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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Casse-Noisette est de retour en direct et en haute dłęfinition dans les cinłęmas Cineplex Divertissement


La production Casse-Noisette du Ballet national du Canada est de retour en direct et en haute dłęfinition en exclusivitłę dans 79 cinłęmas Cineplex Divertissement

Toronto, ON ĺ─ý 2 dłęcembre 2008 (TSX: CGX.UN). ł─ la suite du trł«s grand succł«s de la toute premił«re diffusion de la production Casse-Noisette du Ballet national du Canada, Casse-Noisette en direct et en haute dłęfinition (HD) est de retour en exclusivitłę dans encore plus de cinłęmas Cineplex Divertissement partout au pays. Cette reprłęsentation unique du ballet Casse-Noisette sera diffusłęe dans les cinłęmas Cineplex Divertissement participants le 13 dłęcembre 2008 łŢ 14 h HNE. La prłęvente de billets a dłębutłę en ligne sur cineplex.com et łŢ la billetterie des cinłęmas participants.

Č┤ Je suis trł«s fił«re de pouvoir partager notre production de Casse-Noisette avec les Canadiens et Canadiennes partout au pays. Cette annłęe, encore plus de cinłęmas y participent, et nous pourrons faire dłęcouvrir cette grande tradition des fłütes łŢ un nombre encore plus grand de familles, Ȭ a affirmłę Karen Kain, directrice artistique.

Č┤ Nous sommes trł«s heureux de prłęsenter cette annłęe encore Casse-Noisette aux spectateurs de nos cinłęmas partout au Canada, Ȭ a affirmłę Pat Marshall, vice-prłęsidente, Communications et relations avec les investisseurs, Cineplex Divertissement. Č┤ Le ballet Casse-Noisette est une tradition des fłütes que le plus de gens possibles devraient avoir la chance de dłęcouvrir. Nous avons ajoutłę des cinłęmas afin de rendre ce spectacle le plus accessible possible. Ȭ

Casse-Noisette en direct et en haute dłęfinition est un partenariat entre le Ballet national du Canada, Cineplex Divertissement et Bravo!. ł─ la suite de la diffusion le 13 dłęcembre, Casse-Noisette sera prłęsentłę sur les ondes de Bravo! łŢ une date ultłęrieure qui sera annoncłęe sous peu.

Casse-Noisette en direct et en haute dłęfinition est rendue possible grłóce łŢ TD Waterhouse, et łŢ la participation financił«re additionnelle de John et Claudine Bailey.

Le ballet Casse-Noisette sera filmłę au Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts de Toronto, au moyen de six camłęras en haute dłęfinition, et sera diffusłę en direct dans des cinłęmas partout au Canada, y compris les 11 cinłęmas suivants du Qułębec :

Cinłęma Cineplex Odeon Brossard

9350, boul. Leduc

Brossard, Qułębec

Cinłęma Colisłęe Kirkland

3200, rue Jean-Yves

Kirkland, Qułębec

Cinłęma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin

350, rue łÔmery

Montrłęal, Qułębec

Cinłęma Cineplex Odeon Beauport

825, rue Clemenceau

Beauport, Qułębec

Cinłęma Galaxy Sherbrooke

4204, boul. Bertrand-Fabi

Sherbrooke, Qułębec

Cinłęma Galaxy Victoriaville

1121, boul. Jutras Est

Victoriaville, Qułębec

Cinłęma Colossus Laval

2800, rue du Cosmodłąme

Laval, Qułębec

Cinłęma Banque Scotia Montrłęal

977, rue Ste-Catherine Ouest

Montrłęal, Qułębec

Cinłęma Starcitłę Montrłęal

4825, ave. Pierre-de-Coubertin

Montrłęal, Qułębec

Cinłęma Cineplex Odeon Ste-Foy

1200, boul. Duplessis

Ste-Foy, Qułębec

Cinłęma Fleur-de-Lys

4520, boul. des Rłęcollets

Trois-Rivił«res, Qułębec

Voici le prix des billets : enfants de 3 łŢ 12 ans : 9,95 $, ałĂnłęs : 17,95 $ et adulte : 19,95 $ (les taxes sont en sus). Nous offrons aussi un forfait familial au prix de 49,95 $, qui comprend deux billets dĺ─˘entrłęe pour adulte ou pour ałĂnłę et deux billets dĺ─˘entrłęe pour enfant. Le forfait familial est seulement offert łŢ la billetterie des cinłęmas participants. Visitez le cineplex.com pour de plus amples dłętails sur les billets et les cinłęmas participants.

Casse-Noisette

La production de Casse-Noisette du Ballet national du Canada fait dorłęnavant partie de la tradition des fłütes. Se dłęroulant dans la campagne russe du 19e sił«cle, Casse-Noisette allie les paysages naturels dłętaillłęs et les paysages fłęeriques et extravagants oł╝ le monde recouvert de glace scintillante de la reine des neiges et les splendeurs du palais dorłę de la fłęe Dragłęe se cłątoient. La prestation dĺ─˘aprł«s-midi du 13 dłęcembre est dĺ─˘une durłęe de 115 minutes et comprend un entracte de 20 minutes.

Casse-Noisette : chorłęgraphie et libretto par James Kudelka, musique par Pyotr Ilyich Tchałěkovski, conception des dłęcors et des costumes par Santo Loquasto et conception de lĺ─˘łęclairage par Jennifer Tipton.

