Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal in ever-greater demand on the international scene - Major foreign tour planned for the 2007-2008 season



    MONTREAL, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de
Montréal, in ever-greater demand on the international scene, will kick off a
European tour in January 2008 that will take the company to Italy, Spain,
Germany and Luxembourg. From January 27 to February 16, Les Grands Ballets'
37 dancers will travel to a total of nine European cities. Upon their return
to North America, they will give performances in Boston, Ottawa and, finally,
Québec City. Moreover, Québec's capital will play host to the troupe's first
outing of the new season when, this coming December, the Grand Théâtre de
Québec will present The Nutcracker.

    A WORLD-RENOWNED LEADER

    Les Grands Ballets' leadership in the development of contemporary ballet
has helped enhance its ever-growing international reputation. Since being
named Artistic Director of Les Grands Ballets in 2000, Gradimir Pankov has
drawn upon the talents of world-renowned choreographers for the creation of
new works. Artists like Ohad Naharin, Didy Veldmann and Stijn Celis have thus
enriched the company's repertory.
    This vitality has not gone unnoticed. As a guest in a number of large
American cities including New York, Houston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, the
company has delivered remarkable performances that have led to several
engagements in Europe. For, in addition to its innovative repertory, Les
Grands Ballets' excellent dancers have been trained so that their technical
skills match their formidable powers of interpretation.

    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LES GRANDS BALLETS - 2007-2008 SEASON TOURS

    Québec City - For its inaugural outing of the 2007-2008 season, Les
Grands Ballets will be in Québec City from December 6 to 9 to present, as it
does each year, the late Fernand Nault's superb Nutcracker at the Grand
Théâtre de Québec.

    Italy - Then in January 2008, the company leaves for Europe. First stop:
Italy, where Les Grands Ballets' previous successes have encouraged
invitations from new cities. This time it will visit Modena, where it will
present Mr. Naharin's Minus One at the Teatro communale di Modena on
January 27.

    Luxembourg - Les Grands Ballets then travels to the Grand Théâtre de
Luxembourg, where it will share the season with prestigious companies like Les
Ballets C. de la B., the Ballet National de Marseilles and the Nederlands Dans
Theater. Luxembourg audiences will be treated to two programs: Mr. Veldmann's
Toot and Mr. Celis's Noces on January 30; and, the following day, Minus One.

    Spain - From February 2 to 8, the company will be in Spain. After visits
to Madrid, Malaga, Mallorca, Oviedo and Pamplona, Les Grands Ballets will
perform Minus One in three other cities: Salamanca (February 2), Logrono
(February 6) and Gijrn (February 8).

    Italy - On February 10, Les Grands Ballets will be back in Italy for
performances of Minus One in Treviso and Ferrara. In Bolzano, the Italian
première of Roman choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti's Four Seasons will be
presented on February 14 at the Teatro Communale de Bolzano. This ballet,
commissioned by Les Grands Ballets, was very warmly received when it was first
produced at the Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts in May 2007. It will be
preceded by Noces.

    Germany - Les Grands Ballets will complete its European tour on
February 16 with a performance of Minus One in Friedrichshafen, the German
city that gave the troupe a very warm welcome back in 2004.

    United States and Canada - On March 28, 29 and 30, Les Grands Ballets
will step on to the stage of Boston's Cutler Majestic Theatre with a
performance of Minus One. In April, after its return from Europe, the company
will once again pay tribute to Mr. Naharin by presenting his Kaamos, Arbos, as
well as a new creation by the celebrated Israeli choreographer. The National
Arts Centre in Ottawa will welcome the company on April 8, while the
performance at the Grand Théâtre de Québec will take place April 15. This
lively program bears the stamp of one of the world's most sought-after
choreographers.
    One of Montréalers' favourite dance companies, Les Grands Ballets plays a
role of foreign ambassador, ensuring that the excellence of Canada's and
Québec's artists is known abroad. And even though its 2007-2008 touring
schedule is quite full, Les Grands Ballets remains available and devoted to
its Montréal audience, as will be underscored starting October 18, when the
company kicks off its run of performances of Cinderella by Belgian
choreographer Celis. Count the days... it's just around the corner!




For further information:

For further information: Francine Arsenault, communications, (514)
849-8681, extension 227, farsenault@grandsballets.com

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