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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The National Ballet of Canada's 2017/18 Season


The National Ballet of Canada's 2017/18 Season

Nijinsky October 3 – 8, 2017, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, France 
Note from Tours en l'air: If there is sufficient interest, Tours en l'air will be organizing a trip to Paris to see this and Paris Opera Ballet's Jewels, possibly also including a trip to Amsterdam to see Dutch National Ballet (who have not yet announced their season). Send an email to if you are potentially interested!
Fall Season 
The Winter’s Tale  November 10 – 19, 2017
Based on the classic play by Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale is a story of the deterioration of a marriage and the complex emotions that follow. “With brutal choreography and dramatic intelligence, Christopher Wheeldon has turned Shakespeare’s problem play into a mind-snagging ballet.” (The New Yorker) With an original score by Joby Talbot, set and costume design by Bob Crowley and lighting design by Natasha Katz, the ballet is an engaging and touching reflection on love, jealousy and the nature of family. 
Nijinsky November 22 – 26, 2017
Renowned for his unforgettable stage presence, Vaslav Nijinsky not only shattered all prevailing notions and expectations of the male dancer, but the limitation that convention had imposed on the dramatic possibilities in dance itself. Hailed “a triumph on all fronts” and “a ballet for the ages,” (The Globe and Mail), John Neumeier’s Nijinsky is a modern classic that resonates both with audiences and critics alike. 

Ballet appreciation course: Fokine, Nijinsky and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1900-1919

Get WAY more out of John Neumeier's fabulous ballet Nijinsky with this course. This deeply layered and powerful ballet makes many allusions to the ballets of the era. Make sure you catch them all, and understand their significance for Nijinsky himself and for the history of ballet. email to register.

Mondays 10:00-noon
October 16  - November 20
Goethe Institute Toronto
100 University Avenue, 2nd floor 
$180 including HST 

Holiday Season 
The Nutcracker December 9 – 30, 2017
The holiday classic choreographed by James Kudelka, with sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto, sold out completely in 2016 and returns with 25 performances in 2017. 
Nijinsky January 25 – 27, 2018, National Arts Centre, Ottawa 
Winter Season 
Made in Canada:
The Dreamers Ever Leave You & The Four Seasons & Emergence February 28 – March 4, 2018
Made in Canada is a programme of work by three of the finest Canadian choreographers working today. Choreographic Associate Robert Binet’s The Dreamers Ever Leave You is inspired by the work of artist Lawren Harris and was created in collaboration with Art Gallery of Ontario. The piece has its main stage debut along with James Kudelka’s masterwork The Four Seasons, set to the concerti by Vivaldi, and Crystal Pite’s sensational Emergence, which posits the instinct for social organization found in the insect realm as a precise metaphor for human interaction and purpose. 
The Sleeping Beauty March 8 – 18, 2018
Of all the full-length works in the ballet repertoire, none embodies the unabashed exuberance, grace and technical virtuosity of classical ballet as The Sleeping Beauty. Choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev and staged by Karen Kain, The Sleeping Beauty is one of the most treasured works and holds a singular place in the company’s history.  
Summer Season
Frame by Frame† 
A ballet based on the work of Norman McLaren
By Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté
June 1 – 10, 2018
The legendary Canadian filmmaker and animator Norman McLaren set new standards for his art form throughout his long and illustrious career. Now, the playwright, director, actor and filmmaker Robert Lepage comes to the National Ballet for the first time to collaborate with Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté in a multidisciplinary production that explores McLaren’s’ life and work. 
June 13, 2018 
Paz de la Jolla* & Dark Angels* & Cacti
June 16 – 22, 2018
A mixed programme featuring the company premieres of Paz de la Jolla, Justin Peck’s heartfelt and sunwashed homage to his southern California upbringing set to music by Martinu and Guillaume Côté’s Dark Angels, a new work being created for the National Arts Centre’s celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial set to an original score by Kevin Lau. Rounding out the programme is the return of the audience favourite Cacti, choreographed by Alexandar Ekman. 
World Premiere
*Company Premiere
Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto 

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Katherine Barber
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