La production Casse-Noisette du Ballet national du Canada sera prłęsentłęe du 6 au 28 dłęcembre au Four Seasons Centre de Toronto. Prił«re de visiter thenutcracker.ca pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements.

Casse-Noisette sera aussi mis en scł«ne par diverses compagnies de ballet au Canada durant la płęriode des fłütes dont Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal. Veuillez visiter le http://www.grandsballets.com/en/index_achat-de-billets.cfm pour plus de dłętails.

Pour obtenir une liste de toutes les productions de Casse-Noisette mises en scł«ne au Canada, prił«re de visiter le www.national.ballet.ca.

ł─ propos de Cineplex Divertissement LP

Cineplex Divertissement LP est la plus importante entreprise dĺ─˘exploitation de salles de cinłęma au Canada. Elle possł«de, loue ou exploite en coentreprise 130 cinłęmas totalisant 1 325 łęcrans et accueille chaque annłęe quelque 61 millions dĺ─˘invitłęs. Cineplex Divertissement LP, dont le sił«ge social est situłę łŢ Toronto au Canada, exploite des cinłęmas de la Colombie-Britannique jusquĺ─˘au Qułębec. Elle est la plus importante entreprise dĺ─˘exploitation de cinłęma numłęrique, 3D et de films en version IMAX au pays. Fił«re dĺ─˘łütre canadienne, lĺ─˘entreprise de plus de 8 000 employłęs exploite les cinłęmas des marques reconnues suivantes: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy, Famous Players - qui inclut les cinłęmas Colisłęe, Colossus et StarCitłę - en plus de la chałĂne Cinema City et les cinłęmas Banque Scotia. Les parts du Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, qui dłętient environ 76 % de Cineplex Divertissement LP, sont nłęgociłęes łŢ la Bourse de Toronto sous le symbole CGX.UN. Pour plus de dłętails, visitez www.cineplex.com.

ł─ propos de Bravo!

Bravo! est un oasis dans le paysage tłęlłęvisuel oł╝ les spectateurs se donnent rendez-vous avec les arts, que ce soit de lĺ─˘opłęra classique, un documentaire sur lĺ─˘art, un concert filmłę dans la salle de spectacle Bravo! ou un film łŢ lĺ─˘avant-garde, Bravo! donne lĺ─˘occasion aux spectateurs de vivre des expłęriences enrichissantes qui portent łŢ la rłęflexion. Donnez-vous rendez-vous avec les arts chaque soir sur les ondes de Bravo! (www.bravo.ca). Bravo! est la propriłętłę de CTV Limited, une division de CTVglomedia, compagnie multimłędia numłęro un du Canada.

La saison 2008-2009 est prłęsentłęe par CTV et The Globe and Mail.

TD Waterhouse est le commanditaire prłęsentateur de la production torontoise de Casse-Noisette prłęsentłęe au Four Seasons Centre.

Casse-Noisette est rendue possible grłóce łŢ la participation financił«re des assureurs de production Sandra et Jim Pitblado, Lawrence et Ann Heisey et un ami anonyme du Ballet national.

Le Ballet national du Canada est reconnaissant de la participation de : ACTRA, Canadian Actorsĺ─˘ Equity Association, I.A.T.S.E., Toronto Musicians Association, Local 149 et A.F.M.

Le Ballet national du Canada tient łŢ remercier les organismes suivants de leur appui continu : le Conseil des Arts du Canada; lĺ─˘Office du dłęveloppement łęconomique et lĺ─˘Office du dłęveloppement et de la culture de la Citłę de Toronto; lĺ─˘Honorable James Moore, ministre fłędłęral du Patrimoine canadien et des Langues officielles; le gouvernement de lĺ─˘Ontario; la Fondation des arts de lĺ─˘Ontario et la Fondation Trillium de lĺ─˘Ontario.

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The National Ballet of Canadaĺ─˘s The Nutcracker Live in High-Definition Returns Exclusively to 79 Cineplex Entertainment Theatres

Toronto, ON December 2, 2008 (TSX: CGX.UN) Due to the tremendous success of last yearĺ─˘s first-ever presentation of The National Ballet of Canadaĺ─˘s The Nutcracker, The Nutcracker live in High-Definition (HD) returns exclusively to an expanded number of Cineplex Entertainment theatres across the country. The one-time only presentation of The Nutcracker will be shown in select Cineplex Entertainment theatres on December 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm EST. Advance tickets are on sale now online at www.cineplex.com as well as at participating theatre box offices.

ĺ─˙I am extremely proud to be able to share our production of The Nutcracker with Canadians nationwide. And this year, we will expand our reach even more, bringing this great holiday tradition to a greater number of communities across the country,ĺ─¨ says Karen Kain, Artistic Director.

ĺ─˙We are excited to once again present The Nutcracker to our theatre audiences across the country,ĺ─¨ says Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. ĺ─˙The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition that should be experienced by as many people as possible and we have expanded the number of theatres to ensure everyone can enjoy it.ĺ─¨

The Nutcracker live in HD is a three-way partnership between The National Ballet of Canada, Cineplex Entertainment and Bravo!. Following the simulcast on December 13, The Nutcracker will be broadcast on Bravo! at a later date that will be announced shortly.

The Nutcracker live in HD is presented by TD Waterhouse, with additional funding by John and Claudine Bailey.

