Canada’s National Ballet School to Premiere New Work by Aszure Barton

February 27, 2012

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Canada’s National Ballet School to Premiere New Work by Aszure Barton

ballet school logoFebruary 27, 2012…..Canada’s National Ballet School is pleased to announce that its 2012 Spring Showcase will feature the world premiere of a newly-commissioned work by choreographer Aszure Barton.


Barton has a long-standing relationship with NBS.  A graduate of the School – class of ’93 – Barton often cites the School’s Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Workshop as a driving force behind her interest in choreography.  In April, 2010, NBS presented Barton’s works, Busk and Blue Soup, for a three-day run at its Betty Oliphant Theatre.  At that same time, Barton began a mentorship relationship with NBS senior student Robert Binet. Binet was interested in choreography and had the opportunity to shadow Barton as she worked with her dancers. The experience for Binet was a positive one, and he was recently announced as The Royal Ballet’s Choreographic Apprentice for the duration of the 2011/2012 season.


The new work Barton is creating for NBS will run approximately 30 minutes and is set to excerpts from 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano by composer Lera Auerbach.  The Russian-American composer and pianist Auerbach has composed scores for ballets previously, her balletic compositions include The Little Mermaid for The Hamburg Ballet as well as Barton’s Watch her, commissioned during the 2009/2010 season of The National Ballet of Canada.  24 Preludes for Violin and Piano was originally composed in 1999.


“Spring Showcase is always a special performance opportunity for NBS students. Having the chance to participate in the creation of a new work with a choreographer with such strong ties to the School makes the experience all the more meaningful for everyone involved,” said NBS Artistic Director and Co-CEO, Mavis Staines.


Spring Showcase is presented annually by Canada’s National Ballet School. Used as both a performance vehicle for students in the School’s full-time program and a way for NBS to share dance with the community, this celebration of dance offers the public a special glimpse at the stars of tomorrow while embracing some of the most well-known classical and modern repertoire of all time. The dates of Spring Showcase 2012 are May 24 – 26, with 7:30 pm shows daily and a 2:00 pm matinee on Saturday, May 26.  Full repertoire and ticket purchase information regarding Spring Showcase 2012 will be announced in Spring, 2012.


About Canada’s National Ballet School


Canada’s National Ballet School is a world leader in the training of professional dancers and teachers. Dedicated to moving the world through teaching and celebrating dance, NBS is committed to providing dance through community engagement in addition to recreational and professional programs. NBS graduates can be found as dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, teachers, and administrators in over 65 dance companies world wide, and in even more schools around the globe. NBS celebrated its 50th anniversary year from September, 2009 – June, 2010.

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