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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Measha Brueggergosman, Elena Bashkirova and Yannick Nezet-Seguin on Art & Fine Living with Jona in April and May, 2008

Celebrated Canadian Soprano, Measha Brueggergosman, who is currently performing the role of Elettra in Mozart's Idomeneo in Toronto, was a guest on the radio program. The lively conversation covered impressions of her visit and performances in Israel in 2007 and her first Mozart opera role with a major opera company. Conductor of Orchestre Metropolitain de Grand Montreal, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, also made a guest appearance on the show, to elaborate on his recent appointments as the principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and as the guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Acclaimed pianist Elena Bashkirova joined Jona Rapoport for a conversation about her musical journey and the foundation of the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival a decade ago.

Art & Fine Living with Jona can be heard live on Radio Shalom CJRS 1650 AM on Sundays at 7pm and on Wednesdays at 3pm. All programs can be accessed world-wide on the radio website at: www.radio-shalom.ca, or retrieved on the archives of the host's page.
Over the past six years, Jona Rapoport's unique show has evolved from four separate programs dedicated to the arts to its present format. Ms Rapoport combines enlightening interviews with artists, presenters and trend-makers from around the world, with a lively presentation of music and updates on upscale lifestyle trends. Her guests have all expressed strong support and admiration for her tireless efforts and commitment to the arts.

Previous guests on the show include: Cinema: Mike Newell, George Weiss; Photography: Varda Pollack-Sahm; Dance: Callye Robinson, Lina Cruz, Margie Gillis, Shen Wei; Visual Arts: Boaz Kaizman, Sandra Grant-Marchand, Joanne Lamoureux; Classical Instrumentalists: Violinist James Ehnes, Pianist Elena Bashkirova, Violinist Jonathan Crow, Pianist Lang Lang, Violinist Gil Shaham, Cellist Denise Djokic, Cellist Yuli Turovsky, Violinist Sophie Dugas; Composers: Thomas Beveridge, Ofer Ben-Amots, Lori Laitman; Classical Vocalists: Bass Denis Sedov, Soprano Hasmik Papian, Soprano Natalie Dessay, Soprano Manon Feubel, Mezzo Michèle Losier, Tenor Ben Heppner, Tenor Richard Margison, Tenor Frederic Antoun, Tenor Marc Hervieux; Specialists: Michel Beaulac (Opera), Pierre Vachon (Opera), Chantal Lambert (Opera); Jazz/World: Carol Welsman, Sophie Milman, Harry Connick Jr, Alain Caron, Walter Blanding, Imani Gonzales, Sean Lennon; Conductors: Yuli Turovsky, Jacques Lacombe, Rolf Bertsch, Yannick Nezet- Seguin, Ascher Fisch; Theatre: Daniel Lillford, Vittorio Rossi, Peter Hinton, Quincy Armorer, Daniel Brooks, Ben Gonshor, Elan Kunin , Caroline Cave ,Bryna Wasserman, Mark Watty, Roy Surette; Travel: George Deeb, Marian Marbury; Fine Living: Joel Giberovitch, Chef Paul Little; Publisher and antique expert,Terry Kovel.

Producer and host Jona Rapoport is also the manager and publicist of American art song composer, Lori Laitman.

For more information, visit www.jonarapoport.com.

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The VSO presents Die Fledermaus with the UBC Opera Ensemble!


Vancouver BC – The final Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets concert of the season features the concert version of composer Johann Strauss Jr.’s most popular piece Die Fledermaus. Conducted by Maestro Bramwell Tovey, narrated by Christopher Gaze, and featuring the UBC Opera Ensemble, this 2pm matinee performance takes place on Thursday, May 15th at the Orpheum Theatre.

Created in 1995 by Professor Nancy Hermiston, the UBC Opera Ensemble draws its performers from advanced students in the UBC School of Music and young professionals. The ensemble tours regularly throughout Canada and Europe allowing its students to gain international experience. Having performed excerpts from The Merry Widow together in the 2006-2007 season, the VSO is delighted to be collaborating once again with this ensemble.

The Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets series presents six matinee concerts throughout the Season, all on Thursday afternoons at the Orpheum. These concerts feature light classical repertoire with host/narrator Christopher Gaze of Bard on the Beach fame, and are social events in themselves: a small army of VSO volunteers coordinates the serving of tea and cookies an hour before each concert throughout the Orpheum lobby for 2,500+ people each concert. A great way to spend Thursday afternoons, the Tea & Trumpets series has been one of the VSO’s most successful series concepts of the last twenty years.