The Nutcracker will be captured by six HD cameras at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto and transmitted live via satellite to the following theatres throughout Quebec:

Cineplex Odeon Beauport Cinemas

825, rue Clemenceau

Beauport, PQ

Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas

9350, boul. Leduc

Brossard, PQ

Colisłęe Kirkland Cinemas

3200 rue Jean Yves

Kirkland, PQ

Starcitłę Montreal Cinemas

4825, ave. Pierre de Coubertin

Montreal, PQ

Galaxy Cinemas Sherbrooke

4204, boul. Bertrand-Fabi

Sherbrooke, PQ

Galaxy Cinemas Victoriaville

1121, boul. Jutras-Est

Victoriaville, PQ

Colossus Laval Cinemas

2800 Cosmodome Street

Laval, PQ

Scotiabank Theatre Montreal

977, Ste-Catherine W

Montreal, PQ

Cineplex Odeon Latin Quarter Cinemas

350, rue Emery

Montreal, PQ

Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas

1200, boul. Duplessis

Ste. Foy, PQ

Galaxy Cinemas Trois-Rivieres

4520 boul. des Rłęcollets

Trois-Rivieres, PQ

Admission for children ages 3-12 is $9.95, for seniors is $17.95 and general admission is $19.95, plus applicable taxes. A special Family Pack price is also being offered for $49.95, plus applicable taxes, which includes two adult or two senior admissions and two child admissions. The Family Pack is available at participating theatre box offices only. A special group rate is also available for groups of twenty or more at $16.50 per person (general admission) and $8.50 per child. For more information on group rates, call 1-800-313-4461. For more information on tickets and theatre locations, visit www.cineplex.com.

The Nutcracker

The National Ballet of Canada's The Nutcracker is a magical holiday tradition. Set in the rustic world of rural 19th-century Russia, The Nutcracker blends an affectionately detailed natural setting with an extravagant dreamscape of wonders, from the glittering, ice-coated world of the Snow Queen to the awe-inspiring splendour of the golden palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The December 13 matinee performance runs 115 minutes, with a 20 minute intermission.

The Nutcrackerĺ─˘s choreography and libretto are by James Kudelka, music is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, set and costume design are by Santo Loquasto and lighting design is by Jennifer Tipton.

The National Ballet of Canada's The Nutcracker is live on stage in Toronto from December 6 ĺ─ý 28, 2008 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Visit thenutcracker.ca for more information and to buy tickets.

Ballet companies across Canada perform their own productions of The Nutcracker this holiday season, including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal. For details, visit http://www.grandsballets.com/en/spectacle.php?spectacle=10.

For a listing of all presentations of The Nutcracker on stage across Canada, visit http://www.national.ballet.ca/TheNutcracker/live.html.

About Cineplex Entertainment LP

As the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada, Cineplex Entertainment LP owns, leases or has a joint-venture interest in 130 theatres with 1,325 screens serving approximately 61 million guests annually. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Cineplex Entertainment operates theatres from British Columbia to Quebec and is the largest exhibitor of digital, 3D and IMAX projection technologies in the country. Proudly Canadian and with a workforce of more than 8,000, the company operates the following top tier brands: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy and Famous Players including Colossus, Coliseum and SilverCity, in addition to Cinema City and Scotiabank Theatres. The units of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 76% of Cineplex Entertainment LP, are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol CGX.UN). For more information, visit www.cineplex.com.

About Bravo!

Bravo! is an oasis in the television landscape where viewers make a regular appointment with the arts. Whether itĺ─˘s a classic opera, an art documentary, a concert performance in the Bravo! Concert Hall, or a cutting-edge film, Bravo! gives viewers an opportunity for enriching and thought-provoking experiences. Make an appointment with the arts each night on Bravo! (www.bravo.ca). Bravo! is owned by CTV Limited, a division of CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company

The 2008/09 Season is presented by CTV and The Globe and Mail.

TD Waterhouse is the presenting sponsor of the Toronto production of The Nutcracker at the
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra & Jim Pitblado, Lawrence & Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges ACTRA, Canadian Actorsĺ─˘ Equity Association, I.A.T.S.E., Toronto Musicians Association, Local 149 and A.F.M.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Department; The Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Foundation; the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Sweetest Holiday Tradition - The Nutcracker


Canadian Ballet Theatre Presents
THE NUTCRACKER
Three Performances Only with Special Guest Ballet Superstars
Alina Somova & Anton Korsakov, Kirov Ballet
Zhong-Jing Fang, American Ballet Theatre
December 20 & 21, 2008, Winter Garden Theatre

Toys magically coming to life, a young girl, a mysterious prince, elegant dancing snowflakes and Christmas wishes fulfilled: it's no wonder THE NUTCRACKER is the most beloved ballet in the world and the most delightful of holiday traditions! Canadian Ballet Theatre (CBT) is thrilled to present an elegant, traditional Russian mounting of this classic piece with international ballet superstars performing alongside shining young stars-in-the-making.

The role of Clara will be alternated between Victoria Harding and Alys Shee, to be partnered with Eugene Dokoukine as the valiant Nutcracker Prince. All of these superstars in the making are senior students with the Academy of Ballet and Jazz, the school of Canadian Ballet Theatre.

Alina Somova is a St. Petersberg native who graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2003 and joined the Mariinsky theatre the same year. A glittering ballerina, Ms. Somova is famous for her impeccable fouette turns and grands jetes.

A past winner of the esteemed Helsinki International Ballet Competition, Anton Korsakov is widely renowned for his dramatic intensity, technical prowess and spectacular elevation.

