This year, Ballet Ouest de Montréal presents a brand new adaptation of the Nutcracker. It stems from a creative process led by the company’s Artistic Director, Claude Caron. “I went back to the source by reading Hoffman’s classic tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the inspiration for this ballet, in order to revisit the very substance of the story, he says. Moreover, my creative team and I drew our inspiration for the costumes and scenery from a reproduction of the sets that were designed for the ballet’s premiere performance in Saint Petersburg in 1892. This latest version of the Nutcracker will nonetheless be rooted in modern times, thanks to multimedia projections”.
A well-travelled journey
Claude Caron is not exactly a newcomer in the professional dance milieu. He is a 35-year veteran in the business. Trained at the Eddy Toussaint School and at L’École supérieure de danse du Québec, he began his career as a dancer at the Cleveland Ballet and later joined the Alberta Ballet. Principal dancer from 1982 to 1989, he has danced his way through the classical and neo-classical repertoire.
Guest dancer in several international events, he stood out for his exceptional partnering ability as well as his performance in character parts. From 1989 to 1991, he joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens as soloist, where he worked with world class choreographers such as Brian McDonald, Brydon Paige, Lar Lubovitch and David Brinkley, allowing him to expand his repertoire and perfect his art. After a few years away from the stage, he returned as a dancer with Ballet Ouest for many notable performances, such as the Nutcracker and Sleeping beauty.
Claude Caron then turned to teaching and taught at L’École supérieure de danse du Québec for seven years. He was also a coach for Le Jeune Ballet du Québec. In 2002, he was Ballet Ouest’s Artistic Director during a tour to Costa Rica. He has been Artistic Director for the company since 2010.
* December 6 (special performance of Nutcracker: Sharing the Magic for disadvantaged families), December 7 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and December 8 (2 p.m.) at Salle Pierre-Mercure, Centre Pierre-Péladeau (300 de Maisonneuve blvd. East, Montreal); school matinées will be held from December 4 to 6. Tickets: 514-987-6919 or http://www.admission.com.
* December 14, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Théâtre des Deux Rives, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Tickets: 1-888-443-3949 or www.spec.qc.ca/spectacle/casse-noisette.php
* December 19 and 20 at 7 p.m., at Théâtre J.-Antonio-Thompson in Trois-Rivières
Tickets: 819-380-9797 www.enspectacle.ca
For more information: http://balletouest.com/performances
About Ballet Ouest de Montréal
Ballet Ouest provides young professional dancers with enriching and varied experiences, ranging from the classical to the contemporary repertoires. Ballet Ouest is also committed to make dancing available to a larger audience through performances, tours, educational programs as well as other initiatives within the community. For more information: http://balletouest.com/.
For more information: http://balletouest.com/