A Synopsis of Die Fledermaus:

Gabriel von Eisenstein has been sentenced to a week's imprisonment for a minor offense. Before he goes to jail, his friend Dr. Falke persuades him to go to a ball being given by Prince Orlofsky. Three years earlier, Falke, dressed as a bat for a fancy-dress ball, was made to walk home in broad daylight as a joke by Eisenstein. Ever since that incident, he has been plotting his revenge. Rosalinda believes her husband is leaving for prison and invites her lover, Alfred, over for a rendezvous. The prison governor soon arrives to arrest Eisenstein and assumes Alfred to be him. Alfred allows himself to be taken off to prison as Eisenstein in order to protect Rosalinda’s reputation.

At the ball given by Prince Orlofsky, Rosalinda’s maid, Adele, wearing one of her mistress's gowns, has arrived. Eisenstein flirts outrageously with her, watched by his wife, whom Falke has disguised as a Hungarian Countess. Eisenstein then turns his attentions to the mysterious Countess, who manages to get a hold of his watch during their amorous tête-à-tête. The ball ends in praise of champagne and swearing of eternal friendship. The clock strikes six in the morning and Eisenstein begins his journey to prison.

Eisenstein arrives at the prison to begin his prison sentence. He is shocked to find he is being impersonated by Alfred and becomes infuriated when he realizes his wife has a lover. Rosalinda counters with the watch the 'Countess' obtained at the ball and his flirting with their maid Adele. Falke arrives just in time to explain it was all a joke in order to get his long awaited revenge. Champagne is blamed for the confusion and they all drink to celebrate reconciliation.

CONCERT INFO

Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets Series

Die Fledermaus

Thursday, May 15, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey conductor

Christopher Gaze host

UBC Opera Ensemble

Strauss Die Fledermaus

Ticket prices $35 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets Available at VSO Customer Service, 604.876.3434; Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone, 604.280.3311; online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Series Generously Sponsored By:

Pacific Arbour

BIOGRAPHIES

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

A musician of striking versatility, Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and warm, charismatic personality on the podium. Tovey’s career as a conductor is uniquely enhanced by his work as a composer and pianist, lending him a remarkable musical perspective.

His tenures as Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras have been characterized by his expertise in the opera, choral, and British repertoire. Tovey recently garnered a 2007 Grammy Award and a 2007 Juno Award for his recording with violinist James Ehnes and the Vancouver Symphony. Recently named Principal Guest Conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, he works frequently with the Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, among many others. He has presided as host and conductor of the New York Philharmonic’s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall since its founding in 2004.

A champion of contemporary music, Tovey developed the highly regarded New Music Festival in Winnipeg, during his tenure as Music Director. As a composer, he was honored with the Best Canadian Classical Composition Juno Award in 2003 for his Requiem for a Charred Skull. Upcoming new works include a co-commission for the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics’ respective 2008 summer seasons as well as a full-length opera for the Calgary Opera, The Inventor, to premiere in January of 2011.

Tovey has been awarded honorary degrees, including a Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music in London, honorary Doctorates of Law from the universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba, and Kwantlen University College, as well as a Royal Conservatory of Music Fellowship in Toronto. In 1999, he received the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction, a Canadian prize awarded to artists for outstanding contributions in the performing arts.

Christopher Gaze, host

Christopher Gaze is best known as Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Christopher hails from England where he trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He came to Canada in 1975 and has performed in virtually every major centre across Canada and the USA, including three seasons at the Shaw Festival. He moved to Vancouver in 1983 and founded Bard on the Beach in 1990. In addition to directing and acting with Bard, Christopher is the popular host of many Vancouver cultural events and often shares his insights on the theatre and Shakespeare with school groups, service organizations and local businesses. Christopher was recently honoured with an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal, an Honorary Doctorate from Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, the BC Community Achievement Award and the 2007 Medallion from the Children’s Theatre Foundations of America.

UBC Opera Ensemble

The UBC Opera Ensemble, under the direction of UBC Voice and Opera Division Head Nancy Hermiston, draws its performers from advanced students and young professionals. The ensemble tours regularly throughout Canada and Europe, produces two fully staged and costumed productions at the beautiful Chan Centre, as well as the lively and informative Opera Tea Series and the David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund Concert. Students participate in all aspects of the productions alongside professional singers, conductors, musicians, designers and technicians.

This year’s productions include Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, Puccini’s La Bohème, and Bach’s Johannes Passion (St. John’s Passion). In addition to its regular productions, the Ensemble is a frequent collaborator of such organizations as Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Opera, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

-VSO-

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Young pianist helps tell the tale of the boy genius Mozart



Remarkable young pianist joins Tania Miller

to tell the tale of the boy genius Mozart

Victoria, BCAt 8pm on May 6th at the Marriott Hotel, Shanna Fong, a gifted and award winning young pianist, joins the Victoria Symphony’s Music Director Tania Miller for Miller, Mozart and Martinis a special addition to the 2008 Mozart Festival.

