Prestigious Les étés de la danse de Paris hosts Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal at the Grand Palais as part of Québec city's 400th anniversary celebrations

    MONTREAL, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - In July, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de
Montréal will be the featured guest company of Les étés de la danse de Paris,
one of the world's most prestigious ballet festivals.
    Since 2005, under the chairmanship of Mrs. Jacques Chirac, Les étés de la
danse has crowned the summer season in Paris with a major event dedicated
entirely to dance. The event, directed by Valéry Colin, hosts one
internationally acclaimed company each year, and attracts the attention not
only of the international media but also all of France thanks to a major
advertising campaign. The San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theater and Ballet Nacional de Cuba have preceded Les Grands Ballets as
featured guest companies at this festival.
    Les Grands Ballets, which has not performed in Paris for three decades,
has been invited to perform in the heart of the French capital from July 9
to 29, for a three-week and a half, 16-show residence as part of the event's
4th edition. Les Grands Ballets is the first cultural organization from Québec
and Canada to be chosen for this event to illustrate excellence, dynamism and
innovation in dance.
    Les Grands Ballets Canadiens will perform three different programs,
bringing together several works recently created for the company, including
Minus One by Ohad Naharin, Toot by Didy Veldman, Noces by Stijn Celis and Four
Seasons by Mauro Bigonzetti. The shows will be performed on a stage entirely
constructed in the central part of the Grand Palais, a legendary heritage
building situated on the lower part of the Champs Elysées. Les Grands Ballets
shows will constitute one of the main celebrations in the French capital
marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec City. More than
45,000 spectators are expected to attend!
    Les Grands Ballets Canadiens is pleased to be associated with prestigious
partners Alcan, Power Corporation, Tourisme Montréal and the Ministère du
Tourisme du Québec for this festival. The company is particularly proud to
have Air Canada as a special partner and official carrier. Les GBCM would also
like to thank the Délégation générale du Québec and the Canadian Embassy, in
Paris, for their valued contribution.

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For further information: Francine Arsenault, Communications, (514)
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