Les Grands Ballets Canadiens

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Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (GBCM) is a Canadian ballet company based in Montreal, Quebec. A creative and repertory company, it performs works that reflect the diverse trends of contemporary ballet.

It was founded in 1957 by Ludmilla Chiriaeff. Conductor and composer Michel Perrault served as the organization's first music director.

Since it creation, Les Grands Ballets has performed a broad range of dance, ranging from classics to major contemporary work. Under the direction of Fernand Nault (1965-1973), Brian Macdonald (1974-1977) and Lawrence Rhodes (1990-1999), the institution fostered the development of such notable artists as James Kudelka, Édouard Lock and Ginette Laurin.

In 2000, Gradimir Pankov became Artistic Director. A native of Macedonia, Pankov previously served as Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater II (Netherlands), the National Ballet of Finland (Helsinki), the Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), and Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland).

The company has commissoned work from a some of the world's most prominent choreograhers: The Queen of Spades by Kim Brandstrup; The Butterfly Effect by Shawn Hounsell; Between Ashes and Angels by Adam Hougland; Noces, Cinderella and The Rite of Spring by Stijn Celis; The Little Prince, Possibly Six and TooT by Didy Veldman; The Beast and the Beauty by Kader Belarbi; Four Seasons by Mauro Bigonzetti; Minus One and Danz by Ohad Naharin; Rodin/Claudel by Peter Quanz; and Re–II by Shen Wei.

Its repertoire also includes major acquisitions by such reputed artists as Mats Ek, Jiří Kylián, Jean-Christophe Maillot and Christopher Wheeldon, along with works by young creators like Stephan Thoss, Didy Veldman and Peter Quanz. In 2008 Gradimir Pankov established the national choreographic contest, won by Jean-Sébastien Couture, which has allowed Les Grands Ballets to showcase work by emerging Canadian choreographers.

Each season, Les Grands Ballets invites prestigious international companies to perform as part of its program. The list includes Houston Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater, Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), Compañía Nacional de Danza (Spain), Warsaw Ballet (Poland), Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (Taiwan), Shen Wei Dance Arts (New York City), Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon (France), Dutch National Ballet and Eifman Ballet Theatre of St-Petersburg (Russia).

Les Grands Ballets tours regularly. Recent tours have taken the company to the United States, the Middle East and Europe.

Dancers[edit]

Dancers for the 2012-2013 season:[1]

First soloists[edit]

Soloists[edit]

Demi-soloists[edit]

Corps de ballet[edit]

Apprentice[edit]

Former principal dancer[edit]

  • Rachel Rufer (2000-2010) [38]

Former soloists[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us - Dancers". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Émilie Durville". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2004 joined GBCM, 2008 promoted to soloist" 
  3. ^ "Vanesa Garcia-Ribala Montoya". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2006 joined GBCM (Corps de ballet), 2008 promoted to Demi-soloist, 2009 promoted to Soloist" 
  4. ^ "Hervé Courtain". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2004 joined GBCM (soloist), 2005 promoted to First Soloist" 
  5. ^ "Jeremy Raia". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "1998 joined GBCM (corps de ballet), 2000 promoted to Demi-Soloist, 2001 promoted to Soloist, 2005 promoted to First Soloist" 
  6. ^ "André Silva". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2009 joined GBCM" 
  7. ^ "Edi Blloshmi". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2005, joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (corps de ballet; 2008 Promoted to Soloist" 
  8. ^ "Robin Mathes". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2003 joined GBCM (corps de ballet), 2004 promoted to demi-soloist, 2008 promoted to soloist" 
  9. ^ "Aline Schürger". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2008 joined GBCM" 
  10. ^ "Jean-Sébastien Couture". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2002 joined GBCM (corps de ballet), 2004 promoted to demi-soloist, 2008 promoted to soloist" 
  11. ^ "Robert Deskins". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2002 joined GBCM, 2009 promoted to soloist" 
  12. ^ "Jérémy Galdeano". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2001 joined GBCM (corps de ballet), 2003-2004 promoted to demi-soloist, 2008 promoted to soloist" 
  13. ^ "Marcin Kaczorowski". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2002 joined GBCM" 
  14. ^ "Sam Colby". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2010 joined GBCM" 
  15. ^ "Mahomi Endoh". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2010 joined GBCM" 
  16. ^ "Emma Garau Cima". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2009 joined GBCM" 
  17. ^ "Marie-Eve Lapointe". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2001 joined GBCM (corps de ballet), 2005 promoted to demi-soloist" 
  18. ^ "Valentine Legat". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2010 joined GBCM (corps de ballet)" 
  19. ^ "Graziella Lorriaux". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2008 joined GBCM (apprentice), 2009 promoted to Corps de ballet, 2011 promoted Demi-Soloist" 
  20. ^ "Sahra Maira". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2010, joined GBCM" 
  21. ^ "Bryna Catherine Pascoe". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2009, joined Les Grands Ballets" 
  22. ^ "Alisia Pobega". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "1999 joined GBCM as an apprentice, 2000 promoted to corps de ballet, 2002 promoted to demi-soloist" 
  23. ^ "Annie Jean Shreffler". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2007 joined GBCM" 
  24. ^ "Yadil Suarez Llerena". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved FOctober 30, 2012. "2011 joined GBCM"  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  25. ^ "Kenji Matsuyama Ribeiro". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2009 joined GBCM" 
  26. ^ "Sarah Kingston". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2010 joined GBCM" 
  27. ^ "Eva Kolarova". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2011 joined GBCM" 
  28. ^ "Éline Malègue". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2010 joined GBCM" 
  29. ^ "Ruben Julliard". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2011 joined GBCM" 
  30. ^ "Tetyana Martyanova". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2011 joined GBCM" 
  31. ^ "Hamilton Nieh". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2011 joined GBCM" 
  32. ^ "Stephen Satterfield". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2011 joined GBCM" 
  33. ^ "Andrew Skeels". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2010 joined GBCM" 
  34. ^ "Julie Turcotte". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved February 5, 2012. "2012 joined GBCM" 
  35. ^ "Hikota Taira". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2010 joined GBCM" 
  36. ^ "Giulia Vennari". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2011 joined GBCM" 
  37. ^ "Chen Sheng". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. "2012 joined GBCM" 
  38. ^ "Rachel Rufer". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Retrieved February 5, 2012. "2000 joined GBCM, 2002 promoted to first soloist" 
  39. ^ "Lénaïg Guégan". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2012. "2007 joined GBCM (demi-soloist)" 
  40. ^ "Isabelle Paquette". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2012. "2001 joined GBCM (apprentice), 2002 promoted to corps de ballet, 2003 promoted to demi-soloist" 
  41. ^ "Guillaume Pruneau". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2012. "2002 joined GBCM (corps de ballet), 2005 promoted to demi-soloist" 

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