Tania Miller will be discussing the life of Mozart and the impact his music has had on her and the world of music during this intimate social evening. Miller will tell the story of Mozart’s life including his travels through Europe as a young soloist. To enhance the tale of the young genius Shanna Fong will perform one of Mozart’s most popular keyboard works, Sonata K330, which was composed between 1780 and 1784 in Munich or during Mozart’s early years in Vienna.

Maestra Miller will be sharing her love for Mozart’s music with attendees, as well as relaxing with a special ‘Mozart Martini’ and mingling with guests. She is looking forward to the event, “Mozart would be most amused to see us getting together to toast him with a few martinis! I’m looking forward to celebrating with fellow Mozart lovers and spending some time sharing my love for his music.”

There are a limited number of tickets left for this event. Tickets can be purchased for $50 by calling 385-6515.

Shanna Fong began piano lessons at the age of six with her current teacher, Mrs. Ingrid L. Henderson at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Now only 13 years old Shanna has won numerous awards in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival including the Junior Piano Concerto Cup in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the Intermediate Concerto Cup in 2006. In addition, she was awarded the Intermediate Nathan Geminiano Cup for most distinguished piano performer and selected to represent Victoria in the B.C. Performing Arts Festival June 2006 receiving the

Runner-up award.

In July 2004 Shanna performed Mozart Piano Concerto No.8, K246, at the University of Victoria Piano Summer School concerto and chamber concert with string ensemble and again in 2007 performing the first movement of Mozart Piano Concerto No.13, K459. Recently, Shanna was invited to perform on stage in collaboration with world renowned violinist Moshe Hammer April 18th at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall.

Celebrating the extraordinary genius of Mozart and his contemporaries, the third annual Mozart Festival brings the incredible pianists of the Parker family to Victoria and includes a host of other events to appeal to everyone with a special affinity for everything Mozart.

The Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Island’s largest and most active arts organization offering its audiences 67 years of tradition, a commitment to fostering new music and a dedication to community involvement through music education. Showcasing the outstanding talents of its musicians and guest artists the Victoria Symphony’s 2007-2008 season offers a diverse and exciting line-up of over 100 concerts led by its vibrant Music Director Tania Miller.

Single ticket prices:

Orchestral concerts $25 to $60

Chamber concerts $25

Miller, Mozart and Martinis $50

Movie In Search of Mozart $10

Festival passes are also available. All passes and tickets can be purchased through the Victoria Symphony box office 385-6515 or www.victoriasymphony.ca

Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 3, 8pm, Royal Theatre

Orchestral concert: Jon Kimura Parker, piano Tania Miller, conductor

Sunday, May 4, 1pm – SOLD OUT

Children’s concert: The Magic Flute, The Victoria Music Corner Ensemble

Sunday, May 4, 7:30pm Alix Goolden Hall

Chamber concert:: Colin Tilney and Friends

Tuesday, May 6, 8pm Marriott Hotel

Social event with Tania Miller, ‘Miller, Mozart and Martinis’

Wednesday, May 7 8pm

Film screening: In Search of Mozart, documentary, Marriott Hotel

Thursday, May 8, 8pm Royal Theatre

Orchestral concert: Ian Parker, piano Tania Miller, conductor

Saturday, May 10, 7:30pm Alix Goolden Hall

Chamber concert: Gryphon Trio

Sunday May 11, 2:30pm and Monday, May 12, 8pm Royal Theatre

Orchestral concert: Ian, James and Edward Parker, piano Tania Miller, conductor

For tickets and venue information contact 385-6515 or visit www.victoriasymphony.ca

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NACO, May 10: Eugene Levy - Music and Humour: TD Canada Trust Family Adventures

Ottawa (Canada)Canada’s own crazy comedian Eugene Levy joins the National Arts Centre Orchestra for Music and Humour, the final TD Canada Trust Family Adventures concerts of the season on Saturday, May 10 at 13:30 and 15:30 in the afternoon. Eugene Levy and Principal Youth and Family Conductor Boris Brott, with the help of Ottawa actor Pierre Brault, pianist Gabriel Thibaudeau, and the Bangers and Smash percussion duo, will take the NAC Orchestra on a romp through the funny side of music. Meet the many composers who had a well developed funny bone in a concert that will leave you in hysterics! The one-hour bilingual TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra are perfect for kids 5 and up, and their grown-up friends

The concert ticket includes “TUNETOWN”, pre-concert activities in the NAC Foyer organized by Friends of the NAC Orchestra 45 minutes prior to each concert, beginning at 12:45 for the first concert and 14:45 for the second concert. Activities on May 10 include a percussion instrument petting zoo led by students from the Ottawa Youth Orchestra and the University of Ottawa; a display of humorous books from the Ottawa Public Library; a Tongue-Twister bowl; comedy improvisation with the students of Lisgar Collegiate Institute’s Improv Team; a sing-along of funny songs with Music for Young Children; a display of Chuckle Bros cartoons with NACO violinist Brian Boychuk, and a craft station where kids can make their own hippo pencil toppers.

