Leonard Cohen’s Songs Become Modern Dance at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on July 6

Photo via Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal


    A legendary poet and songwriter’s work will be transformed into dance.

    “Dance Me,” Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal’s tribute to the late performer Leonard Cohen, is taking place at the Prospect Park Bandshell on July 6 as part of the annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.

    Using a vast selection of Cohen’s songs, the performance is meant to evoke five seasons in “the cycles of human existence,” according to the company. It was commissioned before Cohen’s death and signed off with his blessing.

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    Photo via Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

    “Dance Me” premiered in Montreal last year, where the group is based and also the birthplace of Cohen. The title of the performance is a reference to one of Cohen’s most popular songs, “Dance Me to the End of Love.”

    Andonis Foniadakis, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Ihsan Rustem collaborated on the choreography. The performance in Brooklyn will be the show’s American premiere.

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    The show is free. Gates open at 7 p.m. with a start time of 8 p.m. For more information on the performance, or other events included in the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, click here.

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