Centaur Theatre presents the North American premiere of DANCE ME TO THE END ON/OFF LOVE by the world renowned Granhøj Dans company based in Aarhus, Denmark.
Created by the company's Artistic Director, Palle Granhøj, in close collaboration with the performers and Visual Designer, Per Victor, the award-winning production explores the architecture of the body and abandons itself to the sensual and sorrowful music of Dance Me to the End of Love and other songs by the legendary Leonard Cohen.
"When I saw the show in Amsterdam, I was spellbound by the passion, melancholy and evocative musicality that define this breathtakingly imaginative production. I couldn't resist their unique renditions of some of my favorite Cohen songs and the way that text, dance, theatre, and both humorous and sensual imagery blended so beautifully. It's a highly unique and evocative performance piece. I immediately invited Granhøj Dans to Montreal," says Centaur's Artistic and Executive Director Roy Surette.
Palle Granhøj has been lauded by international critics for his unique theatrical dance technique which restricts movement in order to create new forms of expression. His ground-breaking work has been described as 'magical' and 'touching stage language'.
"The starting point in DANCE ME TO THE END ON/OFF LOVE is the Obstruction Technique that I have developed through the last 20 years. My method places restrictions on the actions of the performers. This reshapes their movements and unlocks inner layers of their personalities, revealing the pain and joy of being human. Also the words are used in this performance as a kind of obstruction," explains Palle Granhøj who also performs the central role in the production.
A professional dancer since 1986, Granhøj worked with numerous internationally acclaimed choreographers before he founded Granhøj Dans in 1990. The multi-award winning company has toured extensively around the world.
Performing the North American premiere of DANCE ME TO THE END ON/OFF LOVE in Leonard Cohen's native city of Montreal is a professional highpoint for Palle Granhøj and his company. The raison-d'être of this inspired creation has finally come full circle.
Thursday-Evening Chat-up in collaboration with The Gazette Join host David Johnston, The Gazette's Communities Editor as he speaks with Bernie Perusse, The Gazette's music critic, and Montreal recording artist Nadine Neemeh. Mr. Perusse will speak about meeting Leonard Cohen in a private listening session in Los Angeles, while NEeMA will talk about her friendship and professional collaboration with the famous Montreal singer. April 4, 2013 @ 7pm Seagram Gallery - FREE.
Tonight, March 19 - Sunday, April 14, 2013
Previews: Tuesday March 19 and Wednesday March 20, 2013 - 8:00PM Opening Night: Thursday March 21, 2013 - 8:00PM
Tuesday to Saturday - 8:00PM Except Tuesday April 9, 2013
Saturday - Sunday Matinees- 2:00PM Except Sunday March 31, 2013 - 7:00PM Wednesday Matinee - April 3, 2013 - 1:00PM
Closing Performance - Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 7:00PM