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Jeunes Gouverneurs Annual Benefit Evening 2024 for Les Grands Ballets

Jeunes Gouverneurs Annual Benefit Evening 2024 for Les Grands Ballets

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On Saturday, March 9, the Jeunes Gouverneurs hosted the much-anticipated 3rd edition of their Annual Benefit Evening for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. The event, which raised $75,000, was a moment of cultural enrichment and a testament to the vibrant philanthropic hearts beating within Montreal’s young urban professionals.

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© William Richard-Dostie Photography

The festivities kicked off at 6:30 PM inside the Wilder Building with a cocktail dinner and silent auction that set the stage for an evening of networking and camaraderie.

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Two guests mixing it up with dancer Célestin Boutin © Sarah Fefer Photography

The eclectic gathering of professionals, under the honorary co-presidency of Ariane Dusablon and Alexandra Freedman, was a melting pot of industries united for a philanthropic cause: support the Jeunes Gouverneurs as they champion Les Grands Ballets’ mission of creation.

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The Jeunes Gouverneurs co-chairs: Ariane Dusablon (Senior Strategy Consultant, Business Transformation, EY) and Alexandra Freedman (Lawyer, Corporate and Commercial Law, Fasken) | © Sarah Fefer Photography

At 8 PM, the curtain rose on an exclusive performance by Les Grands Ballets, showcasing the company’s rich tapestry of talent and creativity. This year’s choreographic workshops were a highlight, with dancers stepping into the role of choreographer to unveil original creations. The initiative provided a fresh perspective on the art form, spotlighting the diverse artistic voices within the company.

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Rachele Buriassi and Esnel Ramos | © Sasha Onyshchenko Photography

Principal dancer Vanesa G.-R. Montoya, along with dancers Aurora De Mori, Calista Shepheard, Carrigan MacDonald, Kiara Flavin, Thomas Leprohon, and Oscar Lambert, brought their unique narratives to life, captivating the audience with their storytelling prowess.

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Anna Ishii and Graeme Fuhrman | © Sasha Onyshchenko Photography

Adding to the evening’s excitement, attendees were treated to a preview of excerpts from the Cantata mixed bill, setting the stage for its upcoming run at Place des Arts.

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James Lyttle and Mai Kono | © Sasha Onyshchenko Photography

The dynamic contemporary ballet “Podium,” choreographed by Étienne Delorme, and “Cantata,” choreographed by Mauro Bigonzetti, explored the depth of human relationships through dance, evoking emotions that ranged from passion and seduction to conflict and jealousy.

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Raphaël Bouchard and Maude Sabourin | © Sasha Onyshchenko Photography

As the performances concluded, the night transformed into a vibrant dance party, with Les Grands Ballets dancers, Young Gouverneurs committee members and attendees moving to the live set of DJ Kelly. The energy was infectious, blurring the lines between performers and guests, and reinforcing the unity of purpose that brought everyone together.

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© William Richard-Dostie Photography

As the evening drew to a close, the impact of the Jeunes Gouverneurs’ Annual Benefit Evening was palpable. It was a celebration of dance, as well as a powerful demonstration of how art and philanthropy can intersect to create lasting change.

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The Jeunes Gouverneurs Committee for the 2023-2024 season (from left to right): Erica Singerman (Boyden), Irina Boldeanu (Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon), Claudia Rajaonah (Deloitte), Jeremi Joseph (Intelcom), Élodie Dion (Robic), Catherine Simard Boulé (Cult Nation), Alexandra Freedman (Fasken), Ariane Dusablon (EY), Jonathan Brotto, Aude Babakissa (Capgemini Invent Montréal), Veronica Rusu (HEC Montréal), Yi Hui Qin (KPMG), Sarah-Jade Ratelle (Deloitte), Gabrielle Ménès (Morency, Société d’avocats) | © William Richard-Dostie Photography
About the Jeunes Gouverneurs of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, with its storied 60-year history, continues to be a beacon of artistic creation and production. Under the artistic direction of Ivan Cavallari, the company has remained faithful to classical ballet while embracing contemporary works and fostering emerging talent.

Its commitment to making dance accessible through various initiatives, including the Nutcracker Fund for Children and the National Centre for Dance Therapy, underscores its role in the cultural and social fabric of Montreal.

The Jeunes Gouverneurs, a committee founded in 2012, have grown into a formidable force for good, embodying the spirit of community involvement and philanthropy. The ambitious goal of raising $75,000 during their Annual Benefit Evening this season was a success and will fuel Les Grands Ballets’ creative mission, ensuring the art of dance continues to flourish and inspire.

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Principal dancers of the Grands Ballets 2023-2024 season (from left to right): Ivan Cavallari, artistic director, Maude Sabourin, Yui Sugawara, Raphaël Bouchard, Esnel Ramos, Rachele Buriassi, Vanesa G.-R. Montoya, Roddy Doble, Anna Ishii | © Sasha Onyshchenko Photography

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