Jean Grand-Maître to step down as artistic director of Alberta Ballet after three-year transition

Alberta Ballet’s longest-serving artistic director, Jean Grand-Maître, will step down after a three-year transition period that will see him passing the torch to Christopher Anderson by 2022, according to an announcement from the ballet company scheduled to be released today.

Grand-Maître — who joined Alberta Ballet in 2002 as artistic director — will remain in the role for the 2020-21 season, which will include new work from both him and Anderson. In 2021-22, Grand-Maître and Anderson will share duties as co-artistic directors. In the 2022-23 season, Anderson will take over as artistic director while Grand-Maître will remain as an artist-in-residence for the company.

“I’m in a place now, and I’m realizing it every day, where I need more challenges,” says Grand-Maître, 56, adding he has no plans to retire from the performing arts.

“Directing a ballet company is extremely demanding: finance, raising funds, raising donors, raising repertoire. After 20 years, it’s not like I feel like I’ve been there and got the T-shirt, but it feels like I’ve given it everything I could and I want to try new challenges. Read full article HERE

Source: Calgary Herald

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