What’s in a name? Some years ago, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal rebranded itself [bjm_danse] in an apparent attempt to look hipper, snappier, and perhaps more international. But the company, now trying out the acronym BJM, has always been hip and snappy, and as for international, one need only look at the globe-trotting choreographers of the three pieces it brought to the Institute of Contemporary Art Thursday, under the auspices of World Music/CRASHarts. Cayetano Soto was born in Barcelona but now lives in Munich. Wen Wei Wang moved from his native China to Canada. And Barak Marshall, who was born in Los Angeles, divides his time between that city and Tel Aviv.
Soto’s work was last seen here in 2011, when Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performed his “Uneven” at the Tsai Performance Center. “Zero In On” (2010), to music by Philip Glass, is a less ambitious work, a seven-minute duet. Dancing in front of a diagonally positioned light pole and on a reduced stage, Kevin Delaney and flame-haired Céline Cassone stretch and swirl in unison, looking like giant spiders, Delaney circling Cassone and finally grabbing her before they separate again. The pair’s moves are reminiscent of ice dancing; it’s eye-catching but not memorable.