Les Grands Ballets
Founded by Ludmilla Chiriaeff in 1957, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal is one of the three resident companies at Place des Arts. The company is devoted to the development of ballet in all its forms, including classical ballet, neoclassical ballet and contemporary ballet, all resting on the foundations of classical technique.
Les Grands Ballets have made their mark by presenting works by choreographers both up-and-coming (Christian Spuck, Stephan Thoss, Stijn Celis, Didy Veldman) and renowned (Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek and Ohad Naharin). Les Grands Ballets are also known for their annual holiday show, The Nutcracker, by Québécois choreographer Fernand Nault.
The dance company’s works and choreographies are performed on stage at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier and Théâtre Maisonneuve.
The 2016-2017 season is the last one for Gradimir Pankov, the company’s artistic director since 1999. For the 2017-2018 season, Ivan Cavallari takes the helm as the new artistic director. Trained at the Ballet School of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan and awarded a scholarship to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Ivan Cavallari later became the principal dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, choreographer and artistic director of the West Australian Ballet, and director of the Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin.
A DANCE SPACE AT THE HEART OF THE QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES
In 2017, Les Grands Ballets moved, along with several other companies and players on the Montréal dance scene, to Espace Danse in the Wilder Building. This unique vector for creation and convergence, next to Place des Arts, at the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, provides the company with infrastructures comparable to those of the most prominent international dance companies, strengthening the position of Montréal and Québec as world pillars of dance creation and innovation.