The current sanitary measures are making the preparation of a show of this scale impossible, as it requires months of preparation and involves hundreds of people. Considering the fact that theatres are currently closed, it is difficult for the company, from a financial standpoint to start the process of staging the show, without knowing if it could be presented to an audience.
‘From the very beginning of the pandemic, the safety and health of our artists, staff and audience has been the priority for Les Grands Ballets. We have studied all the possible scenarios and waited to see how the situation was evolving to try and maintain The Nutcracker’s performances. Nonetheless, the amount of people and the costs required to stage such a production make it impossible for the company to perform at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier this year. ‘ explains Ivan Cavallari.
The company is hoping to be eligible for the financial support announced by the Quebec Government earlier in October and Les Grands Ballets remains hopeful that a winter and spring 2021 programming is still possible.
This 57th edition of the ballet also celebrated the hundredth anniversary of its choreographer, Fernand Nault (1920-2006). The public will have the chance to learn more about his illustrious career during all of December on the company’s digital platforms.
The Nutcracker also means The Nutcracker Fund for Children, which allows Les Grands Ballets to invite every year 2,800 children from underprivileged backgrounds to see the show and 1,00 children to take part in educational workshops. Despite the current pandemic, Les Grands Ballets stays committed to the community and is preparing alternatives to the Fund’s regular activities for these children, possibly for the spring of 2021.