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The fall 2016 guide to Montréal dance

Montréal’s dance scene is bubbling with innovation. Over the course of 2017, Tangente, Agora de la danse, the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal will move into the new Espace danse in the Wilder Building (1435 Bleury Street) at the Place des Festivals. In the meantime, they’ve been drawing from their deep well of creativity to offer you a truly breathtaking program. Here’s a look at the shows this season. Les Grands Ballets The Grands Ballets 60th marks a turning point in its history. Gradimir Pankov, Artistic Director of the company for the past 18 years, will be handing the reins over to Ivan Cavallari, current Artistic Director of the Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin in July 2017. As a farewell gift, Pankov invites audience to relive some of the pivotal moments in the Grands Ballets history as well as the company’s greatest triumphs. The season opens up with the neoclassical Roméo & Juliette by Jean-Christophe Maillot (October 13 to 28), followed by masterpieces such as Swan Lake danced by the Perm Opera Ballet (February 22 to 26, 2017) or Le Mariage de Figaro performed by the National Ballet of Ukraine (April… / Read More →

Montréal’s dance calendar for winter-spring 2016

Dance, the sixth art, is alive and thriving in 2016! The season kicked off in September with the inauguration of the much-anticipated Espace Dance in the Wilder Building, which is located in Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles (Entertainment District). It’s the new home base for four of the city’s core dance organizations: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Tangente, École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and Agora de la danse. To keep up the momentum, these popular dance troupes are offering an exciting program for the winter-spring of 2016. Wondering what’s worth seeing? We won’t tiptoe around the subject any further. Here are our top picks: Classic and contemporary ballet Les Grands Ballets Coppélia, February 18 to 21 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, performed by the Shanghai Ballet Choreographer: Pierre Lacotte, inspired by the work of Arthur Saint-Léon Based on Hoffman’s The Sandman, this classic ballet uses pantomime, mazurkas and character dances to tell the tale of Franz, a boy who is infatuated with Coppélia’s silhouette, which he glimpses through the window of the workshop belonging to Coppelius, the wise man who is later revealed to be an automaton. Préludes, March 10 to 19 at Théâtre Maisonneuve: Dim Light of Dawn and RE-(II)… / Read More →

See affordable shows on Montréal stages

The curtain goes up and the theatre, dance, circus or comedy show unfolds, its live tension palpable, often unique and unforgettable. In Montréal, that memorable experience doesn’t have to break the bank – all year round, the city’s stages are filled with live shows at affordable prices (some of them are even free!) The city’s biggest and arguably most opulent show venue, Place des Arts, houses six large theatres and several more show spaces right downtown. With shows every night, there’s usually something for every budget. Find inexpensive balcony seats for under $25, as well as student and seniors pricing and matinée deals at the Opéra de Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal  (OSM) conducted by Kent Nagano, the Orchestre Métropolitain, Les Grands Ballets, Canadian premieres of Broadway productions, and internationally touring dance company shows presented by Danse Danse. Especially watch for shows at Cinquième Salle, which often hosts cutting-edge productions by celebrated choreographers and directors. While theatre in Montréal is often quite affordable as it is, watch for inexpensive shows at the Segal Centre and Centaur Theatre studio and second stages, as well as theatre at the city’s many Maisons de la culture, host to productions by both established and… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: February 28-March 6

The city lights up this week for the all-night festivities of Nuit Blanche, a Quebec-made beer festival, internationally-acclaimed circus, theatre, dance and live music, and even keeps family spirits bright throughout spring break…