Choreographer : Vanesa G.R. Montoya
Born in Madrid, Spain, Vanesa Garcia-Ribala Montoya graduated from the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza at the age of 17. She got her first contract at the Compañía Nacional de Danza 2 for two years, before joining the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin in France.
She then joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in 2006. She was promoted to soloist three years later, first soloist in 2016 and principal dancer under Ivan Cavallari in 2018. Over the years, she has danced a varied repertoire: George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin and many others.
Fascinated by the infinite possibilities of creation that dance offers, she is today not only a prima ballerina, but also a choreographer and teacher at the École supérieure de ballet du Québec. Her works are part of Les Grands Ballets’ Parlami d’Amore and Luna programs, as well as the company’s annual benefit gala.
She also creates for fundraisers and festivals in Canada, Europe and Asia in addition to choreographing for television and various art films. She has collaborated with renowned artists such as Martha Wainwright and Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) for the Festival des Arts de Saint- Sauveur.
Composer : François-Hugues Leclair
François-Hugues Leclair, born in Montreal in 1962, began his studies with Serge Garant at Université de Montréal (1985-86), then in France at Conservatoire de Strasbourg (1990-95) and Conservatoire de La Courneuve (1996-98) (with Klaus Huber and Jean- François Zygel), and finally completed a Doctorate in composition with Michel Longtin at Université de Montréal, where he was engaged as Professor in composition and music theory (2002). His compositional work is structured around the interaction between two essential axis:
– firstly, the exploration of crossovers between ancient music and contemporary musical languages: Au regard de « Mille regrets », Trois sonnets on poems from La Boétie (for choir and strings), Leopardi Madrigale / Missa Terrae, O magnum Mysterium, Magnificat, Miserere mei Deus (for choir) / Alas my love (for clarinet and string quartet) /Esquisses (for traverso and harpsichord) / Ultimo orizzonte (for viols consort and recorders consort)
– secondly, the creation of multiple relationships between literature and music (in musical tale, musical drama, instrumental poem, poly-choral writing,…), hence the importance of vocal music in his catalogue, cultivated by a lengthy experience of vocal polyphony between 2005 and 2018 with Ensemble Kô, who has premiered many of his choral works. He is inspired by significant poets and writers in his vocal and instrumental works as well: Matsuo Bashô, M.-Claire Blais, Christian Bobin, Robert Desnos, Emily Dickinson, Paul Eluard, Anne Hébert, Hermann Hesse, James Joyce, Novalis, Rilke, Senghor, Marie Uguay, Paul Verlaine, Gao Xing Jian, etc.
Musician : Mélanie Harel, English horn