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On Pointe - Les Grands Ballets Canadiens 2014-15

If there was ever a season to check out the ballet in Montreal this one is it! Just announced during a cocktail at the de facto Grands ...

If there was ever a season to check out the ballet in Montreal this one is it!

Just announced during a cocktail at the de facto Grands Ballets stage of Théatre Maisonneuve, the rundown bills itself as a season of ‘youth and rebirth’, and explores such macro themes as rebellion, roots, dreams, adventure, and passion.

Punctuating the season, is a most special return to Montreal of the Paris Opera Ballet, after an absence of 47 years, as well as a Russian literature giant adapted by the Eifman Ballet of St.Petersburg. 

Here’s the reveal to start planning:

SEPTEMBER – REBELLION


Opening the season is an adaptation of Büchner’s satiric comedy, Leonce and Lena, by German choreographer Christian Spuck.

This hilarious ballet depicts the romantic intrigue of Leonce, Prince of Popo, and Lena, Princess of Pipi, young heirs determined to flaunt the conventions of their respective kingdoms.  With les Grands Ballets orchestra, conducted by Florian Ziemen.

Sept. 18 to 27, 2014 (six performances)


OCTOBER – ROOTS


Perhaps the ‘pièce de résistance’ of the season is Paquita, a colourful production involving a young gypsy of noble blood who sets out in search of her family. Accompanying her is Lucien d’Hervilly, a Napoleonic soldier with whom she has fallen in love.

This pantomime ballet, recreated in 2001 by Pierre Lacotte for the Paris Opera Ballet, will be presented for the first time in North America. With les Grands Ballets orchestra. 

With only 5 performances, a Grand Gala on opening night, and what many consider the finest ballet company in the world, expect sold out shows.

Oct. 16 to 19, 2014 (five performances)


DECEMBER – DREAMS


A standing tradition in the city, and synonymous with the Holidays, Fernand Nault’s The Nutcracker recounts the adventures of little Clara and the Prince in the Kingdom of Sweets and the Land of Snow. With les Grands Ballets Orchestra, conducted by Allan Lewis and Oleksiy Baklan.

Dec. 11 to 30, 2014 (17 performances)


MARCH – ADVENTURE


2015 opens with the arrival of the little Prince on earth, who discovers a planet and people light years from his home. This contemporary ballet by Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman will enchant Montreal audiences with its eclectic musical score and emotional impact spot-on with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s literary masterpiece.

March 19 to 28, 2015 (six performances)


APRIL – PASSION


A romantic heroine if ever there was one, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina inspired choreographer Boris Eifman’s darkly powerful ballet, drawing us into a passionate and torturous love triangle. The Eifman Ballet of St.Petersburg returns to present one of literature’s most enduring stories.

April 16 to 18, 2015 (four performances)


MAY – REBIRTH


The season closes with Death and the Maiden by choreographer Stephan Thoss, inspired by Schubert’s 1824 string quartet of the same name. The ballet is based on the myth of Kore, daughter of the goddess Demeter, who was abducted by Hades and confined in the Underworld for the duration of the cold months, to be let out only with the arrival of Spring. With les Grands Ballets orchestra

May 14 to 23, 2015 (six performances)


In other news, we received word that the ballet’s new home in the Quartier des spectacles would be functional come summer 2016. Espace Danse Québec, as it will be known, will more than meet the company’s needs with new rehearsal studios built to international standards, and a production studio where shows will be created.


For all details, subscriptions, group packages, privileges, please call 514-849-0269, or visit www.grandsballets.com 


D.G.


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