A rapidly rising star, Zhong-Jing Fang has been with American Ballet Theatre since 2002. Trained at the Shanghai Ballet School, where she was accepted at the age of 10, Ms. Fang won the very first competition she entered, the Prix de Lausanne 2000.

Canadian Ballet Theatre students have the unique opportunity to work with the award-winning and world-famous Artistic Director Nadia Veselova Tencer. With her husband and producing partner, Solomon Tencer, Ms. Veselova co-founded the Canadian Ballet Theatre, and it's school, the Academy of Ballet and Jazz, both committed to the traditions of Russian classical ballet. A master teacher, Nadia is a graduate of the world-renowned Vaganova Choreographic Institute, the school of the Kirov Ballet, class of Alla Osipenko.

The Tencers produce the worldwide dance phenomenon, Stars of the 21st Century. For more than ten years these international ballet galas, a tribute to excellence in the art of classical dance, have been the hit of the season around the world. Recently, Nadia judged and choreographed at the Youth America Grand Prix dance competition finals in New York and was a judge at the Prix Benois De La Danse, at the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia. This faithful and classic rendering of THE NUTCRACKER is staged by Nadia Veselova Tencer.

THE NUTCRACKER begins on Christmas Eve with the young Clara and her beautiful nutcracker. As the clock strikes midnight, Clara falls asleep under the Christmas tree and dreams the most marvelous dream of a winter wonderland with dancing snowflakes, a defeated Mouse King, and a magical sleigh ride with her Prince.

Canadian Ballet Theatre presents
THE NUTCRACKER
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Vasily Vainonen
Set and Costumes from the Bolshoi Ballet
Staged by Nadia Veselova Tencer

Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street (north of Queen Street)
Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 2:30pm and 7pm
Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 1:30pm

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Tickets are $60 and $70 and can be purchased in person at the box office,
by calling Ticketmaster 416.872.5555 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca
For more information about Canadian Ballet Theatre please visit www.starsofthe21stcentury.com

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

What's New at Les Grands ballets Canadiens ?

Les Grands Ballets website gets a makeover

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal has new Web presence! Visit our new site, created by Cyber Głęnłęration. In just a few clicks, you'll discover our Behind the Scenes section highlighting the day-by-day offstage life of the company, in Montrłęal and on tour, at rehearsal and on stage.

Find out more at www.grandsballets.com.


Memories of an unforgettable summer

Dancer Gabrielle Lamb is also a talented videomaker. With her camera, she followed day-by-day the unfogettable stay of the Company at the łÔtłęs de la danse festival in Paris.

Click or copy and paste this link

http://www.grandsballets.com/fr/arriere-scene.php?i=21&t=video


Promotions and new arrivals:

Company welcomes 10 new dancers and promotes several artists

It's exciting times at Les Grands Ballets! This autumn the company will welcome 10 new dancers from the four corners of the world and several current dancers have also won well-earned promotions.



REMINDERS


Looking for angels, sheep, rats, reindeer, mice, matriochkas and Orientals

Auditions for The Nutcracker are just around the corner!


Auditions for Nutcracker will be held at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal studios, 4816 Rivard Street (Laurier młętro) on September 18 and 19 and at the YMCA du Parc, 5550 Park Ave. on September 20. Children chosen for the various roles will perform in The Nutcracker ballet from December 13 to 30, 2008, in Salle Wilfred-Pelletier of Place des Arts. A unique opportunity!


First steps by four winners of Les Grands Ballets' first choreography

competition to be seen at Agora de la danse on September 25, 26 and 27

To kick off the new season, you are invited to witness the first steps of four young Canadian choreographers, winners of the choreography competition organized by Les Grands Ballets. Under the tireless mentoring of the company's Artistic Director, Gradimir Pankov, these young talents have been working in our studios creating new works for the company's dancers. A bold, original, vigorous wind is sweeping through the season! Be part of the excitement for only $15 on September 25, 26 and 27 at the Agora de la danse.


COMING THIS OCTOBER

one of the most lavish Grand Ballets productions yet: The Queen of Spades, from Danish choreographer Kim Brandstrup

Hit the jackpot in October with The Queen of Spades (based on Alexander Pushkin's story), from Danish filmmaker/choreographer Kim Brandstrup. This magnificent full-length ballet featuring some 30 dancers boldly combines classical dance on pointe with virtual sets and will amaze you. And as a bonus, the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal Orchestra will play Gabriel Thibaudeau's Tchaikovsky-inspired score.


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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Les Grands Ballets łŢ Paris

LES GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS DE MONTRłÔAL

ł─ LA CONQUłńTE DE PARIS DU 21 JUILLET AU 9 AOł§T 2008

Montrłęal, le 2 juillet 2008 ĺ─ţ Le compte łŢ rebours est commencłę pour Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal, qui prłęparent fłębrilement leur słęjour au festival Les łętłęs de la danse de Paris en juillet et aoł¬t. Trente-quatre ans aprł«s l'łęclatant succł«s de Tommy en 1974, ce retour attendu de la compagnie dans la capitale franł▀aise s'inscrit dans le cadre des łęvłęnements officiels des cłęlłębrations du 400e anniversaire de la ville de Qułębec. Du 21 juillet au 9 aoł¬t, Paris vibrera au rythme du Qułębec !

