Ever since Ludmilla Chiriaeff founded the company in 1957, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal has been communicating its passion for dance and firing the imagination of audiences worldwide. This widely acclaimed company is devoted to developing ballet in all its forms, while remaining faithful to the spirit of classical ballet.
Les Grands Ballets has lit up stages around the world, particularly since the appointment of Gradimir Pankov as Artistic Director in 1999. The company’s reputation has been reinforced by many international successes over the past few years: Oman (2012), China (2011), the Middle East (2009), North America and Europe (Madrid, Berlin, Munich and three weeks at Les Étés de la danse in Paris). A leader among Montreal’s cultural institutions, the company now presents works by up-and-coming artists—Christian Spuck, Stephan Thoss, Stijn Celis, Didy Veldman—and renowned choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek and Ohad Naharin.