National Ballet of Canada announces 2012/13 Season – and a tour to London in April

February 6, 2012

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National Ballet of Canada announces 2012/13 Season


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Romeo and Juliet Return
The National Ballet of Canada Tours to London, England

Two Company Premieres and One Toronto Premiere

national ballet of canadaFebruary 6, 2012… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the 2012/13 season, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon returns by popular demand along with Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmansky, which will tour to London, England. The season also features the company premieres of Nijinsky by John Neumeier and a full-length production of Carmen by Davide Bombana and the Toronto premiere of The Man in Black by James Kudelka.

“The 2012/13 season is a special one for the National Ballet in two important ways. First is the repertoire itself, which is an exciting and diverse blend of works from the classical canon and new ballets by some of the most interesting and talented choreographers at work today,” says Ms. Kain. “The second reason is that the season will see the company touring to key Canadian and international dance centres. I have always felt touring was and should be a vital component of the National Ballet’s identity and it gives me great pleasure to know we will be representing Canada and Canadian dance artistry abroad for the first time in many years.”

The 2012/13 Season

A highlight of The National Ballet of Canada’s 2012/13 season will be the tour of the triumphant new production of Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmansky to Sadler’s Wells in London, England, April 17 – 21, 2013. After an absence of over two decades, the National Ballet returns to perform on the London stage. The company last toured to The London Coliseum in 1987. Romeo and Juliet will also tour to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, January 31 – February 2, 2013.

In Toronto, the Fall Season opens with the return of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon, November 10 – 25, 2012. A co-production with England’s Royal Ballet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic when it premiered in 2011. The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize takes place on November 28, 2012 and is followed by Giselle, one of the National Ballet’s most popular classical works, December 5 – 9, 2012.

Following The Nutcracker, December 19, 2012 – January 5, 2013, is the company premiere of John Neumeier’s celebrated work, Nijinsky, March 1 – 7, 2013. Part memory-ballet and part biographical narrative, Nijinsky is  a complex and absorbing character study of one of ballet’s most legendary figures. Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmansky returns March 12 – 17, 2013. Sold out when it premiered last season, this exciting new version by the acclaimed Russian choreographer is already an audience favourite and perfect for the March Break. Concluding the Winter Season is an all-Canadian mixed programme of The Four Seasons by James Kudelka and Emergence by Crystal Pite, March 20 – 24, 2013.

The Summer Season features a newly expanded, full-length version of Davide Bombana’s sultry and passionate Carmen, June 5 – 16, 2013 and a mixed program of Jorma Elo’s Pur ti MiroNo. 24 by Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté, James Kudelka’s The Man in Black and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, June 19 – 23, 2013. Created for the Choreographic Lab in 2010, No. 24 is Mr. Côté’s first ballet to be part of the National Ballet’s regular season. The Man in Black, which made its company premiere on the 2011 Western Canada tour, was the undeniable hit of the tour.

The National Ballet of Canada’s 2012/13 Season

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto

Otto Bubenicek and Anna Polikarpova of The Hamburg Ballet in Nijinsky. Photo by Holger Badekow.

Otto Bubenicek and Anna Polikarpova of The Hamburg Ballet in Nijinsky. Photo by Holger Badekow.

Fall Season
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
November 10 – 25, 2012

The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize
November 28, 2012

Giselle
December 5 – 9, 2012

Holiday Season
The Nutcracker
December 19, 2012 – January 5, 2013

Winter Season
Nijinsky*
March 1 – 7, 2013

Piotr Stanczyk, Kevin D. Bowles, Tanya Howard and Heather Ogden in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

Piotr Stanczyk, Kevin D. Bowles, Tanya Howard and Heather Ogden in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

Romeo and Juliet
March 12 – 17, 2013

The Four Seasons & Emergence
March 20 – 24, 2013

Summer Season
Carmen
*
June 5 – 16, 2013

Pur ti Miro & No. 24 & The Man in Black & Theme and Variations
June 19 – 23, 2013

Touring
Romeo and Juliet
January 31 – February 2, 2013, National Arts Centre, Ottawa
April 17 – 21, 2013, Sadler’s Wells, London, England

* Company Premiere

Xiao Nan Yu with Artists of the Ballet in Giselle. Photo by James Cooper.

Xiao Nan Yu with Artists of the Ballet in Giselle. Photo by James Cooper.

Tickets: $25 – $239, 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.

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BMO Financial Group presents Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Lead philanthropic support for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet with additional support generously provided by The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey, Robert & Judith Lawrie and Wallace & Margaret McCain.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is generously supported by The Monument Trust in memory of Simon Sainsbury.

Giselle was produced as a memorial to the late William P. Walker.

TD Bank Group presents The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra & Jim Pitblado, Lawrence & Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.

Lead philanthropic support for Nijinsky is provided by The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation.

Lead philanthropic support for Romeo and Juliet is provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado with additional generous support from Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and Walter Carsen, O.C.

The Four Seasons & Emergence are presented by KPMG LLP.

The Four Seasons is a gift from THE VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE, THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA.

Emergence is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.

Carmen is generously supported in part by Margaret Fleck & Jim Fleck, O.C. and Gretchen & Donald Ross.

Pur ti Miro & Theme and Variations are gifts from THE VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE, THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA.

Via Rail is the Official Transportation Sponsor of the tour of Romeo and Juliet to Ottawa.

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.

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