Č┤ La jeunesse, la passion, la diversitłę culturelle des danseurs, la qualitłę artistique et l'łęclectisme des choix chorłęgraphiques sont autant d'łęlłęments qui m'ont fait choisir Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal comme compagnie invitłęe des łÔtłęs de la danse. Je suis sł¬r qu'ils trouveront łŢ Paris l'accueil rłęservłę łŢ toutes les grandes compagnies internationales Ȭ, dłęclare le directeur de l'łęvłęnement, Valłęry Colin.

Aprł«s des compagnies aussi renommłęes que le San Francisco Ballet, l'Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater et le Ballet national de Cuba, invitłęs respectifs des trois łęditions prłęcłędentes de ce festival, Les Grands Ballets, sous la direction artistique de Gradimir Pankov, dłęfendront les couleurs de leur pays au Grand Palais, avec 16 spectacles au total et trois programmes diffłęrents, rłęunissant les crłęations rłęcentes de son rłępertoire, signłęes Ohad Naharin, Didy Veldman, Stijn Celis, Jirłé Kylił░n et Mauro Bigonzetti. La compagnie mettra ainsi en relief sa raison d'łütre : faire dłęcouvrir au public ĺ─ţ autour de 45 000 spectateurs participent aux łÔtłęs de la danse ! ĺ─ţ de nouvelles facettes du ballet d'aujourd'hui dans toute sa diversitłę. Plusieurs de ces ëýuvres sont des premił«res en France.

Minus One d'Ohad Naharin, succł«s phłęnomłęnal du rłępertoire des Grands Ballets depuis sa crłęation en 2002, ouvre le bal le 21 juillet. ł─ travers ce patchwork dłębridłę de danse et de divertissement, associant le chant, le mouvement et le cabaret, on dłęcouvre l'incroyable variłętłę du style du chorłęgraphe israłęlien. Parions que le public parisien ne rłęsistera pas łŢ son enthousiasme contagieux ! ł─ voir les 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 et 26 juillet łŢ 21 h 30.

Le 2e programme est composłę de TooT, Noces et Six Dances. TooT, une pił«ce pour 15 danseurs de la chorłęgraphe nłęerlandaise Didy Veldman, a łętłę inspirłęe par la Suite no 2 pour orchestre de jazz de Chostakovitch. Sur le mode de l'humour et de la dłęrision, Didy Veldman s'interroge ici sur l'identitłę et sur les rapports entre l'individu et la sociłętłę. Noces a łętłę crłęłęe par le chorłęgraphe belge Stijn Celis sur l'envoł¬tante partition d'Igor Stravinsky. Cette dłęlirante noce paysanne balkanique, qui fait appel łŢ 24 interprł«tes, pose un regard critique sur l'institution du mariage. Six Dances de Jirłé Kylił░n, chorłęgraphiłęe pour 8 danseurs sur les Six danses allemandes de W.A. Mozart, est selon Kylił░n, Č┤ un dłęferlement de połęsie absurde en six actes Ȭ dont l'humour devrait Č┤ mettre en łęvidence la relativitłę de nos valeurs Ȭ. Trois chorłęgraphies prłęsentłęes les 29, 30, 31 juillet, 1er et 2 aoł¬t łŢ 21 h 30.

Enfin, le 3e programme comprend Les Quatre Saisons et Cantata du chorłęgraphe italien Mauro Bigonzetti. Avec Les Quatre Saisons, conł▀ue en 2007 pour les GBCM sur la cłęlłębrissime musique de Vivaldi, Mauro Bigonzetti relł«ve le dłęfi d'exprimer, łŢ travers cette ëýuvre mille fois exploitłęe, quelque chose de diffłęrent, laissant jaillir Č┤ les saisons intłęrieures de l'homme, ses łętats d'łóme et ses revirements Ȭ. Enfin, Cantata, commandłęe par le Ballet Gulbenkian en 2001, est inscrite au rłępertoire des GBCM depuis l'an dernier. Sur des airs traditionnels du sud de l'Italie, interprłętłęs live par les chanteuses du Gruppo Musicale Assurd, Cantata explore, au moyen d'une danse instinctive et vitale, les multiples facettes des relations entre hommes et femmes. Un peu, beaucoup, passionnłęment młęditerranłęen ! Un spectacle offert les 5, 6, 7, 8, et 9 aoł¬t łŢ 21 h 30.

Autour des GBCM

Des activitłęs płęriphłęriques, prłęsentant divers aspects de la crłęation contemporaine qułębłęcoise, seront offertes tous les jours de spectacle de la compagnie au Grand Palais, łŢ partir de 19 h, avec le soutien du gouvernement du Qułębec. Le public pourra y dłęcouvrir Occidents, une installation photographique de la photographe, sculpteur et artiste conceptuelle Jocelyne Alloucherie. Aprł«s les reprłęsentations, des after shows DJ/VJ seront proposłęs tout au long du festival. Du 21 au 26 juillet, le Festival Elektra de Montrłęal prłęsentera des performances DJ/VJ avec les artistes montrłęalais Baya (Jean-Słębastien Baillat, DJ et VJ), Euterke (Jean-Franł▀ois Dumouchel, DJ et VJ), Poison Arrow (Alain Thibault, DJ), DelRay (Mathew Biederman, VJ) et Soul Sista (Marie-France Paquin, DJ). Du 21 au 23 juillet, ils seront accompagnłęs des Cubes volants, une performance arts et nouvelles technologies de l'artiste, architecte et designer Nicolas Reeves, composłęe de trois Č┤ ałęrobots Ȭ sur lesquels les VJ projetteront des images vidłęo en temps rłęel et les spectateurs pourront envoyer des messages texte, au moyen d'un Palmtop ou d'un tłęlłęphone cellulaire. ł─ partir du 27 juillet et jusqu'łŢ la fin du festival le 9 aoł¬t, la DJ Soul Sista prendra la relł«ve de ces after shows avec un programme-panorama de musique et de chanson qułębłęcoise spłęcialement conł▀u pour l'occasion.

