On June 2, 2023, 800 people with varied abilities and a hundred children and teens who have been victims of violence are invited to a Relaxed performance of the ballet Cinderella by Jayne Smeulders. An echo of the message of hope, kindness and generosity displayed in the famous fairytale.
This effort of inclusivity is a part of Les Grands Ballets’ mission to offer access to art for everybody. With their National Center for Dance Therapy (NCDT) that celebrates its ten years of activity in 2023, Les Grands Ballets helps strengthen the potential of dance and art as a means of prevention and to improve well-being.
The NCDT will invite 800 people with varied abilities (autism, intellectual deficiencies, Down syndrome, and neurocognitive disorders) to attend a relaxed performance of Cinderella on June 2, 2023. As part of the Gratitude and Generosity Series, a hundred children and teens who have been victims of violence, coming from Fondation Marie-Vincent and several youth centers, will also attend the performance.
What is a relaxed performance? In order to attend to the sensory needs of some of our participants, the lights in the theatre will be lowered, the music will be adjusted, some calm areas will be set up just outside the venue and guests will be encouraged to move and express themselves during the show.
Les Grands Ballets is a proud partner of the Politique de l’enfant by the City of Montréal and would like to thank Fondation J.A. DeSève and an anonymous foundation regarding the Gratitude and Generosity Series.