- The Citadel
Voted Eye Weekly’s Best Live Music and a Toronto Star Top Ten dance event of 2008
Choreographer: Bill Coleman
Musique: The Sun Ra Arkestra
Music: 15 musicians and 7 Dancers on stage
Duration: 70 min
Flexible Work – Contact the company if you are interested.
A wildly theatrical, one-of-a-kind celebration by the legendary 15-piece Sun Ra Arkestra and the internationally acclaimed dancers of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie.
With choreography by Bill Coleman and musical direction by Marshall Allen, Hymn to the Universe is a 70-minute concert and show featuring big-band standards, cosmic tap dancing, sumptuous visual creations and Sun Ra’s most captivating original songs.
Sun Ra, according to Rolling Stone Magazine, is “the missing link between Duke Ellington and Public Enemy” and Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie are “taking dance to places it has never been before”
– Toronto Star
Together, they create “staggering coup de théâtre ”and “magic moments when music and dance came together as different dimensions of a similar thought”
– Globe and Mail
“This wasn’t simply an event or a happening … What we witnessed that night was a true collaboration … Across disciplines, they were able to affect the human soul and cement the audience’s appreciation and love for the music and choreography that were such sheer delight.”
– The Live Music Report
A grooving social and artistic practice can set you apart from the rest of the pack. Bill Coleman walks the walk. … The arrival of Hymn to the Universe … is nothing short of a gift to the senses. … The jam of the dance matches the mystique of the music, harnessing something distinctly spiritual, cosmos-oriented and eye-opening. … Hymn beckons as a harmonious revelation, and a distinctly sensational place to be.
– Philip Szporer, “Dancing with the stars”, Hour, Dec 2010
Coleman/Lemieux Company fits in no pigeonhole, and co-directors Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux like it that way. …
– Victor Swoboda, Montreal Gazette, Nov 2010