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Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal: Minus One

By Julye Huggins

The May 2010 issue of The Dance Current print magazine includes a profile of Gradimir Pankov, artistic director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (Les Grands).”Les Grands was eager to snap him up, in part because he would bring his vast experience as a dancer, teacher and artistic director, along with a real understanding of European choreographers, to the city. Plus he could build on the company’s historical, neo-classical roots, and infuse the repertoire with an increasingly contemporary roster of ballets.” By Philip Szporer, The Dance Current: Print, May 2010. Indeed, this is the case. Their 2009/10 season features one of their largest worldwide successes, Minus One, by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. The work stems from excerpts of seven previous choreographies by Naharin, which are brought to life with a physicality drawn out from his signature improvisation form, “gaga”. Naharin explained in an interview: “With gaga we discover our movement patterns, and we become attuned to our weaknesses and to the places of atrophy in our bodies. We become more efficient in our movement and it allows us to go beyond familiar movements. We connect to our joy of dance and to our explosive power. The dancers become really great interpreters and also inventors of movement.”

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