Through his long career, Fernand Nault created ballets that value great techical and interpretation abilities.
The Fonds chorégraphique Fernand Nault was created in February of 2003 in order to give access to the Companies and Professionnal dance Schools, the works of this appreciated and renowned artist.
Important choregrapher in Quebec and Canada, his creations are appreciated for their contemporary approach and deals with subjects always as current over the years.
The Fonds chorégraphique Fernand Nault (FCFN) has for mission to insure the perennity of the choregraphic repertory of Fernand Nault. A duly registered legal entity acquired by assignment of rights, the FCFN also has the mandate to protect the moral rights of its author and the promotion of his repertory.
To fullfill this mission, Fernand Nault imparted to his trustee, André Laprise, the responsability of preserving the artistic integrity, level of excellence and intention of his work along with the administratorship of the FCFN.
The experience and documentation acquired by André Laprise next to Fernand Nault since 1984 and the archive videos selected for their analysable material are part of the main reference sources.
To obtain further information on specific works, such as licencing fees, technical needs, required staging time or any other details, you must contact the FCFN‘s trustee, Mr André Laprise.
Depending on the situation, Mr Laprise’s services also include:
- Administratorship and promotion (sales, royalty and licence contracts, fees…);
- Negociation and execution of any restaging (rehearsals, staging, costumes, sets, accessories, lighting, casting…);
- Any other intervention related to a production;
- Administratorship of all other matters in relation to Fernand Nault’s repertory.
Born in Montreal, Fernand Nault first studied dance with Maurice Morenoff and then in New York, London and Paris with renowned masters. From 1944 to 1965, he was a dancer, then ballet master at The American Ballet Theatre. From 1960 to 1964, he was also director of the company’s school in New York.
In 1965, he joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens as co artistic director and resident choreographer. He helped the company take flight by creating astonishingly diverse works, ranging from classical to neo classical, by way of contemporary and theatrical dance. Thus he added to the repertoire works such as La Fille mal gardée, Danses concertantes, Symphony of Psalms, Liberté tempérée, La Scouine and The Seven Deadly Sins not to mention his famous The Nutcrackerpresented each year since 1964 and two works of resounding success and international renown : Carmina Burana and Tommy.
Fernand Nault remained resident choreographer of Les Grands ballets Canadiens while serving as choreographer and ballet master at l’École supérieure de danse du Québec. Between 1985 and 1988, at the request of Ludmilla Chiriaeff, he organized several series of performances intended to foster a taste for dance among elementary, secondary schools and cegeps students in the Montreal region.
Fernand Nault has conceived many choreographies for American Ballet Theatre, Alberta Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Federation of the Philippines, Delta Festival Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, National Ballet of Korea and Washington Ballet. From 1978 to 1981 he was guest choreographer and, from 1981 to 1982, artistic director of The Colorado Ballet. Among other collaborations, Fernand Nault choreographed the dance sequences of Aïda and La Veuve joyeuse presented by L’Opéra de Montréal in 1986 and 1991.
Fernand Nault has received three awards from the Canadian government, the Centennial Medal, in 1967, the Order of Canada, in 1977 and the Governor General’s awards for the performing arts, in 2000. He has been awarded the prize for choreography, in 1976, for his ballet Incohérence at the 7th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. In 1984, he was honoured by the Government of Quebec with the Prix Denise Pelletier, a lifetime achievement award. In 1990, he was accepted as a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec and was named Choreographer Emeritus of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.
In 2003, Fernand Nault founded the Fonds chorégrahique Fernand Nault, a trust with mission to insure the continuity of his choreographic heritage and to make is repertoire accessible to professional dance companies and schools.
Trustee and Official Rehearsal Master,
Fonds chorégraphique Fernand Nault
Born in Earstern Townships André Laprise has graduated from L’École supérieure des Grands Ballets Canadiens. Teacher and choreographer at L’Académie de danse de l’Outaouais since 1979, he was appointed artistic, educational and administrative director of this institution in 1982. In 1984, he creates the Camp d’été qui danse and becomes assistant of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens Choreographer Emeritus, Mr Fernand Nault..
His career as a dancer, teacher and rehearsal master brought him to work in Canada, United States, Europe and Asia with Atlanta Ballet, Brno National Theatre Ballet, Danse-Partout, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Kansas City Ballet, National Ballet of Korea, Nice Ballet Théâtre, Ottawa Dance Theatre, Slovak National Ballet, Southern Ballet Theatre and Washington Ballet.
From 1990 to 2006 he has been active as a member of different comities and board member of organizations devoted to training, production and development of dance like the Regroupement québécois de la danse, the Réseau d’écoles partenaires en danse classique du Québec and the Conseil québécois des ressources humaines en culture. From 2002 to 2011, he was also member of the Commission des arts, de la culture, des lettres et du patrimoine de Gatineau.
In 2002, the Prix hommage de la Ville de Gatineau is presented to André Laprise for his involvement in the artistic and cultural development of the Outaouais region..
In February 2003, André Laprise was appointed Trustee of the Fonds chorégraphique Fernand Nault.
The Fonds chorégraphique Fernand Nault (FCFN) has created the Fonds d’archives Fernand Nault in collaboration with the Quebec National Archives. This trust, composed of iconographic and textual documents, centers on the artistic activities of Fernand Nault. More so on his activities as co-director and choregrapher at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, dancer, ballet master and stage-manager at the American Ballet Theatre, artistic director at the American Ballet School, artistic director in Louisville (Kentucky) and Denver (Colorado)..
The FCFN is composed of the following documents:
- Documents relating to his stagings: conceptual drawings, posters, programs, photos;
- Handwritten notes of his stagings and choregraphies;
- Press cut-outs;
- Interview transcriptions;
- Photographic elements, some taken during the tours for the American Ballet Theatre from 1940 to 1960.
Le Fonds chorégraphique Fernand Nault tient à remercier pour leur support ou leur collaboration:
- Marchand Melançon Forget s.e.n.c.r.l., Advocate
- Marie-Claude Laprise
- Marie-Renée Boudreault, CGA, co-trustee
- Me Louise Giguère, notary
- Me Mathilde Rompré, Legal councillor
- Me Catherine Tremblay, Legal councillor
- Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec
- Julien Tolsczuk Jalbert, website creator (2005-2014)
- Pierre-Alexandre Tanguay, website creator (2015)
- Vincent Warren
From the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal archives:
Andrew Oxenham, Michael Slobodian, Melodie Garbish, Ronald Diamond, André Le Coz, Ian W. Westbury, Pierre Gaudard, Roland Lorente
La Fille mal gardée (Kansas City Ballet) Photographe Steve Wilson
- #4 – Kansas City Ballet : Chelsea Teel, Geoffrey Kropp
- #5 – Kansas City Ballet : Caitlin Mack, Matthew Powell, Amber Metiva
- #7 – Kansas City Ballet
- #3 – Kansas City Ballet
- Julien Tolszczuk-Jalbert (portrait André Laprise)