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Grant article

Ottawa Citizen article (June 5, 1976). 

The National Ballet of Canada premiered La Fille mal gardée on November 17, 1976 as a part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. The production featured Karen Kain as Lise, Frank Augustyn as Colas, David Roxander as Alain, Jacques Gorrissen as Widow Simone and Charles Kirby as Thomas.
It was a time of flux for the company as newly appointed Artistic Director Alexander Grant had only recently taken over. Grant was both an inspiration and confidant to choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton who had created many roles specifically for him including Alain in La Fille mal gardée. Under Grant’s tenure as Artistic Director a number of Ashton ballets were added to the National Ballet’s repertoire including Montones II, The Dream, Les Patineurs and The Two Pigeons.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.