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Les Etés de la danse

Grands Ballets Canadiens Photo courtesy of Grands Ballets Canadiens
Grands Ballets Canadiens
Photo courtesy of Grands Ballets Canadiens
Les Etés de la danse
PARIS  •  Grand Palais  •  Ongoing

The 2008 season hosts the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, in residence for 3 weeks.

Minus One by Ohad Naharin, a phenomenal hit in the Grands Ballets repertoire since its première in 2002, will open the gala on July 21. This frenzied patchwork of dance and performance, featuring song, movement and cabaret, showcases the i variety of the renowned Israeli choreographer’s style. 

Performances will take place at 9:30 p.m. on July 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26.

Program 2:

The second program comprises TooT, Noces and Six Dances. TooT, a piece for 15 dancers by Dutch choreographer Veldman, was inspired by Shostakovich’s Suite No 2 for jazz bands.

Noces was created by Belgian choreographer Celis to the enchanting notes of Stravinsky. This delirious Balkan country wedding, which calls on the talents of 24 performers, takes a critical look at the institution of marriage. Six Dances, by Kylián, choreographed for eight dancers to the piece Six German Dances by Mozart, is, according to Kylián, “an absurd poetic flood in six acts,” whose humour should “point out the relativity of our values.” The three choreographies
will be performed at 9:30 p.m. on July 29, 30 and 31, and August 1 and 2.

Program 3:

The third program includes The Four Seasons and Cantata by Italian choreographer Bigonzetti.  Cantata, commissioned by Ballet Gulbenkian in 2001, was added to the Grands Ballets repertoire last year. With traditional music from southern Italy, performed live by the singers of Gruppo Musicale Assurd, Cantata uses instinctive, vital dance to explore the multiple facets of relations between men and women. Performances take place at 9:30 p.m. on August 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

Les Etés de la danse Web Site

Contact: Grand Palais
75008 Paris
Tel: (33) 0892 687 100

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