Les Grands Ballets

50 years young... And still going strong. As illustrated throughout its history, Les Grand Ballets has remained loyal to the very essence of classical ballet since it was founded in 1957, and will continue exploring new territory for dance lovers both near and far.
60s
FROM GISELLE TO TOMMY
Young founder Ludmilla Chiriaeff knew that the troupe had to start by winning the hearts of audiences who had had little exposure to classical dance. First came the learning stage. Enthusiasm quickly followed: Giselle, Les Noces, La fille mal gardée and, soon after, the now-famous The Nutcracker by Fernand Nault. With Carmina Burana and Tommy, also by Fernand Nault, Montreal audiences were introduced to innovation early on and kept asking for more.
70s 80s
CELEBRATING THE PRESENT
Spurred on by this positive reception, Les Grands Ballets commissioned original works by young, up-and-coming choreographers. The troupe’s repertoire expanded throughout the 70s and 80s, with a wealth of Quebecois and Canadian creations, as well as with works by the great Balanchine.
90s
FROM NEAR AND FAR
Les Grands Ballets has continuously called on the talents of Canadian choreographers, including Ginette Laurin, Paul-André Fortier, Édouard Lock and James Kudelka. In keeping with the international status its founder had achieved, the troupe has also been able to combine this contribution with that of extremely talented European choreographers such as Jirí Kylián, Mats Ek and Ohad Naharin, while showcasing the world’s most prominent dance companies.
DIFFERENTLY CLASSIC
Determined to focus on creativity–both in its approach to the great classics and through the new works it brings audiences–today, Les Grands Ballets takes pride in offering spectators the opportunity to be moved. Differently.

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Persons

  • Addario, Kristin D\'
    Classical Ballet / Apprentice
  • Ailey, Alvin
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Alonso, Alicia
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Bigonzetti, Mauro
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Blloshmi, Edi
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Brandstrup, Kim
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Celis, Stijn
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Cima, Emma Garau
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Colbey, Sam
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Courtain, Hervé
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Couture, Jean Sébastien
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Deskins, Robert
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Durville, Émilie
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Ek, Mats
    Classical Ballet / Apprentice
  • Endoh, Mahomi
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Galdeano, Jérémy
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Gibson, Sarah
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kaczorowski, Marcin
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Kingston, Sarah
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Lapointe, Marie Ève
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Legat, Valentine
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Lorriaux, Graziella
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Maira, Sahra
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Malegue, Eline
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Mathes, Robin
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Montoya, Vanesa Garcia-Ribala
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Nault, Fernand
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Pankov, Gradimir
    Classical Ballet / Artistic Director
  • Pobega, Alisia
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Quanz, Peter
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Raia, Jeremy
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Ribeiro, Kenji Matsuyama
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Robinson, Callye
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Rufer, Rachel
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Salamanca, Raul
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Schürger, Aline
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Shreffler, Annie Jean
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Silva, André
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Skeels, Andrew
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Spuck, Christian
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Taira, Hikota
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Thoss, Stephan
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Veldman, Didy
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Wainrot, Mauricio
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Wei, Shen
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Wheeldon, Christopher
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Williams, Karell
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer