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February 13, 2014

Montreal's Place des Arts celebrates Chinese culture

MONTREAL — Unique dance, theater and stage offerings abound in Montreal.

Winding down its Place des Arts run is the Danse Danse presentation of “Get a Revolver” by German choreographer Helena Waldmann. The solo piece explores dementia “showing that, while terrible, it can also be liberating,” says the press release. Waldman created the work in honor of her father, who suffered from dementia for eight years before his death. It’s performed tonight through Saturday. Tickets cost $33.

Next, Danse Danse presents the urban contemporary stylings of dance troupe Abraham.In.Motion with “Pavement” choreographed by Kyle Abraham on March 6 through 8. Tickets cost $29 to $55. At 175 St. Catherine St. W. Call (514) 842-2112 or visit Also visit

Infinitheatre presents “Unseamly,” a world premiere by Montreal playwright Oren Safdie. Inspired by true events, “Unseamly” explores the story of a young woman who seeks legal advice to initiate charges of sexual harassment against her former boss, the CEO of an international clothing company known for its risqué billboards. It continues through March 9 at Infinitheatre at Bain St. Michel, 5300 St. Dominique St. Tickets range from $17 to $25; Feb. 16 is pay-what-you-can. Call (514) 987-1774 or visit

“Spectacular China” at Place des Arts is a six-event showcase of Chinese cultural performances featuring “The Revenge of Prince Zidan,” presented by the Peking Opera, and an OSM Spotlight on China classical performance. Also presented is “Fault Lines,” a modern dance piece inspired by the 2008 Sichuan province earthquake. The work is a collaboration between New Zealand choreographer Sara Brodie and the Chinese Leshan Song and Dance Troupe, whose members mostly hail from the region hit by the quake. “Spectacular China” is presented Feb. 15 through March 1. Visit


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens presents guest dance troupe the National Ballet of Ukraine for a production of “La Bayadere,” an Indian epic of “lush temples, fanciful costumes, Hindu gods” and a vengeful love triangle for the ages. It’s presented at Place des Arts Feb. 20 through 22. Tickets cost $65 to $150.

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