In ballet, having a live orchestra in the pit, rather than using a simple audio recording, is invaluable, which is why Les Grands Ballets Canadiens has been proud to have its own orchestra for 30 years.
Did you know that Les Grands Ballets Canadiens is the third largest employer of musicians in Montreal, after the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Orchestre Métropolitain? In addition to rehearsing for over 60 hours per season, the musicians are in the pit for approximately 40 performances (5 productions per year), which represents approximately 90 additional hours. The number of musicians varies for each ballet, depending on the musical score.
Present during rehearsals, they follow and carry the dancers through every variation of the choreography to ensure perfect cohesion. Les Grands Ballets is dedicated to providing the spectator with a unique, complete and immersive experience, an unmatched fusion between the stage and the audience.
This artistic vision requires an annual investment of nearly $1 million in musical expenses.