While remaining resident choreographer of Les Grands Ballets, Fernand Nault worked at the École supérieure de ballet du Québec as choreographer and ballet master. Between 1985 and 1988 he put together, at the instigation of Ludmilla Chiriaeff, several series of shows intended to awaken a taste for dance in primary and secondary-school students as well as in Cegep students in the Montreal.
Fernand Nault conceived numerous choreographies for Alberta Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Korea, Joffrey Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Federation of the Philippines, Delta Festival Ballet and Washington Ballet. Additionally, from 1978 to 1981 he was guest choreographer and,from 1981 to 1982, artistic director with the Colorado Ballet. His other collaborations include works for Opéra de Montréal productions of Aida and The Merry Widow, in 1986 and 1991 respectively.
The Government of Canada paid tribute to Fernand Nault on three occasions, presenting him in 1967 with the Centennial Medal, in 1977 the Order of Canada, and in 2000 the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. In 1976 he received the choreography first prize at the VIIth Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria for his ballet Incohérence. In 1984 he was honored with the Prix Denise-Pelletier for performing arts. And in 1990 he was appointed Knight of the Ordre national du Québec and named choreographer emeritus of Les Grands Ballets.
Fernand Nault passed away on December 26, 2006, while The Nutcracker was been performed in theatre.
Learn more about the activities surrounding the 100th anniversary of Fernand Nault on his official website.