Canadian Connection for Royal Conservatoire ballet students

Published: April 21, 2017


Canada calls for Royal Conservatoire of Scotland ballet students who will perform at Montréal’s largest cultural and artistic complex this month.

Second year dancers on the BA Modern Ballet programme will visit the city on an exchange trip from April 20 to 29 to collaborate with students from the Ballet Divertimento school. A new dance piece is being created for the exchange by renowned Canadian choreographer Hélène Blackburn, artistic director of Cas Public. Berceuse pour les héros (Lullaby for the heroes) will be performed on April 28 as part of Ballet Divertimento’s Odyssée printanière at the Théâtre Maisonneuve in the Place des Arts, a major performance arts centre in Montréal.

Hélène’s choreography will also be performed by both sets of dancers in June during the Canadian students’ exchange visit to Glasgow. It will feature in the Royal Conservatoire’s BA Modern Ballet graduation performance which is staged between June 8 to 10 in the New Athenaeum Theatre.

The programme includes new choreographic works from Scottish Ballet’s Christopher Hampson and Sophie Laplane and the Royal Conservatoire’s ballet lecturer Diana Loosmore.

“Exchange trips are a wonderful way for students to expand their creative and professional horizons,” said Louisa Ross of the Royal Conservatoire’s BA Modern Ballet programme.

“The Montréal visit will be an enriching educational experience, giving students the opportunity to collaborate with their Canadian contemporaries and work with Hélène Blackburn who is an internationally respected choreographer.

“It’s also exciting to hold our first Canadian auditions for the BA Modern Ballet programme in Montréal. We’re looking forward to welcoming prospective students, discovering new talent and sharing what makes the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland a unique and world-leading learning environment.”

  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland ballet auditions take place at Ballet Divertimento, 3505 Rue Durocher, Montrealon April 23 between 9.30amand 12noon. Please contact hello@rcs.ac.uk if you would like to audition with us
  • Tickets for Odyssée printanière are available here