• Swan Lake (Act III)
    Photo: Michael Slobodian
  • Already bestowed the Audience Award at the Cinedans Festival (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the film Off Ground, starring Louise Lecavalier and Antoine Masson, a young dancer from L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec’s Professional Program, has now earned the Award for Creativity at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA).

    Award for Creativity at FIFA for film with young L’École supérieure dancer

    This honour underscores not only the beauty of this work, but also generational transmission through art,” explained Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director of L’École supérieure. “Indeed, Off Ground sensitively portrays the rapport between a mother, embodied by the magnificent Louise Lecavalier, and her son, portrayed by our student Antoine Masson, who bursts from the screen.” The short film, directed by Boudewijn Koole and choreographed by Jakop Ahlbom, was shot in Amsterdam in 2013.

    It was a film début for Antoine Masson, who has been a student in the Professional Program at L'École supérieure since 2011. “It was really special to play this role in the studio and to work with great artists,” said Masson. “It sparks my appetite to continue studying dance so I can be in more projects like this.”

    The Professional Program of L’École supérieure, a dance-study program spanning grade 5 to the 3rd year of junior college, offers the dancers of tomorrow the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their future profession through various collaborations as well as through an annual show, which will be held this year at the salle Pierre-Mercure on May 22 and 23.

    “L’École supérieure is taking advantage of this highly prestigious award from FIFA to publicly congratulate Louise Lecavalier who, along with Anik Bissonnette, will receive the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement,” said Alix Laurent, General Manager of L’École supérieure. “We would also like to congratulate Ms. Lecavalier on receiving the Grand Prix of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.”

  • L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec congratulates its Artistic Director Anik Bissonnette, the winner of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, the highest honour in Canadian dance.

    Anik Bissonnette wins Governor General’s Performing Arts Award

    “The honour bestowed upon Ms. Bissonnette is not only an occasion to congratulate her but also to express our pride at having a dancer with such an exceptional career as the Artistic Director of L’École supérieure. There is no doubt that she will make her mark in training the next generation of high-level dancers, and we applaud her dedication to these performers of tomorrow,” declared Madeleine Féquière, president of L’École supérieure, after the announcement of the GGPAAs at the PHI Centre in Montreal.

    “Ms. Bissonnette has always been able to combine excellence and emotion, and we are so happy to see her rewarded in this way,” added Alix Laurent, Executive Director of L’École supérieure.

    “Her reputation reflects on our school, and her ever-present commitment as a professional serves to sustain the dream of our founder, Madame Ludmilla Chiriaeff.”

    — Alix Laurent, Executive Director of L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec

    Ms. Bissonnette will accept her award in a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, May 9, 2014.

    >> Governor General's Performing Arts Awards

    (photo: Peter Morneau)

  • L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec is proud to have played a part in a film that will open the Festival international du film sur l’art on March 20, 2014. The short film, titled Off Ground, will be presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

    A film featuring Louise Lecavalier and one of our young dancers to open the FIFA

    It features world renowned Montreal dancer Louise Lecavalier, and it will also allow audiences to discover Antoine Masson, a young student in L’École supérieure’s Professional Program.

    Antoine plays the son of Louise Lecavalier in this film directed by Boudewijn Koole and choreographed by Jakop Ahlbom. “Naturally, Louise suggested they call L’École supérieure to find a boy for the part,” explained L’École supérieure’s Artistic Director Anik Bissonnette. “Louise is definitely well acquainted with our institution.” The production designers involved in Off Ground paid a visit to the school, where they sat in on a boys’ class and chose Antoine. The young dancer has been in the demanding dance-study program since 2011.

    Shot in Amsterdam in January 2013, the short film was premiered at the Cinedans Festival, where it won the Audience Award. It has since been shown at various festivals in Europe, the United States and South America.

  • As the holiday season draws near, many students from L’École supérieure are performing on stage in The Nutcracker.

    1, 2, 3... Nutcracker!

    This year, the famous Nutcracker choreographed by Fernand Nault for the Grands Ballets Canadiens marks its 50th anniversary. The tradition of collaboration between our institution and the ballet company (also founded by Ms. Ludmilla Chiriaeff) has thus endured for a half-century. Students in the Professional and Recreational Program are playing Clara, Fritz, sheeps, reindeers and other children’s characters. In addition, advanced students in the Professional Program have joined the corps de ballet for the Waltz of the Flowers and the Waltz of the Snowflakes.

    Students in the college-level Professional Program at L’École supérieure are also playing several leading roles in a version of The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Ouest.

    The Université de Montréal Big Band, for its part, will pay tribute to Duke Ellington with a performance of The Nutcracker Suite inspired by the music of Tchaikovsky. The performance will feature students from L’École supérieure in a choreography by Anne Dryburgh.

    The complete list of dancers and full performance details are found in the Coming Soon section:

    Grands Ballets Canadiens
    Ballet Ouest
    Big Band de l’Université de Montréal

  • In an effort to preserve Quebec’s rich dance heritage, L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec has honoured the memory of the grande dame of dance by naming a studio after her.

    A studio in memory of Eva von Gencsy

    “Eva had tremendous charisma and an inexhaustible joie de vivre,” says Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director of L’École supérieure. “She succeeded in combining the discipline of classical dance with the freedom of jazz, creating ballet jazz. This art form quickly gained popularity and attracted a number of young people to dance, myself included. And I sincerely hope she continues to impart her passion to our young dancers.”

    The official inauguration of the Eva von Gencsy Studio, on Friday, November 8, includes an unveiling of photographs retracing the career of the woman who served as prima ballerina at the Ballets Chiriaeff (the ancestor of the Grands Ballets Canadiens) as well cofounder of the Ballets Jazz de Montréal and teacher at L’École supérieure.

    “Throughout her life Eva taught with passion,” recalls Alix Laurent, Executive Director of L’École supérieure.

    “We hope her example of perseverance and joie de vivre inspires our students to pursue their dreams.”

    L’École supérieure believes in the importance of highlighting our dance heritage with young people. Indeed, the institution has named other studios in memory of people who have left a lasting mark on the history of the arts in Canada; they include Ludmilla Chiriaeff, founder of L’École supérieure and the Grands Ballets Canadiens; Daniel Seillier, ballet master and Pedagogical Director at L’École supérieure for two decades; and Fernand Nault, choreographer.

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