Gala

Sous la prłęsidence d'honneur de Son Excellence l'Ambassadeur du Canada, M. Marc Lortie, et du Dłęlłęgułę głęnłęral du Qułębec łŢ Paris, M. Wilfrid-Guy Licari, une grande soirłęe marquera la premił«re des Grands Ballets et l'ouverture du Festival le 21 juillet, en prłęsence de Mme Christine St-Pierre, ministre de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine du Qułębec.

Classes en public

Les danseurs des GBCM donneront łęgalement six classes ouvertes au grand public, les 23, 26 et 30 juillet, 2, 6 et 9 aoł¬t łŢ 15 h.

Partenaires et organismes subventionnaires

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal sont heureux d'łütre associłęs aux prestigieux partenaires suivants : GE Capital Solutions, commanditaire de production et de la soirłęe d'ouverture, Air Canada, transporteur officiel, le ministł«re du Tourisme du Qułębec, commanditaire de soirłęe, et Global Jump, partenaire de la soirłęe d'ouverture. Les GBCM ont pu łęgalement compter sur l'aimable collaboration de l'Ambassade du Canada et de la Dłęlłęgation głęnłęrale du Qułębec łŢ Paris.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal błęnłęficient du soutien financier du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, du Conseil des Arts du Canada, du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, du ministł«re des Affaires łętrangł«res et du Commerce international du Canada et de Patrimoine canadien.

La compagnie remercie le ministł«re de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine et le ministł«re des Relations internationales pour leur soutien spłęcial.






LES GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS DE MONTRłÔAL

TO CONQUER PARIS FROM JULY 21 TO AUGUST 9, 2008


Montrłęal, July 2, 2008 ĺ─ţ The countdown has begun for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal, which is feverishly preparing for its visit to the Les łętłęs de la danse de Paris festival. Thirty-four years after the stunning success of Tommy in 1974, the company's long-awaited return to the French capital will occur as part of the official events the celebration of Qułębec City's 400th anniversary. From July 21 to August 9, Paris will move to the beat of Qułębec!

"Youth, passion, the cultural diversity of the dancers, their artistic quality and the eclecticism of their choreographic choices are all elements that led me to choose Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal as the guest company for Les łętłęs de la danse," says event Director Valłęry Colin. "I am certain that Paris will give Les Grands the welcome that such a strong international company deserves."

Following in the footsteps of the San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ballet Nacional de Cuba ĺ─ţ respectively guest artists of the festival's last three editions ĺ─ţ Les Grands Ballets, under its Artistic Director Gradimir Pankov, will fly our country's colours at the Grand Palais. The company will give a total of 16 performances in three different programs that bring together the recent creations in its repertoire by Ohad Naharin, Didy Veldman, Stijn Celis, Jirłé Kylił░n and Mauro Bigonzetti. In so doing, the company will underscore its raison d'łütre: to introduce the public (approximately 45,000 spectators attend Les łętłęs de la danse!) to new facets of contemporary ballet in all its diversity. A number of these works will premił«re in France on this occasion.

Minus One by Ohad Naharin, a phenomenal hit in the Grands Ballets repertoire since its premił«re in 2002, will open the gala on July 21. This frenzied patchwork of dance and performance, featuring song, movement and cabaret, showcases the incredible variety of the renowned Israeli choreographer's style. Parisian audiences won't fail to catch his contagious enthusiasm! Performances will take place at 9:30 p.m. on July 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26.

The second program comprises TooT, Noces and Six Dances. TooT, a piece for 15 dancers by Dutch choreographer Veldman, was inspired by Shostakovich's Suite No 2 for jazz bands. With a humorous and derisive tone, Veldman poses questions about identity and the relationships between the individual and society. Noces was created by Belgian choreographer Celis to the enchanting notes of Stravinsky. This delirious Balkan country wedding, which calls on the talents of 24 performers, takes a critical look at the institution of marriage. Six Dances, by Kylił░n, choreographed for eight dancers to the piece Six German Dances by Mozart, is, according to Kylił░n, "an absurd poetic flood in six acts," whose humour should "point out the relativity of our values." The three choreographies will be performed at 9:30 p.m. on July 29, 30 and 31, and August 1 and 2.

The third program includes The Four Seasons and Cantata by Italian choreographer Bigonzetti. With The Four Seasons, created in 2007 for Les Grands Ballets and set to the widely known music of Vivaldi, Bigonzetti has carried off the challenge of expressing something different through pieces that have been interpreted thousands of times, bringing forth "people's internal seasons, our states of mind and our changes of mind." Lastly, Cantata, commissioned by Ballet Gulbenkian in 2001, was added to the Grands Ballets repertoire last year. With traditional music from southern Italy, performed live by the singers of Gruppo Musicale Assurd, Cantata uses instinctive, vital dance to explore the multiple facets of relations between men and women. The piece is passionately Mediterranean! Performances take place at 9:30 p.m. on August 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

