On Saturday, May 13th, 300 guests from the Montreal business and cultural communities gathered, in the private theater of the Wilder Building, for the prestigious Annual Gala of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.
During this must-attend event for the city’s movers and shakers, $475 000 were raised for the creative fund allowing Les Grands Ballets to continue to enrich and renew their repertoire with ever more daring creations.
The black-tie soirée – co-chaired by Jean-Yves Bourgeois (Desjardins Group) and Sylvain Corbeil (Scotiabank) – included notable guests, such as the Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, and producer and host Julie Snyder.
Participants first enjoyed a delightful champagne cocktail reception in the Atrium.
And, as the evening progressed, they were invited to enter the Studio-Théâtre, which was transformed into an intimate candle-lit dining hall for the occasion.
While eating their gourmet meal, guests were able to admire the dancers’ performances just a few steps away from them between each service.
Les Grands Ballets dancers presented a preview of several exclusive excerpts from their upcoming creation Cinderella, which premieres on May 31, along with two contemporary pieces.
Participants also had the chance to take home one of the 500 prizes available at the gift bar, including three grand prizes: two round-trip business class tickets to Europe courtesy of Air Canada, a Baume & Mercier Clifton men’s timepiece offered by Château d’Ivoire, and a set of six Loop chairs donated by Roche Bobois.
High-end jeweler Édéenne surprised everyone by hiding a diamond worth $10,000 among the glasses of champagne, which quickly became one of the highlights of the evening.
To end the night on a high note, a DJ kept guests dancing alongside the company’s dancers.
As Elise Charbonneau, Director of Development, Financing and Events of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, was happy to tell us: “The success of this event is a testament to the importance of connecting the arts and corporate sectors to support cultural institutions. All proceeds from the evening went to our creation fund, allowing the company to continue its pursuit of excellence, creativity, and audacity.”
Here is what you need to about Les Grands Ballets
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens was founded in Montréal in 1957 by Ludmilla Chiriaeff, who dreamed of creating Québec’s first professional ballet company to show everyone the beauty of dance. It has since evolved into a creation and production company whose mission is to infuse the spirit of classical ballet into all types of dance.
Today, the ballet company includes some fifty Canadian and international dancers, and just as many musicians in the Orchestre des Grands Ballets. A cornerstone of the Québec dance scene, Les Grands Ballets is located in the heart of Montréal’s Quartier des Spectacles, in Édifice Wilder – Espace Danse, which contains creative spaces, administrative offices and a costume studio.
Ivan Cavallari has served as artistic director of Les Grands Ballets since 2017. With Ivan at the helm, the company’s repertoire is ever-expanding to both showcase the great ballet classics and explore uncharted territory in dance, alongside leading and emerging contemporary creators.
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