Eugene Levy was one of the founding members of Second City (SCTV) and has appeared as supporting actor in a long string of movies including the American Pie series, three Christopher Guest “mockumentaries” which he co-wrote – A Mighty Wind, Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show – and four movies with Steve Martin including Father of the Bride. He has been inducted twice into the Canadian Walk of Fame – both as a member of SCTV in 2002 and solo in 2006 – and one week prior to the NAC Orchestra concert he is being honoured for Lifetime Achievement at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards at the NAC where his longtime friend Martin Short will be his presenter.

The concert includes musical selections from Haydn’s Surprise Symphony; Leroy Anderson’s The Waltzing Cat; Big Business both written and performed by pianist Gabriel Thibaudeau, and themes from Hockey Night in Canada and The Simpsons. John Serry’s Waltz will be performed on percussion by Bangers and Smash, and Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony will be performed with the help of some young members of the audience. Eugene Levy together with Pierre Brault will provide the hilarious baseball sportscasting for Peter Schikele’s famous take on Beethoven’s Fifth. The concert will also incorporate cartoons by the NAC Orchestra’s own funnyman Brian Boychuk of the internationally syndicated Chuckle Bros comic strip.

All TD Canada Trust Family Adventures feature NACOtron presented in collaboration with Rogers Television. Five television cameras positioned on stage and in the hall capture live video images of the musicians while they are performing, and these images are projected onto a giant screen above the stage allowing the audience to watch the action in close-up.

The Ottawa Citizen is the media partner of the TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra.

Tickets for Music and Humour with Eugene Levy on Saturday, May 10 at 13:30 and 15:30, including TuneTown Pre-Concert Activities, are $12.00 for children and $20.00 for adults (including GST and Facility Fee where applicable). They are on sale now at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Visit the National Arts Centre’s web site at www.nac-cna.ca.

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email grp@nac-cna.ca.

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Normand Deveault et son ensemble au Balcon

LES ANTILLES FRANÇAISES EN MUSIQUE

en compagnie de

Normand Deveault et son ensemble

Vendredi le 9 mai 2008

Le Balcon café-théâtre vous invite à une soirée majestueuse aux couleurs antillaises des plus belles et chaleureuses musiques en provenance du pays du soleil. Un spectacle de rêve mettant à l'honneur les rythmes jazz caribéens habilement présentés par Normand Deveault et son ensemble.

Ayant vécu près de 20 ans dans les Antilles Françaises, Normand Deveault a su s'imprégner de ces rythmes caribéens. Il s'est ensuite entouré en créant ce spectacle d'excellents musiciens tel que Normand Guilbault, ce contrebassiste dont la réputation n'est plus à faire. Cet ensemble musical de haut calibre saura très bien nous transmettre et nous faire partager leur passion pour ces rythmes uniques à travers une sélection de pièces originales, de classiques de ces pays et de quelques reprises habilement triées sur le volet. Un spectacle endiablé nous offrant une musique à saveur de vacance et de soleil.

Venez vous joindre à nous au Balcon café-théâtre le 9 mai prochain pour vous donner un avant goût de la saison estivale.

17h30 : Table d'hôte 4 services avec ambiance live, spectacle, taxes et pourboire inclus 62.08$

20h30 : Possibilité d'assister au spectacle seulement 16.93$

Le Balcon Café-Théâtre est situé au 304 rue Notre-Dame est à Montréal.


Denis Drolet - Dernière chance à Montréal


Les Denis Drolet

LES DENIS DROLET – LES DROLETTERIES

DERNIÈRE CHANCE À MONTRÉAL

16 MAI - CINQUIÈME SALLE DE LA PLACE DES ARTS

Montréal, le 30 avril 2008 – Incarnant tout ce qui est contraire à la logique et à la structure, les Denis Drolet fouleront la scène de la Cinquième Salle le 16 mai dans le cadre de la dernière représentation montréalaise des Droletteries.

Sillonnant le Québec avec Les Droletteries depuis janvier 2007, ce spectacle en aura séduit plus d'un, comme en fait foi cette sixième représentation en sol montréalais. Au programme, de nouveaux personnages débridés ainsi que l'irremplaçable Just-To-Buy-My-Love, des textes imprévisibles et déroutants, des chansons tirées de leur album 2d et des fous rires garantis !

Les dignes représentants du non-sens vous invitent pour la dernière fois à l'intérieur de l'univers savoureusement délirant des Droletteries, suite à quoi les Denis Drolet s'éclipseront afin de plancher sur de nouveaux projets. Parions que les nouvelles activités de notre duo absurde préféré seront aussi rafraîchissantes que leurs spectacles !

