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World Premiere of Requiem | Exploring the depths of human connections

World Premiere of Requiem | Exploring the depths of human connections

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World Premiere of Requiem | A moving story that explores the intricacy of human connections.

The double bill REQUIEM, featuring a choir, soloists, and the Les Grands Ballets Orchestra under the direction of Adam Johnson, will be presented by Les Grands Ballets from March 23–26, 2023 at Place des Arts.

Requiem on Brahms’ music, an Andrew Skeels creation, was commissioned by Ivan Cavallari, artistic director of Les Grands Ballets, and will be unveiled as a world premiere before being performed at The Université de Sherbrooke’s Centre culturel on March 28, 2023. This captivating twin bill puts the audience into a powerful emotional vibration between the humorous Mozart and the passionate Brahms.

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Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko

A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms is a magnificent composition and one of the most profoundly compelling pieces ever. Contemporary choreography by Andrew Skeels, inspired by the impassioned tones of Brahms’ composition, is used in the captivating staging of Requiem.

The public presentation of this composition, which had been in the works before the epidemic, had been postponed. Requiem’s world debut in Montreal is thus a huge delight for the choreographer and the dancers.

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Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko

After the passing of his mother and his mentor, musician Robert Schumann, he composed an elegy titled A German Requiem. Andrew Skeels, a choreographer, has created a moving piece that examines the profundity of human ties and is inspired by the piece’s mournful beauty. He recalls the remembrance of those who depart but who nonetheless remain with us in this powerful, contemplative work.

Double bill – From March 23 to 26, 2023
Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts – Montreal – buy your tickets here

With Les Grands Ballets Orchestra directed by Adam Johnson, choir and soloists.

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Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko


Choreography: Uwe Scholz | Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 9 in E♭ major, K. 271, known as the Jeunehomme concerto | Piano solo: Rosalie Asselin | Costumes: Uwe Scholz |Run time: 34 minutes

Soloist dancers: Raphaël Bouchard, Célestin Boutin, Rachele Buriassi, Roddy Doble, Graeme Fuhrman, Anna Ishii, Mai Kono, Jose Losada Morales, Tetyana Martyanova, Felixovich Morante, Anya Nesvitaylo, Esnel Ramos, Maude Sabourin, and Angel Vizcaíno


Choreography: Andrew Skeels | Music: Johannes Brahms | Solo Soprano: Jacqueline Woodley | Solo Baritone: Dominique Côté | Sets and costumes: Marija Djordjevic | Run time: 60 minutes

Soloist dancers: Jean-Sébastien Couture, Étienne Delorme, Vanesa G. R. Montoya, and André Santos

MARCH 28, 2023 (Requiem only)
Centre culturel de l’Université de Sherbrooke – Salle Maurice-O’Bready


Les Grands Ballets are supported by Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, and Conseil des arts de Montréal.


A creation and production company, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens is devoted to the development of dance in all its forms, building on the discipline of classical ballet.
Under the artistic direction of Ivan Cavallari, some fifty Canadian and international dancers – accompanied by Les Grands Ballets Orchestra – bring the great classics of ballet to the stage, as well as the creations and repertoire of established and emerging contemporary artists.

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