Around the world at Christmas time there is one tradition that brings to life the magic of the season, lighting up the imaginations of audiences for over 100 years. The Nutcracker, in its many versions, is a timeless classic adored by young and old. Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal have been presenting their Nutcracker with choreography by Fernand Nault since 1964, the longest running show of its kind in Canada, bringing joy and festive spirit to over 200 000 show goers. It is no small feat to put on this production every season, but year after year dancers take on the familiar roles with renewed excitement. The sparkle of The Nutcracker never fades and this year showed no exception.
Spring is always an exciting time. All the big companies reveal their upcoming season, filling us with anticipation for the year to come. This year, the Grands Ballets’ season launch goes beyond the usual excitement of revealing the shows that will fill our cultural calendars for 2016-2017. They have not one, not two, but a whole slew of news and events that really up the ante. Tuesday night at the Theatre Maisonneuve dancers, fans, and media all gathered to finally get the answers to our burning questions: what shows can we look forward to? When will the Wilder building be ready? And, the real nail biter, who will be appointed as the new artistic director?