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    Photo: Michael Slobodian
  • For Les Grands Ballets' 17-18 season launch, the very first season of Ivan Cavallari as artistic director, seven students from the professional program danced at Théâtre Maisonneuve. L’École supérieure’s artistic director, Anik Bissonnette, was also on stage to talk about strengthening artistic ties with the company.

    Hand in hand with Les Grands Ballets

    It is in this mindset that young dancers Chloé Bourdeau, Karolyn Chen, Alicia-Rose Couvrette, Maude Fleury, Juliette Foucault, Justine Grenier and Florence Hughes presented a sequence at the barre, on pointes, choreographed by Beverley Aitchison. They were accompanied on the piano by Jean-François Duchesne, with music he arranged by Brahms, Claude Léveillé and Leonard Cohen. Also included was one of his own compositions.

    “Working hand in hand with Ivan and Les Grands Ballets makes good sense to me. Given my long love story (18 years and counting!) with Les Grands Ballets, it goes without saying that I am extremely pleased with this announcement. Working together, we can better prepare the next generation of dancers and continue to inspire young people here and elsewhere.” — Anik Bissonnette

    As soon as he arrived in Montreal, Ivan Cavallari announced his intention to forge closer artistic ties between les Grands Ballets and L’École supérieure. It's for this reason the two artistic directors took advantage of Wednesday's event at Place des Arts to announce that several collaborative initiatives will be taken, starting in the 2017-2018 season, to ensure a ready supply of locally sourced talent.

    New Beginning

    The two sister institutions founded by Ludmilla Chiriaeff, who have established themselves as leaders in the development of dance in Quebec for more than 50 years, have several important projects to achieve in the coming years. In 2017, while Les Grands Ballets will move to their new address in the Wilder Espace Danse Building, L’École supérieure will evaluate, among other things, the feasibility of moving into the Grand Séminaire de Montréal.

    Photos: Sarah Emily St-Gelais

  • A unique overview of dance in Québec, from 1900 to the present, is now available online in an all-new virtual space devoted to the iconographic collections of the Bibliothèque de la danse Vincent-Warren. This user-friendly space, at bibliodanse.ca, showcases a peerless set of documents.

    A new portal showcases Québec’s dance heritage

    The recent digitization of more than 4,500 photographs enriches the largest collection of dance documents in Canada. It includes, among others, posters, art prints, programs and video recordings.

    As head librarian Marie-Josée Lecours explained: “An important part of the Library’s iconographic collection remained inaccessible, yet it was the subject of countless searches, consultations and requests for use or reproduction. We felt an urgency to digitize, treat and showcase this unique collection whose fragility is palpable and whose historic importance is undeniable.”

    Brought together in this new “Digital Collection” space, these documentary treasures cover more than a century of dance in Québec, attesting to the creators and their works, dance companies, the dancers themselves, not to mention dance photographers. The digitization of this collection ensures the protection of an entire section of the history of Québec society, by avoiding the irreversible deterioration that would result from repeated handling of the originals.

    The “Digital Collection” space has been unveiled at an official launch on December 9. The Bibliothèque de la danse Vincent-Warren was able to carry out this project thanks to financial assistance from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Library and Archives Canada as well as the support of L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec.


  • The Fondation de l’École supérieure is proud to announce the establishment of the Caisse Desjardins bursary for excellence in culture presented by the Jeune Scène d’affaires. This bursary will be awarded annually to a graduate of the School’s professional program whose performance has been outstanding.

    Creation of a new bursary for excellence

    The purpose of this $2,500 bursary is to facilitate the winner’s integration on the labour market by providing the opportunity to make the rounds of auditions with major companies at home and abroad. The winner is named by a selection committee consisting of representatives of l’École supérieure and Jeune Scène d’affaires.

    “Supporting up-and-coming artists is key to our approach, and we consider it particularly important to support the professional integration of young dancers, a process we ourselves experienced not that long ago,” noted Natacha Engel, Vice-President of the Fondation de l’École supérieure and founder of Jeune Scène d’affaires. The project’s instigator, Jeune Scène d’affaires is proud to participate, in collaboration with the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture, in the implementation of this bursary of excellence.

    Founded in 1994, the Caisse de la Culture arose from a desire to provide artists, artisans, creators and cultural undertakings with the means to express their talents and live up to their aspirations. The Caisse de la Culture has been actively involved with a number of cultural organizations and has maintained a special relationship with the world of dance since it was first established.

    The very first recipient of the Caisse de la Culture’s bursary of excellence presented by Jeune Scène d’affaires is Sarah-Maude Laliberté, a graduate of the professional program. The Fondation of l’École supérieure’s annual cocktail, held on December 2nd, provided Marie-Christine Cojocaru, General Manager of the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture, with the opportunity to officially award the bursary.

    Sarah-Maude Laliberté joined l’École supérieure’s professional program in 2009. From the outset, she displayed considerable perseverance and discipline, qualities that are essential in the professional field. She also took part in a number of student projects, reinforcing her sense of belonging to l’École supérieure and making it possible to raise funds in support of artistic and pedagogical programs.

  • As Montréal prepares to receive its first visit in more than 20 years from the Nederlands Dans Theater, in the Netherlands, Ève-Marie Dalcourt, a young dancer trained by L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec, is launching her career with the Nederlands Dans Theater 2.

    From L’École supérieure to the Nederlands Dans Theater 2

    A graduate of the professional program at the only francophone institution in North America to provide world-class ballet training, Ève-Marie was the only dancer recruited by the company following an internship at The Hague this past summer.

    For 19-year-old Ève-Marie, this is a dream come true and, for L’École supérieure, it’s the tremendous pride of seeing one of its graduates star on the international stage.

    “I am extremely pleased for Ève-Marie, who is fulfilling her artistic ambitions,” stated Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director of L’École supérieure, adding: “At l’École supérieure, she acquired sound classical technique and developed an openness to contemporary proposals, two characteristics shared by performers with the Nederlands Dans Theater. Today, the NDT is a beacon in the world of dance as it showcases the most gifted choreographers and attracts the most talented dancers.”

    During her time at L’École supérieure, Ève-Marie developed a strong base in ballet, performing, among others, the part of Odette in Swan Lake in the school’s last annual show presented in the Pierre-Mercure Hall in May 2016. She also explored contemporary choreographies as a featured performer in original creations.

    Ève-Marie further distinguished herself through the determination, commitment and enthusiasm she brought to school activities. In fact, in 2015, Ève-Marie earned the Danse Danse award for her perseverance.

    photo: Michael Slobodian

  • L’École supérieure has chosen World Ballet Day to launch Manger, danser, se surpasser : Guide de nutrition pour danseurs (Eat, Dance, Excel: Nutrition Guide for Dancers). Developed in collaboration with dietician-nutritionist Catherine Naulleau, this work is an essential tool for dancers as well as all athletes who practice a sport incorporating an aesthetic and artistic component.

    L’École supérieure publishes the first nutrition guide for dancers

    “Eating the right foods at the right time is essential for maintaining a healthy weight as well as the slender figure required to deliver optimal performance,” explained Catherine Naulleau, adding: “The guide has really been designed to not only educate young dancers, but their parents and professors as well. Its usefulness extends well beyond the dance community.”

    “Our goal is to address the importance of a healthy body,” stated Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director of l’École supérieure. Providing clear explanations, tips and simple recipes, this guide holds a host of information useful for developing sound eating habits.

    Available in a handy format, the well illustrated Guide de nutrition pour danseurs is for sale at l’École supérieure for $15. For mail order, email us at [email protected].

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