The Boston Premiere of Le Grand Continental
Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston
May 16 - May 18, 2014
Following on the success of Street Pianos Boston, the Celebrity Series of Boston will celebrate the finale of its 75th anniversary season this spring with the Boston premiere of Le Grand Continental®. Created by Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Émard, Le Grand Continental® is a contemporary public dance event that will take place in Copley Square Park May 16-18, 2014.
More than 100 people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences are joining together to take part in these three special performances, after two months of twice-weekly rehearsals. From elementary school students, teachers and grandmothers to professional dancers, a marine, a local politician and many others, this eclectic group is coming together for some very memorable performances, all free to the public, in the heart of Boston.
Le Grand Continental® first premiered in 2009 with 60 dancers at Montreal’s Festival TransAmériques. One year later, Le Très Grand Continental boasted 120 amateur dancers of all ages and backgrounds, guided by a handful of professional dancers. Once again, the show was an audience favorite. Since then, the dance has been staged in Mexico, New York City, Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon, among other cities. In each location, the audience has been won over by the joyous celebration and wild passion of the dance.