Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal are planning to move into the Espace Dance Québec in Summer 2016.
A UNIQUE CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT
Above all, the new building will meet the artistic needs of Les Grands Ballets, which have been confined to the second floor of a former garage on Rivard Street since 1980. The new dance studios, built to international standards, will improve rehearsal conditions for the dancers, while the production studio devoted entirely to creation will allow the company to pursue its innovative path. Performances will continue to take place at Place des Arts but the logistics will be simplified, given the proximity of the rehearsal and production spaces.
“As we wish to continue enhancing our reputation nationally and internationally, and to guarantee the best possible conditions for our dancers, the new home of Les Grands Ballets will undoubtedly stimulate the creativity of our artists and inspire the choreographers we work with,” adds Gradimir Pankov, Artistic Director of Les Grands Ballets.
LES GRANDS BALLETS’ EVOLUTION AND SUSTAINABILITY
ENHANCING MONTREAL’S REPUTATION AS AN INTERNATIONAL DANCE CAPITAL
This strategic site will be named Espace Danse Québec; in addition to Les Grands Ballets, it will house Agora de la Danse, Tangente and the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. Relying on its extensive expertise and knowledge, Les Grands Ballets decided to join forces with these three organizations to form a superior hub for dance, open to the community and in support of the discipline. To complete the project’s funding, these four organizations are working jointly on a private fundraising campaign of $12 million. Once Espace Danse Québec is integrated into Place des Festivals, it will serve as an invaluable springboard for both local and international artists, reinforcing Montreal’s position as a showcase for dance worldwide.