National Ballet of Canada : Canadian Premiere of Russian Seasons by Alexei Ratmansky

March 18, 2011

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national ballet of canada logoCanadian Premiere of Russian Seasons by Alexei Ratmansky
Presented with Apollo and Theme and Variations
March 23 – 27, 2011

March 16, 2011… The National Ballet of Canada presents the Canadian premiere of Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons, featuring a score by his compatriot, Leonid Desyatnikov. Russian Seasons is presented on a mixed programme with George Balanchine’s Apollo and Theme and Variations March 23 – 27, 2011 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Former Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet and now Artist-in-Residence with American Ballet Theatre, Mr. Ratmansky is an internationally celebrated choreographer. Created for New York City Ballet in 2006, Russian Seasons is an inventive and exciting combination of dance and musical flavours. Set to a score of four concertos for strings and solo soprano by Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov, the ballet features six couples in a series of thematic vignettes loosely centered around the Russian Orthodox liturgical calendar.

Mr. Ratmansky will be creating a new full-length production of Romeo and Juliet that will open the National Ballet’s 60th anniversary season on November 16, 2011.

Apollo was first performed by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1928. It was George Balanchine’s first ballet to receive international recognition and the earliest work that illustrates his flair for revitalizing 19th-century classicism with a modern dance vocabulary distinctly his own.

Theme and Variations is one of the most popular and oft-performed of the Balanchine-Tchaikovsky ballets. The work is a tour-de-force of neoclassical style and brims with the choreographer’s affection for the grand tradition of his Russian forebears.

The opening night pre-show Ballet Talk will be given by Natasha Frid, Education Manager for DanceWorks and Dance Collection Danse, 45 minutes prior to the curtain.

Principal Casting

Russian Seasons

Greta Hodgkinson, Heather Ogden, Xiao Nan Yu
Elena Lobsanova, Jenna Savella, Jillian Vanstone

Guillaume Côté
Aleksandar Antonijevic, Zdenek Konvalina, McGee Maddox, Christopher Stalzer, Robert Stephen
(March 23, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm)

Chelsy Meiss, Sonia Rodriguez, Bridgett Zehr
Jordana Daumec, Tanya Howard, Lise-Marie Jourdain

Piotr Stanczyk
Ryan Booth, Naoya Ebe, Jonathan Renna, Dylan Tedaldi, Brett van Sickle
(March 24 at 7:30 pm/March 26, 27 at 2:00 pm)

ApolloApollo             
Zdenek Konvalina (March 23, 26 at 7:30 pm)
Aleksandar Antonijevic (March 24 at 7:30pm/March 26 at 2:00 pm)
Guillaume Côté (Mar 25 at 7:30 pm/March 27 at 2:00 pm)

Terpsichore     
Sonia Rodriguez (Mar 23, 26 at 7:30 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson (March 24 at 7:30pm/March 26 at 2:00 pm)
Xiao Nan Yu (Mar 25 at 7:30 pm/March 27 at 2:00 pm)

Polyhymnia     
Elena Lobsanova* (March 23, 26 at 7:30 pm)
Rebekah Rimsay (March 24 at 7:30pm/March 26 at 2:00 pm)
Heather Ogden (Mar 25 at 7:30 pm/March 27 at 2:00 pm)

Calliope          
Jillian Vanstone (March 23, 26 at 7:30 pm)
Bridgett Zehr (Mar 24, 25 at 7:30 pm/March 26, 27 at 2:00 pm)

Theme and Variations

Heather Ogden and Piotr Stanczyk (March 23 at 7:30 pm/March 27 at 2:00 pm)
Jillian Vanstone* and Dylan Tedaldi* (March 24 at 7:30 pm/March 26 at 2:00 pm)
Elena Lobsanova* and Piotr Stanczyk (March 25, 26 at 7:30 pm)

* Debuts
All casting subject to change

Russian Seasons & Apollo & Theme and Variations
Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 25 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 26 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 27 at 2:00 pm

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

Russian Seasons is made possible in part by a grant from the New Creations Fund of The National Ballet of Canada, Endowment Foundation.

Apollo and Theme and Variations are gifts from THE VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE, THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA.

Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso & Allan Slaight.
Zdenek Konvalina is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.
Bridgett Zehr is sponsored through Dancers First by Diana St. B. Weatherall.
Tanya Howard is sponsored through Dancers First by Nancy Pencer.
Elena Lobsanova 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.

Performance Sponsors: KPMG (March 24 at 7:30 pm), VIA Rail Canada (March 25 at 7:30 pm) and CTV and The Globe & Mail (March 26 at 7:30 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 and Tourism 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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