The second part of Préludes, Re-II, is a more contemporary ballet grounded in the present. Shen Wei reflects his impressions of his visit to the Temple of Angkor Wat, in Cambodia. Images and sounds of the land, the trees, the children, the temple and the culture are represented in this beautiful performance. This ballet is presented in two acts. The first one represents the urban life and the nature in Cambodia, whereas the second part takes place inside the temple where serenity, purity and beauty are put forward. Rich costumes and decor (designed by Shen Wei himself) coloured Wei’s universe as the dancers beautifully put his reflections to life through beautifully executed movements.
Préludes is a wonderful two-part ballet, one representation focused on romanticism, passion and tenderness while the other is a reflection on a self-discovery journey. Préludes is taking the stage at the Théâtre Maisonneuve at Places des Arts from March 10 to March 19. I highly suggest you to go see it as you will be immersed in a wonderful lyrical world!
Photo credits: Veronyc Vachon & Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal