Magazine article Dance Magazine

Quebec Festival and Competition

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Quebec Festival and Competition

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SAINT-SAUVEUR-DES-MONTS, Canada--The Kirov-Maryinsky Ballet, Jose Greco II Flamenco Dance Company, and the National Ballet of Moravia-Silesia will be featured at the third annual Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. Held in a mountainous summer resort north of Montreal, the three-week festival opens July 30 with fifteen soloists from St. Petersburg led by ballerina Diana Vishneva, partnered by Farukh Ruzimatov.

Following last year's success with Nikita Dolgushin's retrospective of Russian ballet, the festival is emphasizing dance history by requesting that the Kirov present excerpts from landmark ballets that are less well known. La Sylph/de, the Pas de Dix from Raymonda, and the Pas de Six from La Esmeralda will be shown along with Balanchine's Harlequinade, Dolgushin's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Robbins's In the Night.

The Czech ballet company will also bring a group of fifteen dancers headlined by Zdanek Konvalina, winner of the 1997 Czech and Slovakian National Ballet Competition and the 1998 Philip Morris Flower Award. Ballets by resident choreographer Eddy Toussaint will make up most of the program, including Un Simple Moment (1979), Cantate (1978), and Concerto en Mouvement (1983), made during the fifteen years Toussaint headed his own company in Montreal.

Madrid's Jose Greco II, directed by the son of the legendary flamenco dancer, performs August 14 with Greco's sister Carmela, who also choreographs for the company. Soloist Margie Gillis and Montreal Danse will also perform at the music and dance festival. …

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