Quebec-born choreographer Eric Gauthier, a former soloist with the Stuttgart Ballet, is now the artistic director of Gauthier Dance // Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart. Grandes Dames is the latest expression of his love of dance. In this female-centric program, Marco Goecke— a frequent collaborator of the National Ballet of Canada and the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), to name only those two—offers an homage to Pina Bausch. Eric Gauthier himself presents a piece dedicated to outstanding artist Louise Lecavalier, while Berlin-based choreographer and theatre artist Helena Waldmann contributes a work both poetic and political, expressed in multi-faceted movement. Finally, Montrealer Virginie Brunelle, known for her acclaimed works Foutrement and Plomb, completes the creative quartet, deconstructing classic techniques to reveal a complex and moving humanity. Grandes Dames is all heart.