"Leur humour est toujours aussi hilarant, déstabilisant… et irrésistible! Les Denis Drolet sont toujours aussi rafraîchissants dans le merveilleux monde de l'humour québécois. S'ils n'existaient pas, il faudrait les inventer."

Maxime Demers, Journal de Montréal

"On rit à en avoir mal au ventre."

Isabelle Massé, La Presse

"Quelque chose de totalement unique, où l'on passe de Claude Gauvreau aux Démons du midi."

Catherine Perin, Première chaîne

« Du pur bonheur! »

Caféine, TQS

Hip-di-Hip hourra!!! Billets en vente maintenant sur le réseau Admission

(514) 790‑1245, sans frais au 1-800-361‑4595, www.admission.com.

La tournée Les Droletteries tire à sa fin! Plus qu'une représentation à l'extérieur de Montréal !

24 mai – Ste-Anne-de-Sorel (Théâtre du Chenal-du-Moine)

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Call for $10,000 grant applications open

Music teachers in Canada sing the praises of MusiCan

TORONTO, April 29 - Today, MusiCan celebrates a recent survey that proves with a
fistful of money and a lot of heart, significant growth in music education is
possible. The survey reported that recipient school students have been given the
ability to explore different genres of music, seen the creation of new musical
ensembles and many recipient schools have indicated an increased number of public
performances since being awarded a grant. MusiCan, the charitable arm of the
Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), plans to continue its
mission to elevate music education in Canadian schools, and is now accepting
applications for 2008-2009 Band Aid grants. Schools will find more information on
application criteria, including downloadable Application Forms for Band Aid grants
at www.musican.ca.

Applications will be accepted from May 1 - August 1, 2008.
The Band Aid musical instrument grants provide Canadian public schools - elementary,
secondary and separate - $10,000 towards the purchase of new musical instruments.
Past grant recipients continue to report positive effects of the increased inventory
size and quality of musical instruments available at their schools,
and an increased time spent on instruction instead of instrument repair.

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Saison 2008-2009 - Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal


PRENEZ PART AU MOUVEMENT !

Montréal, le 29 avril 2008 – Forts du succès de sa saison 2007-2008, où des records d'assistance ont été fracassés avec des salles remplies à 95 % et plus de 75 000 spectateurs pour la seule année 2007, c'est le coeur à la fête que Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal entreprennent leur 52e saison. Sous la direction artistique de Gradimir Pankov, la compagnie promet encore une fois d'en mettre plein la vue avec un florilège de spectacles, mettant en vedette les chorégraphes bien établis et les étoiles montantes du ballet contemporain. Cette nouvelle saison s'annonce grisante, somptueuse et irrésistible!

Tchaïkovski est sur tous les fronts ! Un des fils conducteurs de la saison est sans contredit la musique du compositeur russe P.I. Tchaïkovski (1840-1893), au programme de tous les spectacles cette année, à deux exceptions près! Le chorégraphe russe Boris Eifman et sa célèbre compagnie, le Eifman Ballet Theatre de Saint-Pétersbourg, brosse même le portrait de cet homme déchiré dans Tchaïkovski possédé par son double, un de ses ballets les plus achevés, au programme de la saison. L'oeuvre abondante de Tchaïkovski — opéras, ballets, symphonies, concertos, musique de chambre, mélodies —, a exercé une influence considérable sur plusieurs générations de compositeurs russes et continue de séduire tous les publics.

Autre fil conducteur : la saison 2008-2009 des Grands Ballets comprend des oeuvres qui ont suscité un très grand enthousiasme à leur création, parmi lesquels La dame de pique de Kim Brandstrup, La belle au bois dormant de Mats Ek et Re-, II de Shen Wei, afin qu'ils touchent un auditoire encore plus vaste. Ces oeuvres hautement visuelles opèrent une fusion remarquable entre tradition et modernité, métissant la danse à la littérature et aux autres formes d'art. Spectaculaires, virtuoses et divertissantes, elles s'abreuvent à de grands classiques : une

nouvelle fantastique de Pouchkine pour La dame de pique, un conte populaire qui a marqué de nombreuses générations dans le cas de La belle au bois dormant. À ces relectures, se rattache également le fameux Casse- Noisette de Fernand Nault, inspiré du conte d'Hoffmann. Pour sa part, le chorégraphe Shen Wei nous convie avec Re-, II à une rencontre entre le passé et le présent, entre l'Orient et l'Occident, dans un langage défiant toute catégorisation.

