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Les Blés d’Or

Famed performer and choreographer Martha Graham (1894 – 1991) called dancing the “hidden language of the soul.” Recreating traditional folk dance pieces, one Alberta ensemble has tried to capture and preserve the soul of the province’s French community.

Les Blés d’Or (“Golden Wheat”) is one of the oldest folkdance companies in Alberta. Formed in St. Paul in 1973 as a recreational group, the ensemble has since toured internationally, provincially and locally appearing at both folk and contemporary dance events. Between 1976 and 2001, Les Blés d’Or performed at over 100 festivals, shows, conventions and special events. The group, which is comprised of 20 members, also provides jig and dance workshops.

One of the company’s most memorable performances was at Expo '86 in Vancouver BC, in 1986. They have also toured Quebec on more than one occasion and have travelled twice to Dieppe, France to participate in celebrations of the anniversary of Dieppe Raid. Other notable appearances include a performance at the Opening Ceremonies of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary and as Ambassadors for Canada at an international festival in Ireland.

The company operates a dance school and has assisted other communities with the development of folkdance groups. Another group, Les Tourbillons, a senior group, was formed in 1979 by Les Blés d’Or and has since toured the province performing traditional dances.

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Les Blés d’Or in France

Les Blés d’Or in France