Before moving on to the final program of the season, the classical ballet Cinderella, Les Grands Ballets’ Ultraviolet program will highlight the company’s aptitude in contemporary dance.
The works by Kristen Céré, Roddy Doble, Lesley Telford, and Cass Mortimer Eipper will
“Explore different aspects of our collective and individual subconsciousness, investigating through different lenses the hidden motives behind our actions. Shedding light on the shadows living within us, dance becomes the vector of radiant revelations.”
Les Grands Ballets' Ultraviolet Program
Canadian choreographer Kristen Céré is interested in the complexity and depth of human
emotion. Delightful Disruption investigates the fragile and dark regions within us longing for light. In this intimate piece of contemporary ballet, Céré uses movement to explore a way of navigating through visceral and raw expression while taking a closer look at the shadow within.
Principal dancer Roddy Doble has choreographed a breathtaking pas de deux set on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto in D minor (BWV 974) after A. Marcello. Inspired by the music, Crater evokes a loneliness that feels simultaneously rich and desolate, allowing the female character to soar, plummet, and crumble. She is both aided and hindered by the male character, who is more manifestation than being.
The creative process of Beguile for Les Grands Ballets started in 2019 before being interrupted by the pandemic. During this hiatus, Lesley Telford has been inspired by a strong desire to connect with society at large. Through this contemporary dance creation, the choreographer explores our relationships and the vital need we feel to interact with each other.
At the crossroads of biology and digital technology, Cass Mortimer Eipper invites us to reassess our senses and cognition as we journey through lands made from mismatched bits and pieces. Substrate is one of these re-formed collages, blending futures and pasts. This work explores how hybridized versions of ourselves are merging with the debris of digital archives, that have warped humanity’s modes and methods of interacting.
All performances of Les Grands’ Ballets’ Ultraviolet program will be held at Théâtre Maisonneuve in Place des Arts.
- April 27 at 8 p.m.
- April 28 at 8 p.m.
- April 29 at 8 p.m.
- Apri l 30 at 2 p.m.
- May 4 at 8 p.m.
- May 5 at 8 p.m.
- May 6 at 8 p.m.
As part of its Gratitude and Generosity series, Les Grands Ballets has invited 200 women who are on their way out of homelessness or victims of violence to witness the beauty of Ultravoilet.
Featured Photo for Les Grands Ballets’ Ultraviolet program of Raphaël Bouchard and Vanesa G.-R. Montoya. Photo by Sasha Onyshchenko.
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