CONCOURS CHORÉGRAPHIQUE : UNE BOUFFÉE D'AIR FRAIS

Comme entrée en matière, assistez en début de saison aux premiers pas de quatre jeunes chorégraphes canadiens, dont un du Québec. Âgés de moins de 30 ans et sélectionnés pour leur originalité, les lauréats du premier concours chorégraphique national mis sur pied par Gradimir Pankov ont eu cinq semaines pour créer des pièces ne dépassant pas 25 minutes pour un maximum de quatre danseurs de la compagnie. Ces futures têtes d'affiches de la danse canadienne, de concert avec les GBCM, vous invitent à être témoins de leurs précieux débuts les 25, 26 et 27 septembre 2008 à l'Agora de la danse. Préparez-vous à une bouffée d'air frais!

LA DAME DE PIQUE : ATOUT MAJEUR

Suivra La dame de pique, du chorégraphe danois Kim Brandstrup, l'une des productions les plus ambitieuses des GBCM. Cette somptueux oeuvre intégrale pour une trentaine de danseurs, sur la musique de Gabriel Thibodeau d'après Tchaïkovski, conjugue audacieusement danse sur pointes et décors virtuels. La dame de pique est inspirée de la nouvelle éponyme de l'écrivain Alexandre Pouchkine (1799-1837) qui raconte les amours destructrices d'Hermann, un officier de l'armée russe, obsédé par l'idée d'arracher à une vieille comtesse son secret pour gagner aux cartes et accéder ainsi à l'élite. Kim Brandstrup, cinéaste et chorégraphe danois passionné

de cinéma muet, dont les maîtres à penser sont Kurosawa ou Eisenstein, en a complètement dépoussiéré le récit. « J'ai toujours été intéressé à raconter des histoires avec mes ballets en utilisant le langage du cinéma contemporain. Toute ma démarche vient de là et ce, depuis longtemps », précise l'artiste. Montée comme un film, brûlante d'actualité, cette relecture résolument novatrice de Pouchkine par Brandstrup s'impose comme un atout majeur dans l'univers de la création. « La dame de pique joue toutes les bonnes cartes. » (The National Post ). Les 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 31 octobre et 1er novembre au Théâtre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts.

CASSE-NOISETTE : UN GRAND CLASSIQUE

Durant le temps des Fêtes, prenez l'express des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal en direction du monde féerique de Casse-Noisette. En compagnie des jeunes guides Clara et Fritz et d'une ribambelle d'enfants, découvrez un univers fantasmagorique aux décors somptueux. Escale au fabuleux Pays des neiges, séjour inoubliable au Royaume des friandises et audience avec le Roi des Bonbons et la Fée Dragée sont au programme! Vous y croiserez plus de 150 personnages aux costumes riches et chatoyants. Cet immortel conte d'Hoffmann chorégraphié

en 1964 par Fernand Nault sur la ravissante musique de … Tchaïkovski! comblera toute la famille. Prenez vite vos places, le joyeux convoi ne prend le départ qu'une fois l'an. Du 13 au 30 décembre à la Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts.

TCHAÏKOVSKI POSSÉDÉ PAR SON DOUBLE : UN BALLET TRIOMPHAL

En février, cap sur la Russie ! Encensé par la critique lors de son premier passage à Montréal, le Eifman Ballet Theatre de Saint-Pétersbourg est de retour à l'invitation des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. La célèbre troupe, qui présentait sa renversante Giselle rouge en 2005, nous revient avec Tchaïkovski possédé par son double de Boris Eifman, philosophe de la danse salué par le New York Times comme « le plus brillant chorégraphe russe ». Sur son lit de mort, Piotr Illitch Tchaikovski délire, hallucine, se dédouble, revit les événements déterminants de sa vie. L'oeuvre, grandiose, nous plonge au coeur de la vie tourmentée du compositeur, torturé

par une homosexualité réprimée, et déchiré entre sa soif de reconnaissance et son désir de rébellion. Liant brillamment des extraits de ses chefs-d'oeuvre musicaux, elle met en lumière l'extraordinaire intensité dramatique et la technique sans failles des danseurs de la compagnie. Un ballet qui a fait un tabac à Paris et New York! Pour trois soirs seulement les 19, 20 et 21 février 2009 à la Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts.

UNE NOUVELLE CRÉATION DE STIJN CELIS JUMELÉE À RE–, II DE SHEN WEI :

DEUX MUSTS ABSOLUS!

Le chorégraphe belge Stijn Celis est la coqueluche actuelle du ballet européen. Après avoir créé pour Les Grands Ballets de magnifiques Noces en 2002 et une Cendrillon des plus surprenantes en 2007, Celis nous réserve une création exclusive pour les GBCM, en première mondiale. Avec Celis, il faut s'attendre à tout! Surprise et dépaysement assurés avec ce chorégraphe audacieux qui n'a pas froid aux yeux et qui se plaît à déboulonner les mythes. Quoi de mieux que cette première mondiale pour saluer l'arrivée du printemps! Le prodigieux chorégraphe chinois Shen Wei, qui contribuera à la 29e Cérémonie d'ouverture des Jeux olympiques de Beijing à l'été 2008, sera également de la soirée avec la reprise de Re-,II, une oeuvre qui a « pétrifié littéralement le

public par sa beauté singulière » (Le Devoir ) en 2007. Née de ses impressions à la suite d'un séjour au temple d'Angkor Vat au Cambodge, Re-, II allie mouvement, peinture, sculpture, Orient et Occident dans un langage d'une incroyable originalité. Deux oeuvres exceptionnelles et hypnotiques…, deux musts absolus! Les 26, 27 et 28 mars, 2, 3 et 4 avril 2009 au Théâtre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts.

