Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal launches its first choreographic competition in 2008

    MONTREAL, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - A major "première" for Les Grands
Ballets Canadiens de Montréal! With an eye to discovering new talent and
supporting creation work in the ballet world, the company is initiating a
choreographic competition...the only one of its kind in Canada. Young Canadian
choreographers (citizens and permanent residents) aged 30 and under, whose
training, approach and artistic sensibility are based on classical ballet
techniques, are invited to enter by this April 18.
    Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal choreographic competition,
launched today, will give four artists from Canada, including one from Québec,
the opportunity to create works a maximum of 25 minutes long for at most four
of the troupe's dancers. Winners will direct their creations over a five-week
period running from mid-August to late September 2008. The works will then be
performed at the Agora de la danse, the project's presenting partner, on
September 25, 26 and 27, following a three-day technical residence.
    An important note: as part of the project, throughout the creation
process winners will benefit from the enlightened mentorship of
Gradimir Pankov, Artistic Director of Les Grands Ballets, as well as that of
Stéphan Pépin, the institution's Production Director.
    Interested candidates can see the competition information sheet on the
company's website at www.grandsballets.com.

For further information:

For further information: Francine Arsenault, Communications, (514)
849-8681, ext. 227, farsenault@grandsballets.com, www.grandsballets.com

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