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Les Grands Ballets Canadiens: Dancing Beethoven

Center for the Arts at George Mason University
4373 Mason Pond Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens marries technical novelty with theatrical verve for an enchanting evening of dance. As Québec’s first professional ballet company, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens has been one of Canada’s best contemporary ballet companies for more than six decades. In 2024, the company embarks on its first tour of the U.S. in 10 years. For its Center for the Arts debut, the ensemble pays tribute to the awe-inspiring and monumental works of Beethoven with two inventive pieces. Dancing Beethoven opens with one of the world’s most recognizable symphonies, Symphony No. 5. American choreographer Garrett Smith uses the iconic opening—four striking notes that symbolize fate knocking at the door—to express the joys and liberation of accepting our individuality. Completing this double bill is a work set to Beethoven’s stirring Symphony No. 7, featuring choreography by the late Uwe Scholz and showcasing the ensemble’s precision, energy, and artistry.

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