Canadian Premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Chroma – & casting

November 2, 2010

Ballet, Ballet News, Press Releases

Canadian Premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Chroma
Presented with Serenade and Emergence
November 24 – 28, 2010

Ballet NEWS

Sarah Lamb and Frederico Bonelli of The Royal Ballet in Chroma. Photograph : Johan Persson

November 1, 2010… The National Ballet of Canada presents the Canadian premiere of acclaimed British Choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, featuring a score by British composer Joby Talbot which includes unique orchestrations of three songs by The White Stripes. Chroma will be presented on a mixed programme with George Balanchine’s timeless Serenade and Crystal Pite’s award-winning Emergence November 24 to 28, 2010 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Wayne McGregor, Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, created Chroma in 2006. The work earned rave reviews when it first premiered as well as the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Choreography and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production, among others. Chroma features set design by acclaimed architect John Pawson. The National Ballet will be the first company outside of The Royal Ballet to perform this brilliant work.

Stephanie Hutchison in Serenade. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Stephanie Hutchison in Serenade. Photograph : Cylla von Tiedemann

Among the many great works created by Russian-born choreographer George Balanchine, Serenade is considered by many to be his masterpiece. A powerful, haunting work, filled with images of lyric meditation, Serenade emphasizes in melodic visual terms Tchaikovsky‘s ravishing Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra.

A riveting, dark-hued work that casts a swarming, scurrying group of dancers, insect-like, in an eerily subterranean universe, Crystal Pite’s Emergence explores the instinct for creating social forms through the movement and architecture of the choreography itself. Emergence won four Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 2009 for Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Choreography, Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition by Owen Belton.  

Artists of the Ballet in Emergence. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Artists of the Ballet in Emergence. Photograph : Cylla von Tiedemann

The opening night pre-show Ballet Talk will be given by Artistic Director Karen Kain and Mr. McGregor 45 minutes prior to the curtain. 



Aleksandar Antonijevic, Greta Hodgkinson, Tanya Howard, Zdenek Konvalina, Noah Long, Tina Pereira, Brendan Saye, Robert Stephen, Dylan Tedaldi, Bridgett Zehr (November 24, 26, 27 at 7:30 pm)

Naoya Ebe, Giorgio Galli, Jiří Jelinek, Elena Lobsanova, McGee Maddox, Heather Ogden, Sonia Rodriguez, Piotr Stanczyk, Brett van Sickle, Xiao Nan Yu (November 25 at 7:30 pm/November 27, 28 at 2:00 pm)


Xiao Nan Yu, Heather Ogden, Stephanie Hutchison (November 24 at 7:30 pm)
Bridgett Zehr, Rebekah Rimsay, Tanya Howard (November 25 at 7:30 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson, Sonia Rodriguez, Stephanie Hutchison (November 26 at 7:30 pm)
Bridgett Zehr, Heather Ogden, Tanya Howard (November 27 at 2:00 pm)
Xiao Nan Yu, Sonia Rodriguez, Elena Lobsanova (November 27 at 7:30 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson, Jillian Vanstone, Stephanie Hutchison (November 28 at 2:00 pm)

Brett van Sickle, McGee Maddox (November 24, 27 at 7:30 pm)
Zdenek Konvalina, Patrick Lavoie (November 25 at 7:30 pm/November 27 at 2:00 pm)
Jiří Jelinek, McGee Maddox (November 26 at 7:30 pm)
Jiří Jelinek, Patrick Lavoie (November 28 at 2:00 pm)

Shino Mori, Tina Pereira, Lise-Marie Jourdain, Jordana Daumec (November 24 at 7:30 pm/November 27, 28 at 2:00 pm)
Elena Lobsanova, Chelsy Meiss, Jenna Savella, Tiffany Mosher (November 25, 26 at 7:30 pm)
Shino Mori, Selene Guerrero-Trujillo, Jenna Savella, Tiffany Mosher (November 27 at 7:30 pm) 

Chelsy Meiss or Jordana Daumec, Adji Cissoko, Juri Hiraoka, Grace Hanley, Krista Dowson, Kathryn Hosier, Alexandra MacDonald, Sarah Elena Wolff, Nadine Drouin, Selene Guerrero-Trujillo or Andreea Olteanu, Andreea Olteanu or Ji Min Hong, Marissa Parzei, Elizabeth Marrable

James Leja, Giorgio Galli, Nan Wang, Aarik Wells


Aleksandar Antonijevic, Kevin D. Bowles, Noah Long, Jordana Daumec, Krista Dowson, Naoya Ebe, Giorgio Galli, Juri Hiraoka, Greta Hodgkinson, Tanya Howard, Stephanie Hutchison, Jiří Jelinek or Piotr Stanczyk, Lise-Marie Jourdain, Etienne Lavigne, Patrick Lavoie, James Leja, Elena Lobsanova, Alexandra MacDonald, McGee Maddox, Elizabeth Marrable, Chelsy Meiss, Tiffany Mosher, Heather Ogden, Andreea Olteanu, Marissa Parzei, Jonathan Renna or Ryan Booth, Rebekah Rimsay, Sonia Rodriguez or Bridgett Zehr, Jenna Savella, Brendon Saye, Christopher Stalzer, Joseph Steinauer, Robert Stephen, Dylan Tedaldi, Brett van Sickle, Jillian Vanstone or Tina Pereira, Nan Wang, Aarik Wells

Chroma & Serenade & Emergence
Wednesday November 24 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, November 25 at 7:30 pm
Friday, November 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 27 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 28 at 2:00 pm

The 2010/11 season is presented by CTV and The Globe and Mail.

BMO Financial Group presents Chroma & Serenade & Emergence.

The performance of Serenade, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trustsm and has been produced by arrangement with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.

Emergence is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.

Zdenek Konvalina is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.
Bridgett Zehr is sponsored through Dancers First by Diana Weatherall.
Tanya Howard is sponsored through Dancers First by Nancy Pencer.
Elena Lobsanova is sponsored through Dancers First by Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan.
Noah Long is sponsored through Dancers First by Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan.
Jenna Savella is sponsored through Dancers First by Elvio & Marlene DelZotto.
Robert Stephen is sponsored through Dancers First by Mr. Thor Eaton & The Honourable Nicole Eaton, Senator.
Krista Dowson is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.
Nadine Drouin is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.
Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin and Ross Robinson.
Sarah Elena Wolff is sponsored through Dancers First by Lynda & Jonas Prince.

Performance Sponsors: Deloitte (November 25 at 7:30 pm), Lucille Joseph & Urban Joseph, O.C. In memory of David Pecaut (November 26 at 7:30 pm), VIA Rail Canada (November 27 at 2:00 pm), Rolex Canada (November 27 at 7:30 pm), LOCALE (November 28 at 2:00 pm)

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 Arts Foundation; the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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