Photo courtesy of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
Last row 3rd&2nd from right:
Gouverneurs co-president Élise Sauvé & Jessica Drolet, JG
founder/co-president flanked by committee members (left to right):
Catherine Coursol, Camille Lamy, Marie-Christine Beaulieu, Caroline Abastado, Coco Messier, Luce Caillères,
Sophie Gagnon, Nicolas Rubbo, Lise Berichel, Sophie Bergeron, Alexandra Meunier
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal's Jeunes Gouverneurs stage princely soirée
by Naomi Gold
their third Grand Ballets Canadiens gala, the Jeunes Gouverneurs
choreographed a fabulously festive fundraiser fit for, well, a prince.
Held in conjunction with the hugely successful springtime production of
Didy Veldman's Le Petit Prince, the benefit was led by JG
co-presidents Jessica Drolet and Élise Sauvé. TV host Virginie Coossa
served as emcee, while GBC CEO Alain "dance man" Dancyger and veteran
artistic director Gradimir Pankov lent their support. Some 400
enthusiastic attendees were treated to scrumptious eats, silky smooth
spirits, a silent auction, hair and makeup stations, DJ Thomas H
spinning discs and the performance itself. After much schmoozing,
grooving, mixing, dining and imbibing, thoroughly satiated attendees
were ushered into PdA's Théâtre Maisonneuve for the main event.
London-based, Dutch-born choreographer Didy Veldman created Le Petit Prince
for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and it premiered to critical acclaim
in May of 2012. Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's timeless classic,
Veldman's oeuvre is set in a more urban environment and performed as a
series of earthly encounters. Evoking the fable's pithy, philosophical
musings whilst maintaining the simplicity of its message, it challenges
viewers to confront their personal prisms and perspectives. The
fast-paced, spectacularly performed ballet, with its mesmeric, at times
hypnotic beats clearly resonated with spectators, who responded with a
standing ovation and rapturous applause.
sybarites sashayed their way back to Maison Symphonique's Salon Urbain
for some high octane dessert refueling, serious fun and the event's
major announcement. Thrilled to learn that $83,000 had been raised,
partygoers busted out all the right moves and danced like no one was
looking. Eventually emerging from backstage, GBC pros pranced over to
party central to unwind, recharge and biorefuel. Dancing like everyone was looking, they wowed and dazzled once again, until the proverbial wee hours.
corporate sponsors were Banque Nationale and L’Oréal Professionnel.
Panache Coiffure stylists proved particularly popular as they preened
and pampered tresses with curls, updos, and touch-ups throughout the
GBC will be staging their flagship fundraising ball at Uniprix Stadium on April 18th
And in mid-April they welcome Boris Eifman's ballet troupe from St.
Petersburg who will perform Anna Karenina at Place des Arts. Gala
tickets and information can be found on their website: http://www.grandsballets.com
. Eifman's Anna Karenina runs from April 15-18
; call the Place des Arts box office @(514) 842-2112
Labels: Concert_Review, gala, Grands ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Jeunes Gouverneurs, Le Petit Prince, Place des Arts