LA BELLE AU BOIS DORMANT DE MATS EK : UN SPECTACLE DÉCAPANT!

Subversive, cocasse et touchante de fragilité, La belle au bois dormant de Mats Ek émergera de son sommeil dès l'annonce des beaux jours, grâce aux Grands Ballets, après une première présentation par le Ballet Cullberg en 2001. Le chorégraphe suédois a revisité avec audace nombre de ballets classiques. « Un conte de fée est comme une jolie maison, mais il y a un écriteau sur la porte annonçant zone minée », dit Mats Ek. Dans sa version librement inspirée du conte de Perrault et qui salue de quelques clins d'oeil celle de Petipa créée en 1890, des événements inexplicables se produisent. Exit la belle princesse endormie, bonjour la jeune fugueuse, rebelle et toxicomane, en quête d'amour et de paradis artificiels ! Utilisant une gestuelle ample et incisive, d'une énergie débridée, Mats Ek met en scène une Belle au bois dormant coup-de-poing, marquée par sa vision d'une jeune fille stone croisée au bord d'une route. La splendide musique de Tchaïkovski berce le tout! « Ceux qui voient cette Belle au bois dormant ne l'oublieront jamais. » (The Gazette ). Les 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 et 16 mai 2009

au Théâtre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts.

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Les Grands Ballets canadiens de Montréal's 52nd season:

JOIN THE MOVEMENT!

Montréal, April 29, 2008 – Bolstered by the success of the 2007-2008 season—a year of record-breaking attendance, with seats filled to 95% capacity and over 75,000 spectators in 2007 alone—Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal is approaching its 52nd season in high spirits! Under the artistic direction of Gradimir Pankov, the coming year promises to be equally dazzling, with a stunning series of shows that spotlight leading choreographers and rising stars in contemporary ballet. Three words sum it up: sumptuous, heady and irresistible!

Tchaikovsky all the way! One of the season's most evident recurring themes is the music of Russian composer P. I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), which will feature in every show except two! Russian choreographer Boris Eifman and his celebrated troupe, the Eifman Ballet Theatre of St. Petersburg, even go so far as to paint a portrait of the composer himself in Tchaikovsky: The Mystery of Life and Death, one of Eifman's most accomplished works and a prized addition to the season's program. Tchaikovsky's prolific output—his operas, ballets, symphonies, concertos, chamber music and melodies—has had a strong influence on generations of Russian compose and continues to enchant audiences today.

Other themes: In the interests of reaching an even broader audience, the coming season will include previously staged and highly acclaimed works like Kim Brandstrup's Queen of Spades, Mats Ek's Sleeping Beauty and Shen Wei's Re-, II. Spectacular, virtuosic, entertaining and strongly visual, all three pieces are a remarkable combination of tradition and modernity, juxtaposing dance with literature and other art forms. The 2008-2009 season is also noteworthy in that it revisits a number of great classics, with Brandstrup's Queen of Spades inspired by Puskin's novella; Ek's Sleeping Beauty reworking Perreault's beloved fairytale; and Nault's Nutcracker based on the tale by Hoffmann. As for Wei's Re-, II, it brings together past and present, East and West in an original gestural language that defies categorization.

CHOREOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

To start things off on a bright new note, the season will kick off with the works of four young Canadian choreographers, one of whom is from Quebec. Aged under 30 and chosen for their originality, the winners of the first national choreographic competition—an initiative launched by Gradimir Pankov—had five weeks in which to create a piece for up to four GBCM dancers lasting a maximum of 25 minutes. Together with Les Grands Ballets, these future headliners in Canadian dance invite you to witness their historic debuts on September 25, 26 and

27, 2008 at L'Agora de la danse. Get set for a breath of fresh air!