Surrounding Les Grands Ballets

Satellite activities showcasing various aspects of contemporary Qułębec creative work will take place every day the company performs at the Grand Palais, starting at 7 p.m., with the support of the Government of Qułębec. The public will be able to discover Occidents, a photographic installation by photographer, sculptor and conceptual artist Jocelyne Alloucherie. Throughout the festival, Les Grand Ballets' performances will be followed by DJ/VJ "after-shows." From July 21 to 26, the Elektra international digital arts festival will feature DJ/VJ performances by Montrłęal artists Baya (Jean-Słębastien Baillat, DJ and VJ), Euterke (Jean-Franł▀ois Dumouchel, DJ and VJ), Poison Arrow (Alain Thibault, DJ), DelRay (Mathew Biederman, VJ) and Soul Sista (Marie-France Paquin, DJ). From July 21 to 23, they will be accompanied by Les Cubes volants, an arts and new technologies performance by artist, architect and designer Nicolas Reeves, made up of three flying cubes, or "aerobots," upon which VJs will project video images in real time and to which spectators can send text messages using a Palmtop or cellular phone. From July 27 until the Festival ends on August 9, Soul Sista will take over the after-show events with a panorama program of Qułębec music and song created especially for this occasion.

Gala

His Excellency Marc Lortie, Ambassador of Canada, and Wilfrid-Guy Licari, Qułębec's Delegate General in Paris, will serve as Honorary Chairs of a gala evening to mark the Grands Ballets premił«re and the Festival opening on July 21, to be attended by Christine Saint-Pierre, Qułębec Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women.

Classes for the public

The dancers of Les Grands Ballets will also give six classes open to the public at 3 p.m. on July 23, 26 and 30 and August 2, 6 and 9.

Supporting partners and organizations

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal is pleased to be associated with the following prestigious partners: GE Capital Solutions, production and opening gala sponsor; Air Canada, official carrier; the Ministł«re du Tourisme du Qułębec, evening sponsor; and Global Jump, opening gala partner. Les Grands is also benefiting from the generous cooperation of the Canadian Embassy and the Dłęlłęgation głęnłęrale du Qułębec in Paris.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal enjoys the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and Heritage Canada.

The company would like to thank the Ministł«re de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine du Qułębec and the Ministł«re des Relations internationales du Qułębec for their special support.


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Monday, June 2, 2008

GENłÔE to makes its North American debut


FIRST TIME IN NORTH AMERICA!

THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE presents
THE GENłÔE INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION
Toronto, August 14 - 23, 2008

The GENłÔE INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION, the flagship event of London's Royal Academy of Dance and one of the world's most prestigious events of its kind attracting many of the worlds most brilliant and promising young dancers, makes its North American debut in Toronto, August 14-23, 2008.

Chaired by Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE, President of the Royal Academy of Dance, and named after the Academy's founder Dame Adeline Genłęe, the GENłÔE INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION is one of the leading ballet competitions in the world, nurturing and showcasing the talent of young dancers on the cusp of their professional careers by inviting leading teachers and internationally renowned choreographers and artistic directors to coach, choreograph and judge the young dancers over a unique week-long experience.

For over seventy years, The GENłÔE INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION was held in London, but in 2002, in a dramatic break with tradition, the competition was held in Sydney, Australia. That event attracted the largest ever entry and culminated in a sold out Final at the Sydney Opera House. Encouraged by the enormous success of Sydney, the Genłęe returned in 2003 to the UK and was staged in Birmingham in association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. An invitation from the Greek International Cultural Olympiad to stage the 2004 Genłęe in the great open-air theatre of Herod Atticus at the foot of the Acropolis added another unforgettable chapter to the history of the Genłęe. In 2006 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first ballet examinations held in Hong Kong - Hong Kong hosted another spectacular, sold-out event.

Each year, an international jury headed by the Academy's President and ex prima ballerina, Dame Antoinette Sibley, selects finalists who then battle it out at a Final for the coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. So high is the Genłęe standard that it is only exceptional candidates who receive a Gold medal. In addition to Dame Antoinette Sibley, the 2008 Genłęe International Ballet Competition judges include: Karen Kain, Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada; Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago; and Rex Harrington, Artist-in-Residence, National Ballet of Canada.

Each candidate will perform a 19th Century classical variation, a 20th Century classical variation and an exclusive solo commissioned by the Academy and created by a renowned choreographer for the young competitors during the week-long competition. Canadian Choreographer Sabrina Matthews has been commissioned to create two exclusive variations (male and female) to be performed by the candidates and premiered during the competition. This recent innovation has added enormous interest to the competition, both by competitors and audiences alike.
The competition culminates in a tense and exciting Final in which the finalists try to outshine each other to win over the hearts and minds of the both the Judges and the audience. The best of the best have the opportunity to win a coveted gold, silver or bronze medal and walk away with up to $11,000 in prize money.

Winners of the Genłęe International Ballet Competition have gone on to perform with leading international companies including the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Australian Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet to name but a few. The National Ballet of Canada's Chan Hon Goh was the first participant to win a medal for Canada (1988), while Cłęline Gittens was awarded the gold medal for her performance in 2005.

SPECIAL EVENT: THE TURNING POINT in a Dance Career
In 1977, Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE made her film debut as "Sevilla" in Herbert Ross's THE TURNING POINT dancing with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Join Veronica Tennant, herself beloved as one of Canada's best and most versatile ballerinas, at this special screening of THE TURNING POINT, after which Veronica Tennant will delve into the career and life of Dame Antoinette Sibley before opening the floor to questions from the audience.

