Dear audience members,
Even before officially taking up my duties as Artistic Director of Les Grands Ballets, I wrote to you about the need, as I perceived it, to open the company’s doors and get closer to you. That openness, which dovetails perfectly with our recent move to Édifice Wilder Espace danse in the heart of downtown Montréal, comes across in many ways: public access to classes and rehearsals, courses offered by our Studios and the National Centre for Dance Therapy, more meetings between our dancers and the general public, new initiatives to groom future talent, and closer ties with creators and other key figures in the local dance community.
More and more every day, I am discovering just how large Quebec’s talent pool is. The work that illustrates that best is without a doubt our very own Nutcracker. From Fernand Nault to Vincent Warren and François Barbeau, this ballet is steeped in the memory of local artists of unlimited talent who have now, unfortunately, left us. Thanks to them, The Nutcracker captures all the magic of Christmas. It is a tradition that has endured for generations; it is a trip through the world of the imagination to discover the Land of Snow and its Queen, the Kingdom of Sweets and the King of Candyland. It is Clara and her nutcracker. It is happiness, generosity and sharing. It is also, and most importantly, children, with their bright eyes, their innocence and their spontaneity—qualities that we lose as we age, but to which I remain deeply attached.
Today, I would like to pay tribute to all these creators who have marked history with their commitment to developing local culture.
I wish you a wonderful show and a holiday season that is just as magical as The Nutcracker itself.