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Les Grands Ballets performs The Nutcracker with loving attention to detail and 53 years of experience. The author of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Prussian storyteller, jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776–1822), rebelled against Enlightenment excess, with its emphasis on rational philosophy and the curtailing of the imagination. He and his German Romantic confrères strove to honour nature, memorialize innocence, and reclaim an authentic way of living. Sound familiar? Yes, it’s the 1960s in a Nutcracker—er, nutshell. Hoffmann’s satirical and self-parodying tales pioneered the fantasy genre. His taste for the macabre combined with…

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Martin Messier is a Canadian artist who has performed at a number of major festivals, both local and international, including the Festival TransAmériques and Elektra in Montreal, Artdanthé in Vanves, Humaintrophumain in Montpellier, Bozar in Brussels, Borderline in Athens, Sonàr in Barcelona and Electroni-k in Rennes, as well as the worldwide MUTEK network from Mexico to Japan. He has forged a solid reputation as a sound and performance artist who refuses to be pigeonholed. In early 2017, Théâtre La Chapelle will see him unveil Corps mort, the fruit of two years’ work and several weeks as artist-in-residence. “In all my projects,…

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LOOP: Stories Without End Officially inaugerated December 7 at the Place des Festivals, this luminous, musical, and interactive installation of thirteen outdoor zoetropes will charm young and old at Luminothérapie this winter! At the crossroads of cinema and retro-futuristic machines, these impressive wheels bring light and movement to loops of 24 images recounting different fairytale stories. Once, twice, or a thousand times upon a time, Little Red Ridinghood gets swallowed by the wolf, the Three Little Pigs lose their houses, and Alice spirals off into Wonderland! Activated by the audience, who is seated on one side or around, each zoetrope…

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Diary of an old folly From October 11 to 15 at the Cinquième Salle, Danse Danse will present a rather lovely lovely thing, an optimistic flipbook on the folly of living by New York’s ARIAS company. The Canadian premiere, presented this summer in conjunction with the Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur, was praised by FASS artistic director Guillaume Côté who described with admiration the unique gestures of Puerto Rican choreographer Bryan Arias, his limitless creativity, and the interpretative precision of the dancers. Bryan Arias shares the stage with three exceptional dancers (Ana Maria Lucaciu, Jermaine Spivey, and Spenser Theberge), whose…

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Prix Relève Arts-Affaires 2016 Joanie Lapalme has been passionate about classical music since childhood, and wanted to ensure the sustainability of her city’s opera house. Along with Jean-François Séguin and Guillaume Marion, she had the idea to start the Opéra de Montreal’s Young Associates Committee after learning that New York’s Metropolitan Opera hosted a similar initiative. Convinced of the importance of having groups of young philanthropists involved in the cultural milieu, and noticing the lack of such groups in Montreal, the three friends contacted the Opéra de Montréal. Shortly after, they were having breakfast with Pierre Dufour, the Opera’s then-director,…

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Programming for the new season is shaping up nicely, though some schedules remain unconfirmed pending completion of the work at Espace Danse downtown. First off, at Tangente, the classic Danses Buissonnières begin on September 29 at the Monument-National – Manuel Shink is the name to watch. www.tangente.qc.ca From its temporary home at Usine C, Agora is launching its new season with two headliners: Virginie Brunelle defending Quebec, following the recent Hunter by Meg Stuart. www.agoradanse.com In the summer, Danse danse tested a rather lovely thing, Bryan Arias’ newest work, at the Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur. If you’re curious to…

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+ Jazz pianist Dan Tepfer will perform the Goldberg Variations with his own variations as part of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and Festival on July 31. + The National Ballet is taking on Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale for the first time in 26 years. + The most famous Finnish composer since Sibelius, Einojuhani Rautavaara, has died at the age of 87. + 13-year old boy soprano Aksel Rykkvin has released an album of arias by Mozart, Handel and Bach, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under conductor Nigel Short. + Read a review of the first round of…

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Youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Caroline Shaw is primarily a violinist, but composes primarily for contemporary, cutting edge chorale, drawing on eclectic forms of folk vocal music. In this multimedia duet with modern dancer, Vancouver’s Vanessa Goodman, Shaw sings various vocal strains that she records and layers with a loop machine. The resulting show is a polyphonic modern vocal fugue that’s matched, in black and white with Goodman’s lithe dance harmony. Caroline Shaw & Vanessa Goodman, Improvisation

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Today marks the anniversary of Gounod’s (1818) and Stravinsky’s (1882) births. Winner of the 1839 Prix de Rome, Gounod studied at the Paris Conservatory. His musical legacy comprises a dozen of operas, oratorios, and several motets and songs. His 1872 piano piece The Funeral March of a Marionette, orchestrated in 1879, achieved fame in the 20th-century as the theme music for Alfred Hitchcock Presents. One of the defining figures of 20th-century music, Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky defied convention and achieved worldwide fame with his compositions for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris. The uproar caused by the premiere of The Rite…

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Author : (Marion Gerbier)

Along with end-of-year shows by dance, circus, and theatre schools, the Festival TransAmériques ends the regular season of Montréal venues. This tenth installment of the Festival closes with a Gala by the unmistakable French choreographer Jérôme Bel, on June 7 and 8 at the Ludger-Duvernay Theatre at Monument-National. www.fta.ca This free and democratic celebration of diversity also marks the kickoff of the summer festivals that transform Montréal in a crossroad of culture, arts, and lively patios. On the sidelines of big names of the music and humour industry, well-established events continue to cater to their faithful audiences, on their favourite…

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