Choreography: Pyotr Gusev
Duration: 11 mins
Created in the truest Russian tradition, The Talisman is a pas de deux that showcases all the technical virtuosity typical of the great master’s choreographic style. A lively, elegant piece, sure to dazzle its audience.
Choreography: Asaf Messerer
Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Duration: 2 mins, 30 secs
Created in 1959 by Asaf Messerer, choreographer and former chief soloist with the celebrated Bolshoi Ballet, Springs Waters is an energetic and ethereal pas de deux that conjures up the first days of spring. Recognized for its highly athletic factor, this short piece features the agility of Les Grands Ballets’ dancers in a choreography that is literally astounding.
Requiem (excerpt – 6th movement)
Choreography: Andrew Skeels
Music: Johannes Brahms
Duration: 12 mins
A monumental work, the German Requiem of Johannes Brahms is an elegy created following the loss of his mentor, composer Robert Schumann, and of his mother. Inspired by the solemn beauty of the piece, choreographer Andrew Skeels presents a poignant work that explores the profundity of human connections.
Choreography: Peter Quanz
Duration: 5 mins, 40 secs
Canadian Peter Quanz returns to the stage of Les Grands Ballets with Blushing, a breathtaking piece that considers two young lovers at the start of their relationship. A pas de deux that will bring butterflies to your stomach, like the giddiness of first love.
Choreography: Jorge García
Duration: 14 mins
The finesse and the power of Cuban ballet are on the menu with Majísimo, by choreographer Jorge García, a product of the renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba. While celebrating all the power of classical ballet, Majísimo also finds inspiration in the traditions of Spanish dance.
Choreography: Garrett Smith
Duration: 4 mins, 25 secs
Garrett Smith, whose piece Dancing Beethoven won over Grands Ballets audiences in February 2020, returns with a creation entitled Solace.
Fête Sauvage, Volume 1
Choreography: Hélène Blackburn
Duration: 10 mins, 35 secs
Warding off ill fortune and the pandemic, Hélène Blackburn accepted an invitation from Les Grands Ballets to create a piece for 8 dancers. In these times of rare and fortuitous encounters, the choreographer plunges with pleasure into the world of these exceptional performers.
Lively and precise, her dance, never without a virtuosic element, unfolds in time and space by way of a succession of solos and duos that comprise instants of both delight and impromptu encounters.
Like the pagan festivities that marked the imaginations of pandemics past, this little example of one reminds us of just how much the call of the other can prove to be irresistible. To music by the band Dear Criminals, Fête Sauvage invites us to minutes of happiness and stolen pleasures, so that we may forget and immerse ourselves for a few brief moments in the paradise lost of life as it was.
Sleeping Beauty (excerpt)
Choreography: Marcia Haydée
Duration: 10 mins
The story of the sleeping princess dates back several centuries: on the day of her baptism, a young princess is cursed by the fairy Carabosse, whom no one has thought to invite. On her 16th birthday, Aurore pricks her finger and sinks into a deep 100-year sleep from which only a kiss of pure love can awaken her. In this version of one of ballet’s great classics, choreographer Marcia Haydée is inspired by Marius Petipa’s original version and retains the essence of 19th-century classical ballet.