Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal revealed their 60th season on April 5, 2016. The replacement of Artistic Director Gradimir Pankov was also announced. For his last season, Pankov wanted to present a romantic season with his favourite ballet pieces over his 18 year career. The cover photo of the 2016-2017 season is a couple leaping into the air on a blush pink background.
“For this goodbye, I invite you to relive some of the pivotal moments in our history and some of our greatest triumphs,” said Pankov before passing the torch. “Dance will remain forever in my heart; may it continue to inspire you, one and all,” he concluded.
The Chair of the Board of Director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Constance Pathy, announced the newly appointed Artistic Director who will assume his duties in July 2017, Ivan Cavallari. Cavallari is currently the Artistic Director of the Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin in Alsace, France.
In this romantic season are two favourites, two classics and a triple bill:
Romeo and Juliet by Jean-Christophe Maillot and music by Serge Prokofiev, the tragic Shakespeare romance.
October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, and 28 at Place des Arts, Théatre Maisonneuve
Minus One by Ohad Naharin, a masterpiece and an ode to the Dancer.
March 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, and April 1 at Place des Arts, Théatre Maisonneuve
The Nutcracker performed by Les Grands Ballets Orchestra with music of Tchaïkovski.
December 10-30 at Place des Arts, Salle Wilfrid Pelletier.
Swan Lake presented by the Perm Opera Ballet, a classic and loved ballet.
February 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 at Place des Arts, Salle Wilfrid Pelletier.
The Marriage of Figaro presented by the National Ballet of Ukraine, a comedy inspired by a play.
April 26, 27, 28, 29 at Place des Arts, Salle Wilfrid Pelletier.
The season ends with a Triple Bill of performances choreographed by Jiří Kylián and Stephan Thoss: Falling Angels, Evening Songs and Searching for Home. Music by Philip Glass.
May 25, 26, 27 and June 1, 2, 3 at Place des Arts, Théâtre Maisonneuve.
This season will mark the return of the orchestra of Les Grands Ballets with five of the six productions featuring live music.
In 2017, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal will be moving into the Espace Danse in the Wilder Building in the Quartier des spectacles district. They will be sharing the building with the Tangente, the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and the Agora de la danse. The complex will also offer a wide range of services including the National Centre for Dance Therapy, a production studio devoted to artistic creation, an atrium for special events, a café and a restaurant.
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