THE TURNING POINT in a Dance Career o Friday, August 22, 7pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W
Tickets: Members: $7.08* Students/Seniors/ Children: $7.08* Non-Members: $11.56*
* Prices do not include GST, building fund fee and service charges.
Presented by the Toronto International Film Festival Group and the Royal Academy of Dance
www.cinemathequeontario.ca for details

The Royal Academy of Dance is a global organization with 13,500 Members, a worldwide staff of 153 and 173 examiners. With offices in 79 countries and headquarters in London, it is the largest ballet examination and dance teacher training and education institution in the world. Its mission is to promote knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally. It seeks to accomplish its mission through examining students of ballet, educating and training teachers of dance and promoting the study and performance of dance.
Royal Academy of Dance presents
The Genłęe International Ballet Competition
August 14 - 23, 2008
Toronto, Ontario

SEMI-FINALS
Wednesday, August 20 and Thursday, August 21, 2008
Betty Oliphant Theatre at Canada's National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis Street
Tickets for the Semi-finals are $35.00 per single day or $60.00 for both days and are available from the Royal Academy of Dance office in Toronto by calling 416.489.2813, toll-free 888.709.0895 or email genee@radcanada.org.

FINAL
Saturday, August 23, 2008 @ 7pm
The Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West
Tickets for the Finals are $50 - $160 and can purchased by calling 416.363.8231, toll-free 800.250.4653, www.coc.ca/house/house.html or email tickets@coc.ca
N.B. An $8 per ticket service charge applies on all online & telephone ticket sales

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Depart sur scene_4



Dłępart sur scł«ne_4

Essais chorłęgraphiques des danseurs du Jeune Ballet du Qułębec

4 et 5 juin > Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal
6 juin > Centre Culturel Henri-Lemieux, LaSalle
11 juin > Maison de la Culture Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie (salle Jean Eudes)

En juin prochain, les danseurs du Jeune Ballet du Qułębec vous convient łŢ venir dłęcouvrir leurs essais chorłęgraphiques dans trois lieux de diffusion culturelle de lĺ─˘łÚle de Montrłęal. Complł«tement assumłęes par les danseurs et interprłętłęes par leurs collł«gues du JBQ, ces crłęations sont une opportunitłę dĺ─˘entrer en contact avec un univers chorłęgraphique en devenir, quelquefois loufoque et dłębridłę mais toujours touchant et rłęvłęlateur des prłęoccupations de la jeunesse dĺ─˘aujourdĺ─˘hui.

Pour Dłępart sur scł«ne_4, se joignent aux danseurs actuels du Jeune Ballet du Qułębec des anciennes diplłąmłęes de lĺ─˛Ecole supłęrieure de ballet contemporain de Montrłęal : Ingrid Proulx, Roxane Bouvrette, Leyla Theunissen, Genevił«ve Bolla et łÔmilie Gratton. Depuis leur graduation, ces jeunes artistes ont dłęjłŢ usłę leurs souliers de danse. Ingrid sĺ─˘est baladłęe du cłątłę de lĺ─˘Europe, notamment en Hollande et en Espagne oł╝ elle a remportłę le prix du public pour son interprłętation dans ELMER de Franł▀ois Chirpaz et Kristen Cere lors du Concours Masdanza. Roxanne, quant łŢ elle, a łętłę stagiaire avec la compagnie Cas Public et a participłę łŢ lĺ─˘łęvłęnement de danse contemporaine de Qułębec, Symbiose. Enfin, Genevił«ve Bolla et łÔmilie Gratton ont formłę leur propre compagnie de danse : łÔvolucidanse. Cette dernił«re a pour mission de promouvoir la danse contemporaine en crłęant des spectacles qui se dłęmarquent de la vague actuelle. Sous l'influence de la danse classique et tout en s'inspirant de la culture du Moyen-Orient, la compagnie prłęsente une philosophie chorłęgraphique riche et innovatrice. De plus, elle souhaite exploiter la polyvalence de ses danseurs afin de faire communier l'individu et l'artiste łŢ l'intłęrieur du młüme corps.

Cĺ─˘est dĺ─˘ailleurs łÔvolucidanse qui ouvrira la soirłęe avec ROOTS, une chorłęgraphie de Genevił«ve Bolla sur une composition musicale de lĺ─˘artiste NGABO. La chorłęgraphie ROOTS a dłęjłŢ słęduit le public et la critique lors du festival LOLA (London Ontario Live Arts).

Tous ces danseurs polyvalents, formłęs łŢ lĺ─˘łęcole supłęrieure, possł«dent une excellente technique qui leur permet dĺ─˘łęvoluer dans tous les styles de danse. Avec Le Jeune Ballet du Qułębec, ils ont travaillłę sous la direction de chorłęgraphes dĺ─˘horizons artistiques variłęs comme Mario Radacovsky (ancien premier danseur au Grands ballets canadiens de Montrłęal) et Hłęlł«ne Blackburn (directrice artistique de la compagnie Cas Public), interprłętant des ëýuvres tout autant nłęo-classiques que contemporaines.

Avec Dłępart sur scł«ne_4, les danseurs mettent łŢ profit leurs expłęriences dĺ─˘interprł«tes et passent de lĺ─˘autre cłątłę du miroir en devenant chorłęgraphes. Une soirłęe de danse łęclectique qui promet dĺ─˘łütre des plus divertissantes en compagnie de ces talents de la relł«ve.


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