Artistic Director Karen Kain Unveils The National Ballet of Canada’s 2013/14 Season
Innovation: Three World Premieres by Canadian Choreographers
Canadian Premiere of Spectre de la Rose by Marco Goecke
First-Ever Tour to Saratoga Springs, NY
Swan Lake, Onegin
February 12, 2013… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the 2013/14 season. Featured next season are Innovation, a programme of three world premieres by three brilliant Canadian choreographers: Robert Binet, José Navas and James Kudelka, the Canadian premiere of Spectre de la Rose, re-imagined by Stuttgart Ballet’s Choreographer in Residence Marco Goecke, and treasured classics Swan Lake and Onegin. The season begins with more touring as the company debuts in Saratoga Springs, New York.
“These are exciting times for The National Ballet of Canada; there is a new vigor and character to the company. Our performances, both at home and on the international stage, have been greeted with praise from both audiences and critics alike and our dancers are clearly galvanized by the experience, as is showcased in their outstanding performances,” says Ms. Kain. “The 2013/14 season reflects this energy and dynamism with a rich blend of contemporary and classical ballets that display the trove of talent that make up our remarkable company.”
The 2013/14 Season
The National Ballet of Canada will tour for the first time to Saratoga Springs, New York, July 16 – 18, 2013 with the Romantic classic Giselle and an all-Canadian mixed programme of The Four Seasons & Emergence. The National Ballet is the first ballet company outside of New York City Ballet to perform at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and will be accompanied by the National Ballet Orchestra. The company also tours to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa with Swan Lake, January 30 – February 1, 2014.
The Fall Season in Toronto opens with Swan Lake, one of the central works of the classical canon. Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, the National Ballet’s Swan Lake is a distinct and powerful adaptation by James Kudelka and runs November 9 – 17, 2013, then returns for the March Break in the Winter Season. The National Ballet presents a second Innovation programme bringing together three Canadian choreographers: Robert Binet, José Navas and James Kudelka. The three world premieres will be presented November 22 – 28, 2013.
Following The Nutcracker, December 14, 2013 – January 4, 2014, is a mixed programme of Watch her by Aszure Barton and A Month in the Country by Sir Frederick Ashton, performed for the first time since 1995. The mixed programme runs February 26 – March 2, 2014.The Winter Season continues with Swan Lake, March 8 – 16, 2014, followed by Onegin, choreographed by John Cranko, March 19 – 23, 2014.
The Summer Season features the Canadian premiere of a stunning re-imagining of the famous Ballets Russes work, Spectre de la Rose, by Marco Goecke, Choreographer in Residence at Stuttgart Ballet, Opus 19/The Dreamer by Jerome Robbins and the second detail by William Forsythe, May 28 – June 1, 2014. The season concludes with Cinderella, choreographed by James Kudelka, June 4 – 15, 2014.
The National Ballet of Canada’s 2013/14 Season
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
November 9 – 17, 2013
November 22 – 28, 2013
December 14, 2013 – January 4, 2014
Watch her & A Month in the Country
February 26 – March 2, 2014
March 8 – 16, 2014
March 19 – 23, 2014
Spectre de la Rose+ & Opus 19/The Dreamer & the second detail
May 28 – June 1, 2014
June 4 – 15, 2014
June 12, 2014
Giselle, The Four Seasons & Emergence
July 16 – 18, 2013, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York
January 30 – February 1, 2014, National Arts Centre, Ottawa
* World Premiere + Company Premiere
Tickets: $25 – $244, including 13% HST
Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto
Box Office: The box office is located at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West) or call 416 (toll free 1 866) 345 9595. Tickets can also be purchased online.
Giselle was produced as a memorial to the late William P. Walker.
The Four Seasons is a gift from THE VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE, THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA.
Emergence is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.
Swan Lake is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra & Jim Pitblado and Margaret & Jim Fleck.
BMO Financial Group presents Innovation.
Innovation is supported by The Producers’ Circle: John & Claudine Bailey, Susanne Boyce & Dr. Brendan Mullen, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, O.C., Julie Medland, Sandra & Jim Pitblado, Sandra Simpson and Noreen Taylor & David Staines.
TD Bank Group presents The Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra & Jim Pitblado, Lawrence and Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet
Watch her is generously supported by Walter Carsen, O.C. and the Board of Directors of The National Ballet of Canada.
A Month in the Country has been totally underwritten by Jim and Sandra Pitblado.
Onegin is generously supported in part by an anonymous friend of The National Ballet of Canada.
Spectre de la Rose, Opus 19/The Dreamer and the second detail is presented by KPMG LLP.
Spectre de la Rose is supported by The Producers’ Circle: John & Claudine Bailey, Susanne Boyce & Dr. Brendan Mullen, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, O.C., Julie Medland, Sandra & Jim Pitblado, Sandra Simpson and Noreen Taylor & David Staines.
Opus 19/The Dreamer is made possible by a generous contribution from David and Torunn Banks.
Opus 19/The Dreamer is performed with permission of The Robbins Rights Trust.
the second detail is a gift from THE VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE, THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA.
Cinderella is a gift from THE VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE, THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA.
Air Canada is the Official Airline of The National Ballet of Canada.
Ottawa Tour Transportation Sponsor: VIA Rail Canada.
The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Trillium Foundation.