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February 18, 2010 18:00 ET

Senator Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis to Attend the North American Premiere of the Ballet La Sylphide

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis, Senator, will attend the North American premiere of the ballet La Sylphide by Filippo Taglioni, performed by China's Guangzhou Ballet Troupe. This show is being presented in Montréal only, on February 18, 19, and 20, 2010. This is the ballet company's first visit to the city.

"Our Government is pleased to participate in cultural events that allow more Canadians to discover new artistic performances," said Minister Moore. "Such events make a significant contribution to Canadian culture."

"Our Government is pleased to participate in such artistic events," added Senator Fortin-Duplessis. "They offer wonderful opportunities to bring people together and to create ties with other nations."

The Guangzhou Ballet is the guest of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, with its performances featured in this season's Grands Ballets program. The Guangzhou Ballet was founded in 1994. It enjoys a solid reputation in China and has earned numerous prizes at international dance competitions in Paris, Helsinki, and Moscow. Its rich and varied repertoire includes more than a dozen ballet classics, as well as original ballets based on stories and themes from Chinese culture. This activity will highlight the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Canada.

(This news release is also available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

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  • Canadian Heritage
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Communications
    Quebec Region
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations