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STIJN CELIS ADDS ANOTHER UNFORGETTABLE WORK TO THE REPERTOIRE OF LES GRANDS BALLETS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF TRANSFIGURED NIGHT



Les Grands Ballets | La Nuit transfigurée | Danseur: Edi Blloshmi

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Les Grands Ballets are thrilled to announce the premiere of another commissioned choreography by Stijn Celis, a long-time collaborator and friend of the company. His new work, Transfigured Night, will be performed for the first time by our dancers at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts on May 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, 2014.

Inspired by a poem written by Richard Dehmel in 1896 and the innovative musical composition of the same name by Arnold Schoenberg that followed in 1899, Transfigured Night opens with a man and a woman walking in a dark forest. The woman reveals to her new lover that she is pregnant with another man’s child. Each of the movements that follows this announcement evokes the radiant transfiguration of two (three!) becoming one, glowing whole. The work—and the music—is divided into five distinct sections, reflecting the five stanzas of Dehmel’s poem and the profound emotions expressed in each.

About Stijn Celis


Among the most active contemporary choreographers working today, Belgian-born Stijn Celis first gained attention as a dancer for the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Zurich Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Bern Ballet and Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. His creative talents first came to light in 1991 during a choreographic workshop with the Grand Théâtre, then under the artistic direction of Gradimir Pankov. Since 1997, he has focused exclusively on choreography and set design. Stijn’s works have been staged by Ballet Gulbenkian, Ballet Mainz, Ballet Wiesbaden, Ballet Nürnberg and Cullberg Ballet and Bern Ballet. In 2002, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal commissioned him to create Noces, a vibrant treatise on the rites of marriage set to Stravinsky’s famous score and in 2003, Les Grands called on his choreographic talents once more for the creation of Cinderella (The Lost Shoe). Transfigured Night is his third work for the company.


Media contact
Aléna Jeangrand
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ajeangrand@grandsballets.com