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LES GRANDS BALLETS SHINES FOR the 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NUTCRACKER
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Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal’s The Nutcracker celebrates its 50th anniversary! This adaptation of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s tale by Canadian choreographer Fernand Nault has enchanted generations of children with little Clara’s fantastic adventure to the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets.
“My dear children,
There is one fairy tale that I love above all others. Every year at Christmas time, I derive great pleasure from telling it to you once more. Come and sit close to me, make yourself comfortable and I will begin.” — Fernand Nault
LES GRANDS BALLETS IS RECONNECTING WITH ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE NUTCRACKER OVER THE PAST 50 YEARS
To celebrate this anniversary, Les Grands Ballets is searching for artists and dancers who took part in previous editions of the production. It is through their efforts, after all, that the magic of The Nutcracker has endured year after year.
A registration form (TheNutcrackerFamily.com), to be completed by November 1, 2013, will help the company reconnect with those involved in the celebrated production and inform them of the Family Reunion on December 12. This commemorative event will undoubtedly be filled with poignant, heart-warming moments! Sparks of excitement guaranteed!
This year, audiences can catch performances at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts from December 12 to 30. As always, storytelling, will take place with Jacques Piperni an hour before the performance.
THE NUTCRACKER BY-THE-NUMBERS:
- The show that has played for the longest time in the same venue in all of Canada. More than 2,000,000 spectators have seen this version of The Nutcracker since 1964!
- Nearly 10 000 dancers have participated in the show since 1964!
- More than 300 costumes
- Nearly 165 characters
- More than 300 people directly taking part in the production, including:
- Almost 115 children
- 35 company dancers
- 28 additional dancers
- 65 musicians
- And to that, we must add designers, rehearsal, masters, production technicians, seamstresses and many others!
- Each year, some $150,000 is invested to revamp part of the sets or costumes. A costume costs an average of $2,000. The King of Sweets costume is valued at $10,000.
Born in Montreal, Fernand Nault first studied dance with Maurice Morenoff and with other renowned masters in New York, London and Paris. From 1944 to 1965, he was a dancer, then ballet master at American Ballet Theatre, and also director of the company’s school in New York for many years. In 1965, he joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens as co-artistic director and resident choreographer. He helped the company take flight by creating astonishingly diverse works that span from classical to neoclassical, from contemporary to theatrical dance. His works include La Fille mal gardée, Symphony of Psalms, La Scouine, Carmina Burana and Tommy, as well as his famous The Nutcracker presented since 1964.
In 2011, Fernand Nault received the Médaille des Grands Artisans de la Révolution Tranquille, which was awarded to 50 artists and artisans who took part in the emancipation and promotion of Quebec culture – both nationally and internationally – in the 1960s.
MOUSE OF THE DAY
One hour before each performance, actor Jacques Piperni will give a reading of Hoffmann’s tale to children, after which the Mouse of the Day will be randomly selected. The lucky winner will then dress up as a mouse and appear on stage in the first act, before returning to his or her seat during intermission to watch the rest of the show.
THE NUTCRACKER MARKET IS BASK!
The Nutcracker Market is back! Following the great success of the third Nutcracker Market, the event will be back for a fourth consecutive year from November 28 to December 8, 2013 at Palais des congrès de Montréal. More than 80 exhibitors will present original and diverse products that will certainly satisfy the desires of each and everyone! 10% of market sales and all profits made by Les Grands Ballets godirectly to the Nutcracker Fund for Children. For more information, visit www.marchecassenoisette.com/en/
THE NUTCRACKER FUND FOR CHILDREN: MAKING THE MAGIC OF DANCE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL CHILDREN
The Nutcracker Fund for Children is a great cause working to grant access to the arts by offering children from disadvantaged neibourhoods the opportunity to attend educational and artistic workshops and a free performance of The Nutcracker, which this year will take place on December 17th. In 2012, schoolchildren filled all 2,800 seats of the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts for a special performance of The Nutcracker. To date, close to 20 000 children have benefited from this Fund, travelling to the realm of The Nutcracker during the holiday season.
by Fernand Nault
Music by Tchaïkovski
With Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal Orchestra
December 12, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 28, 2013, 7:30 P.M.
December 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30 décembre 2013, 2:00 P.M.
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Sponsors and partners
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal would like to thank its season sponsor, Cinémas Guzzo. The company would also like to thank TD Bank Group, the show’s title sponsor.
Les Grands Ballets is supported by Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts de Montréal.
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