Montreal Danse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Contact: Diane Turner
Phone: (323) 343-6616
Fax: (323) 343-6423

Date: Oct. 16, 1997

MONTRÉAL DANSE PRESENTS CALIFORNIA PREMIERES--
SUSAN MARSHALL'S LINES FROM MEMORY AND
JOSÉ BESPROSVANY'S CIUDAD DE HIERRO
AT LUCKMAN THEATRE ON NOVEMBER 22

Montréal Danse, one of the top avant-garde dance theatre companies from Canada, presents California premieres of Susan Marshall's Lines from Memory and José Besprosvany's Ciudad de Hierro (City of Iron) at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.50 and $27.50 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. For tickets call the Luckman ticket office at (323) 343-6600 or TicketMaster at (213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878.

Montréal Danse is widely recognized as a storehouse for some of the strongest and most innovative choreography in Canada. Its repertory of pure dance and dance theater is both diverse and experimental.

Susan Marshall's Lines from Memory, with music by Philip Glass, has created a choreography where forces of attraction clash together. In a closed universe, a couple pulls into their world a young woman fascinated by their exclusive relationship. Their wills collide and reveal the essences of the characters. The Village Voice writes, "this is a new sort of work for Marshall--tailor-made for the role-playing skills of the Canadian company. Narrative and dancing interweave so well here because her choreography -- for all its vivid physicality -- never looks like 'dancing,' but like some fundamental, obsessive human activity."

Ciudad de Hierro (City of Iron) vibrates to the sounds of Parisian world music by composer Hughes de Courson with choreography that is lyrical, organic and sensual. In addition to the recorded score, the dancers use debris (oven grills, brake drums, car horns, boxes) to create music from which emerge the scenes of the dance. Solos, duets, trios, quartets and ensemble sections follow one another as the group finds its common ground. Moving from confrontation to harmony, this city of iron unleashes an urban version of ancient rituals. "A particularly successful performance by Montréal Danse...This group is unusual, unnerving at first, but soon fascinating...The dance is round, organic, visceral. It gives to this city of iron a soul, sad and untamed," writes Canada's La Presse.

Montréal Danse stands out as a pioneer with its innovative style, its free spirit and its perpetual movement. It gives carte blanche to rising international choreographers.

Luckman Theatre, part of the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, brings the performing arts of Los Angeles and the world to Southern California.. The Complex, now in its fourth season, is located on the campus of Cal State L.A., Eastern Ave. exit of the I-10 (San Bernardino) at the junction of the I-710 (Long Beach) and I-10 freeways. For additional Luckman information call (323) 343-6610 or access the Luckman through the Cal State L.A. home page at <<www.calstatela.edu>>.

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