Léonce and Léna
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens has scored another work by a red hot choreographer. The company unveiled German-born Christian Spuck’s delightful full-length Léonce et Léna at Place des Arts to a thunderous ovation.
Léonce et Léna is based on an 1838 satire by Georg Büchner, known more famously for his gloomy play Wozzeck. If the latter is depressing, Léonce et Léna is a delicious romp – a story about a prince and princess who both run away from an arranged marriage, only to meet and fall in love. Spuck’s strength is creating character and relationships through movement.
Despite the fact that Les Grands has 9 new dancers this season out of 36, the company looks terrific. They seem to thrive on Spuck’s rapid fire footwork and lightning fast combinations.
With any luck, Les Grands will tour this ballet.
Léonce and Léna continues at Place Des Arts until Nov. 6.
Photo: John Hall