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TO CELEBRATE THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE NUTCRACKER
LES GRANDS BALLETS IS REACHING OUT TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN PREVIOUS EDITIONS FOR A FAMILY REUNION AT PLACE DES ARTS
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Montreal, September 19, 2013 — Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal’s version of The Nutcracker is celebrating its 50th anniversary! This adaptation of the E.T.A. Hoffmann tale by Canadian choreographer Fernand Nault has enchanted generations of children—and their parents—with little Clara’s phantasmagoric journey to the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets. In addition to the children involved in The Nutcracker, the production has, for 50 years, enlisted the services of dancers, designers, rehearsal directors, costume designers, dressers, musicians… This version by Les Grands Ballets, ranked among the world’s finest, has become a family tradition during the Holiday Season, and a part of Quebec’s cultural heritage.
“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!
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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.
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.
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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