Last Thursday I was invited to attend the premiere of the Nutcracker in Montreal. It was a very special event, since Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Nutcracker!
This adaptation of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s tale by Canadian choreographer Fernand Nault has enchanted generations of children with little Clara’s fantastic adventure to the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets.
To celebrate this anniversary, Les Grands Ballets launched a search for artists and dancers who took part in previous editions of the production. It is through their efforts, after all, that the magic of The Nutcracker has endured year after year. They were invited to reconnect with the Grands Ballets family and to watch the anniversary production.
It was a truly magical experience watching the ballet dancers unveiling the Christmas fairy tale through their graceful dance.
The costumes and of course the beautiful music by Tchaïkovsky put the audience in a festive Christmas spirit during that night.
I highly recommend to all Montrealers to watch The Nutcracker production (especially if you have kids).
Here are some facts that many of us didn’t know:
Les Grands Ballets’ version of the Nutcracker has broken national records! It is the longest running show presented in the same venue in all Canada!
More than 2 000 000 spectators have seen this version on The Nutcracker since 1964.
300 costumes are fabricated in Les Grands Ballets workshop for the production.
A costume costs an average of $2000. The King of Sweets’ costume is valued at $10 000.
The ballerinas use no fewer than 1 500 pairs of pointe shoes every year for this production.
The production includes 165 characters.
Hope you all enjoy this beautiful time of the year, and don’t forget to watch this magical ballet.
DECEMBER 12-30, 2013
Happy Holidays! <3