Ivan Cavallari, Artistic director of Les Grands Ballets unveiled the 2018-2019 programming; an ode to Woman:
“Our programme this year is designed to awaken powerful emotions. Its central theme is Woman: through Her, this season’s repertoire comes to life […]. And while this season is dedicated to women, it is also meant for all those who are moved by strength, passion, and creativity at its best—husbands, lovers, partners, and all lovers of life!”
NEW CHOREOGRAPHY IN THE SPOTLIGHT
This season’s programme features two original creations: Lady Chatterley’s Lover by British choreographer Cathy Marston, and the three-part production Parlami d'Amore, showcasing three rising figures of European choreography (Douglas Lee, Marwik Schmitt, and another choreographer - to be announced) who each take on the challenge of developing a choreography on the inexhaustible theme of what it is to be a woman. Also, on the programme this season are two mainstays of Romantic ballet: Swan Lake, in a guest performance by the Polish National Ballet, and Giselle, adapted by Ivan Cavallari and performed by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Of course, the season would not be complete without the beloved annual production of The Nutcracker, to warm the hearts of young and old, now a tradition in its 55th consecutive year.
LES GRANDS BALLETS ORCHESTRA AT THE HEART OF THE SEASON
Music also comes into focus: four out of five performances are presented with live music performed by Les Grands Ballets Orchestra and conducted by Dina Gilbert AND Jean-Claude Picard. To conclude the season in grand style, the Soirée des étoiles is back again this year with a celebration of dance and song inspired by the repertoire of the great Céline Dion.