Les Grands Ballets Canadiens

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

History[edit]

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal was founded in 1957 by Ludmilla Chiriaeff. Conductor and composer Michel Perrault served as the organization's first music director.

Since its creation, Les Grands Ballets has performed a broad range of dance, ranging from classics to major contemporary work. Under the direction of Chiriaeff and 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 1981 the company participated alongside the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, le Groupe de la Place Royale, the Danny Grossman Dance Company, the Toronto Dance Theatre, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and the Anna Wyman Dance Theatre in the Canadian Dance Spectacular,[1] a dance show at Ottawa's National Arts Centre which was filmed by the National Film Board of Canada for the 1982 documentary film Gala.[2]

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).

In 2017, Ivan Cavallari became the artistic director of les Grands Ballets. Born in Italy, he trained at Teatro alla Scala Ballet School in Milan. Before becoming artistic director of les Grands Ballets, he was artistic director of the West Australian Ballet and then the Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin. Since 1986, Pierre Lapointe, a Quebec native and a graduate of l'École supérieure de ballet du Québec, is the Principal Ballet Master.

The company has commissioned work from some of the world's most prominent choreographers: 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 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 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).

Dancers[edit]

Dancers for the 2012-2013 season:[3]

First soloists[edit]

  • Marcin Kaczorowski[4]

Soloists[edit]

Demi-soloists[edit]

Corps de ballet[edit]

Apprentice[edit]

Former principal dancer[edit]

Former soloists[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Godfrey, "Dance Spectacular is just that". The Globe and Mail, May 30, 1981.
  2. ^ Stephen Godfrey, "Gala: a dance milestone makes a fascinating film". The Globe and Mail, May 1, 1982.
  3. ^ "About Us - Dancers". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  4. ^ "Marcin Kaczorowski". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2002 joined GBCM
  5. ^ "Émilie Durville". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2004 joined GBCM, 2008 promoted to soloist
  6. ^ "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
  7. ^ "Hervé Courtain". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2004 joined GBCM (soloist), 2005 promoted to First Soloist
  8. ^ "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
  9. ^ "André Silva". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2009 joined GBCM
  10. ^ "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
  11. ^ "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
  12. ^ "Aline Schürger". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2008 joined GBCM
  13. ^ "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
  14. ^ "Robert Deskins". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2002 joined GBCM, 2009 promoted to soloist
  15. ^ "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
  16. ^ "Sam Colby". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2010 joined GBCM
  17. ^ "Mahomi Endoh". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2010 joined GBCM
  18. ^ "Emma Garau Cima". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2009 joined GBCM
  19. ^ "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
  20. ^ "Valentine Legat". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2010 joined GBCM (corps de ballet)
  21. ^ "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
  22. ^ "Sahra Maira". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2010, joined GBCM
  23. ^ "Bryna Catherine Pascoe". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2009, joined Les Grands Ballets
  24. ^ "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
  25. ^ "Annie Jean Shreffler". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2007 joined GBCM
  26. ^ "Yadil Suarez Llerena". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2011 joined GBCM
  27. ^ "Kenji Matsuyama Ribeiro". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2009 joined GBCM
  28. ^ "Sarah Kingston". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2010 joined GBCM
  29. ^ "Eva Kolarova". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2011 joined GBCM
  30. ^ "Éline Malègue". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2010 joined GBCM
  31. ^ "Ruben Julliard". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2011 joined GBCM
  32. ^ "Tetyana Martyanova". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2011 joined GBCM
  33. ^ "Hamilton Nieh". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2011 joined GBCM
  34. ^ "Stephen Satterfield". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2011 joined GBCM
  35. ^ "Andrew Skeels". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2010 joined GBCM
  36. ^ "Julie Turcotte". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 2012 joined GBCM
  37. ^ "Hikota Taira". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2010 joined GBCM
  38. ^ "Giulia Vennari". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2011 joined GBCM
  39. ^ "Chen Sheng". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. 2012–2013. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 2012 joined GBCM
  40. ^ "Rachel Rufer". Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 2000 joined GBCM, 2002 promoted to first soloist
  41. ^ "Geneviève Guérard". bibliodanse.ca (in French).
  42. ^ "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)
  43. ^ "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
  44. ^ "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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