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Les Grands Ballets Canadiens

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (GBCM) is a Canadian ballet company based in Montreal, Quebec. A creative and repertory company, it performs works that reflect the diverse trends of contemporary ballet.

It was founded in 1957 by Fernand Nault (1965–1973), Brian Macdonald (1974–1977) and Lawrence Rhodes (1990–1999), the institution fostered the development of such notable artists as James Kudelka, Édouard Lock and Ginette Laurin.

In 2000, Gradimir Pankov became Artistic Director. A native of Macedonia, Pankov previously served as Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater II (Netherlands), the National Ballet of Finland (Helsinki), the Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), and Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland).

The company has commissioned work from some of the world's most prominent choreographers: The Queen of Spades by Kim Brandstrup; The Butterfly Effect by Shawn Hounsell; Between Ashes and Angels by Adam Hougland; Noces, Cinderella and The Rite of Spring by Stijn Celis; The Little Prince, Possibly Six and TooT by Didy Veldman; The Beast and the Beauty by Kader Belarbi; Four Seasons by Mauro Bigonzetti; Minus One and Danz by Ohad Naharin; Rodin/Claudel by Peter Quanz; and Re–II by Shen Wei.

Its repertoire also includes major acquisitions by such artists as Mats Ek, Jiří Kylián, Jean-Christophe Maillot and Christopher Wheeldon, along with works by young creators like Stephan Thoss, Didy Veldman and Peter Quanz. In 2008 Gradimir Pankov established the national choreographic contest, won by Jean-Sébastien Couture, which has allowed Les Grands Ballets to showcase work by emerging Canadian choreographers.

Each season, Les Grands Ballets invites international companies to perform as part of its program; the list includes Houston Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater, Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), Compañía Nacional de Danza (Spain), Warsaw Ballet (Poland), Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (Taiwan), Shen Wei Dance Arts (New York City), Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon (France), Dutch National Ballet and Eifman Ballet Theatre of St-Petersburg (Russia).


  • Dancers 1
    • First soloists 1.1
    • Soloists 1.2
    • Demi-soloists 1.3
    • Corps de ballet 1.4
    • Apprentice 1.5
    • Former principal dancer 1.6
    • Former soloists 1.7
  • References 2
  • External links 3


Dancers for the 2012-2013 season:[1]

First soloists

  • Marcin Kaczorowski [2]



Corps de ballet


Former principal dancer

  • Rachel Rufer (2000-2010) [38]

Former soloists


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External links

  • Les Grands Ballets website
  • Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Productions Internationales Albert Sarfati (English)
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