A delegation from the Consulate General of Canada in Buffalo, N.Y., is expected at Mercyhurst University on Tuesday, April 17, for the world premiere of “Night Box,” a high-voltage piece created by celebrated choreographer Wen Wei Wang for Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (BJM). The internationally renowned repertory company brings its international tour to Erie, one of only two U.S. stops, for a 7:30 p.m. performance in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.
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The visiting delegation, headed by Consul General Marta Moszczenska, will be in Erie for a networking opportunity with local dignitaries and business professionals followed by the world premiere event at Mercyhurst.
Wang’s newest creation, meanwhile, was inspired by urban life, especially as it unfolds at night. Evoking the city through sounds, rhythms, music and an incessant blinking of lights, “Night Box” is a high-voltage work in which love, loss, sexuality and joy are intertwined.
Following the 35-minute premiere work is a piece by Aszure Barton, “Les Chambres Des Jacques.” Barton takes his inspiration from the dancers’ strong personalities in a piece that is characterized as much by its simplicity as by its eccentricity.
BJM was founded in 1972 through the efforts of Genevieve Salbaing and co-founders Eva Von Gencsy and Eddy Toussaint. Artistic Director Louis Robitaille has advanced a company with a distinctive style that works with some of the most prestigious figures in the world of dance.
Tickets are $25 for Gold Circle, $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for youth (12 and under) and Mercyhurst students with ID. Tickets can be purchased by calling 824-3000 or visiting pac.mercyhurst.edu.