THE QUEEN OF SPADES: TRUMP CARD

Next up will be one of the GBCM's most ambitious productions to date: The Queen of Spades, by Danish choreographer Kim Brandstrup. Set to Gabriel Thibodeau's reworked version of Tchaikovsky's score, this lush full-length ballet for 30 dancers boldly combines classical pointe work with virtual sets. Adapted from the eponymous novella by Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), The Queen of Spades tells of the destructive passions of Hermann, a Russian army officer obsessed with the notion of obtaining a secret from an old countess that will let him win at cards and gain access to the upper levels of society. Brandstrup—a filmmaker and choreographer whose artistic mentors (notably Eisenstein and Kurosawa) reflect his passion for the silver

screen—has breathed new life into the tale. "I have always been interested in telling stories with my ballets through the language of contemporary film. It's the basis for my whole approach and has been for a long time," said the artist. Staged like a film and brimming with feverish activity, Bandstrup's rereading of Pushkin is a winning card in the world of dance creation. "Queen of Spades deals all the right cards." – National Post October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 31 and November 1, 2008 at Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts.

THE NUTCRACKER: RETURN OF A BELOVED CLASSIC

This holiday season, take the GBCM express to the magical realm of The Nutcracker. With your young guides Clara and Fritz and a throng of youngsters, discover a phantasmagorical world brought to life by dazzling sets.

On the itinerary: a stopover in the legendary Land of Snow, an unforgettable stay in the Land of Sweets, an audience with the King of Sweets and an encounter with the Sugarplum Fairy! Meet over 150 sparklingly costumed characters as your journey unfolds. Hoffmann's timeless tale, choreographed in 1964 by Fernand Nault to Tchaikovsky's ravishing score, is a treat for the whole family. Hurry and get your seats: this joyous procession departs but once a year! December 13 to 30, 2008 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts.

TCHAIKOVSKY: THE MYSTERY OF LIFE AND DEATH: A TOUR DE FORCE

Come February, it's destination Russia! Critically acclaimed on their first visit to Montréal, the Eifman Ballet Theatre of St. Petersburg is back at the invitation of Les Grands Ballets. The famous troupe, that wowed the city with Red Giselle, now presents Tchaikovsky: The Mystery of Life and Death by Boris Eifman, a "philosopher of dance" hailed by The New York Times as "Russia's most successful contemporary choreographer." Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, on his deathbed, delirious and hallucinating, relives the major events of his life. Eifman's magnificent ballet plunges the audience into the tormented life of the Russian composer, tortured by his repressed homosexuality and torn between his rebellious nature and his thirst for recognition. Peopled by characters from the Tchaikovsky's legendary ballets, the work brilliantly weaves together excerpts of the composer's musical masterpieces. Tchaikovsky: The Mystery of Life and Death also points up the extraordinary dramatic intensity and faultless technique of Eifman's dancers. A ballet that took Paris and New York by storm! For three nights only: February 19, 20 and 21, 2009 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts.

STIJN CELIS' NEW WORK PAIRED WITH RE–, II BY SHEN WEI: A MUST-SEE DOUBLE BILL!

After his magnificent Noces (2002) and equally astonishing Cinderella (2007), both of which he created for Les Grands Ballets, Belgian choreographer Stijn Celis will serve up a new work created exclusively for the company. As always, with Celis—the darling of European dance, and a bold choreographer who likes nothing better than to dismantle tradition and myth—anything is possible. Change of scene guaranteed; and what better way to greet the arrival of spring than with a world premiere? Also on the evening's program is the extraordinary Shen Wei. The Chinese choreographer, whose work will feature in the opening ceremonies of the 29th Olympic Games this summer in Beijing, will stage a reprise of Re-, II—a work that, when it first played in Montréal in 2007, "veritably froze audiences to their seats with its singular beauty" (Le Devoir ). Based on impressions from Wei's sojourn at the Angkor Vat temple in Cambodia, Re-, II brings East and West together with movement, painting and sculpture in a language of incredible originality. Two masterful, compelling works: two absolute musts!

March 26, 27, 28 and April 2, 3 and 4, 2009 at Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts.

MATS EK'S SLEEPING BEAUTY: AN EYE-OPENING EVENING!

First staged by the Cullberg Ballet in 2001, Mats Ek's subversive, comical and heart-rendingly fragile Sleeping Beauty awakens in Montréal come summer, courtesy of Les Grands Ballets. The Swedish choreographer is known for his radical reworkings of various classical ballets. "A fairy tale is like a pretty little cottage," Ek said, "with a sign on the door saying 'Danger: landmines!'" Ek has taken Charles Perrault's original tale and created a bold adaptation that, with occasional nods to Marius Petipa's 1890 choreography, ushers in the unexpected. Exit the beautiful sleeping princess: enter the young runaway, a rebellious junkie in search of love and caught up in an artificial paradise. "I have a strong urge to tell stories," said Ek. Inspired by an encounter with a young addict on the street, Ek's Sleeping Beauty delivers a knockout punch through its use of an unbridled, energetic and incisive gestural language. All of it wrapped up in Tchaikovsky's splendid score. "Those who see this Sleeping Beauty will never forget it." (The Gazette ) May 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15, 2009 at Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts.

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