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LES GRANDS BALLETS CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NUTCRACKER

Les Grands Ballets | Casse-Noisette | Danseuse: Mahomie Endoh Press Release PDF Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal’s The Nutcracker celebrates its 50th anniversary! This adaptation of the E. T. A. Hoffmann’s tale by Canadian choreographer Fernand Nault has enchanted generations of children with little Clara’s fantastic voyage to the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets. This year, audiences can catch performances at Salle Wilfrid- Pelletier of Place des Arts from December 12 to 30. A storytelling session, as always, will take place with Jacques Piperni an hour before the performance. Created in 1964 for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Nault’s production of The Nutcracker turns 50 years old in 2014. To mark this occasion, Les Grands Ballets are planning a number of events that will be unveiled in September, all of which will add a dose of magic to the holiday season. Not-to-be-missed!  

Fernand Nault

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 back!

Following the great success of the third Nutcracker Market, the event will be back for a fourth year in November 2013 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The list of exhibitors will be announced next Fall, along with their original and diverse roducts garanteed to satisfy one and all! 10% of market sales and all profits made by Les Grands Ballets go directly to the Nutcracker Fund for Children.  

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.
Media contact
Aléna Jeangrand
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514-849-8681 # 263
ajeangrand@grandsballets.com