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Re-Live Summer & The rest of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Les Grands Ballets

Re-Live Summer & The rest of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Les Grands Ballets

3 days of exceptional performances by Les Grands Ballets and its double bill: The Four Seasons & Symphony No.7

The Grands Ballets are continuing their cultural return by presenting a triple program entitled Les Quatre Saisons at as the performance halls are gradually filling from the loosening of sanitary regulations.

A memorable evening of music and dance awaits you from September 22 to the 24th at 8pm at Salle Wifrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts.

Les Grands Ballets presents its double bill: The Four Seasons & Symphony #7 CC: Sasha Onyshchenko

Symphony No. 7

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 was first performed in 1813, during the tragic time of the Napoleonic Wars, and is composed of four movements that form a series of various colours and rhythms.

The German choreographer’s masterpiece, initially performed in 2017, immediately won over Montrealers’ hearts. The late Uwe Scholz’s bequest completes this double bill. The dancers will perform a performance that, from sheer athletic prowess and the geometry they dance in tandem, creating a leitmotif effect in harmony with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. The dionysian-inspired Symphony No. 7, dubbed “the apotheosis of the dance” by Richard Wagner, captivate with both its strict classicism and its unbridled fury.

The Seventh, which was originally created for the Stuttgart Ballet, is known as his most intricate piece of choreography. It exhibits his agility, inventiveness, and exceptional musicianship, and the piece is now a staple of the repertoire of Les Grands Ballets.

Choreography: Uwe Scholz
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
Scenography And Costumes: Uwe Scholz
Assistant To The Choreographer: Roser Munoz
Adaptation: Ivan Cavallari
Lighting: Design Marc Parent
Duration: 45 minutes

The bodies are aligning, embracing, and repelling each other with impertinence as the carnal impact overflows. CC: Sasha Onyshchenko

The Four Seasons

With the master of Venice’s widely acclaimed score and his brilliant piece for 33 dancers, Mauro Bigonzetti, the golden child of Italian dance and resident choreographer at Aterballetto, skillfully meets the incredible challenge of expressing something novel while evoking the internal seasons of man in all his moods and swings

The second part of this double show, created in May 2007 for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, is danced to Vivaldi’s four concertos for violin and orchestra, each of which is broken into three segments and represents a season: Allegro – Adagio (or Largo) – Allegro (or Presto).

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By adapting this global phenomenon, the Roman choreographer creates a modern dance that incorporates rigorous pointe movement and draws a world all of his own. He looks into the various facets and impulses of people. The dancers’ bodies transform into actual binding and unbinding instruments.

Choreographer: Mauro Bigonzetti
Music: Antonio Vivaldi
Costumes: Helena de Medeiros
Lighting Design: Marc Parent
Orchestra Conductor: Dina Gilbert
Solo Violin: Julie Triquet
Duration: 45 minutes

The dancers use theatricality that is tempered with humour, joy, and desire that flowing with emotions. CC: Sasha Onyshchenko

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