National Ballet of Canada | Smash Hit Chroma Onstage June 13 | Presented with Elite Syncopations and Song of a Wayfarer | Aleksandar Antonijevic Celebrates 20th Anniversary

May 29, 2012

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National Ballet of Canada | Smash Hit Chroma Onstage June 13 | Presented with Elite Syncopations and Song of a Wayfarer | Aleksandar Antonijevic Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Etienne Lavigne in Elite Syncopations. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Etienne Lavigne in Elite Syncopations. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

May 29, 2012… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the casting for the summer mixed programme featuring Chroma with Elite Syncopations & Song of a Wayfarer, June 13 – 17, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

Principal Dancer Aleksandar Antonijevic celebrates his 20th season with the National Ballet and the company celebrates the gifted dancer on June 16 at 7:30 pm. This extraordinary artist recently extended his love of dance from the stage to the camera. His third photography exhibit, FEET AND MIRRORS, will be on display in the Henry N.R. Jackman Lounge of the Four Seasons Centre, June 3 – 17.

Chroma by acclaimed British choreographer Wayne McGregor features a score by Joby Talbot with unique orchestrations of three songs by The White Stripes and sets by acclaimed architect John Pawson. Kenneth McMillian’s joyous Elite Syncopations is set to music by Scott Joplin and the beautiful duet Song of a Wayfarer is choreographed by Maurice Béjart to music by Gustav Mahler sung by Baritone Peter Barrett.

The Tutu Project, a year-long project to create 60 original tutus for the National Ballet’s 60th anniversary, will be on display in the lobby of the Four Seasons Centre for all ticket holders.

Casting

Elite Syncopations

Bethena – A Concert Waltz       
Xiao Nan Yu and McGee Maddox* (June 13, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson and Etienne Lavigne* (June 14 at 7:30 pm/ June 16, 17 at 2:00 pm)

The Alaskan Rag                      
Adji Cissoko and Christopher Stalzer (June 13, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm)
Juri Hiraoka and Robert Stephen (June 14 at 7:30 pm/ June 16, 17 at 2:00 pm)

Friday Night
Keiichi Hirano

Calliope Rag
Jordana Daumec (June 13, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm)
Jenna Savella (June 14 at 7:30 pm/ June 16, 17 at 2:00 pm)

The Golden Hours                    
Jillian Vanstone and Patrick Lavoie (June 13, 16 at 7:30 pm)
Stacey Shiori Minagawa and Jonathan Renna (June 14 at 7:30 pm/ June 17 at 2:00 pm)
Chelsy Meiss and Patrick Lavoie (June 15 at 7:30 pm/ June 16 at 2:00 pm)

Song of a Wayfarer

Zdenek Konvalina, Guillaume Côté* (June 13, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm/ June 17 at 2:00 pm)
Aleksandar Antonijevic*, Piotr Stanczyk* (June 14 at 7:30 pm/ June 16 at 2:00 pm)

Chroma

Aleksandar Antonijevic, Greta Hodgkinson, Zdenek Konvalina, Elena Lobsanova, Tina Pereira, Jonathan Renna*, Sonia Rodriguez, Brendan Saye, Robert Stephen, Dylan Tedaldi (June 13, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm)

Adji Cissoko*, Giorgio Galli, Jiří Jelinek, McGee Maddox, Chelsy Meiss*, Heather Ogden, Piotr Stanczyk, Dylan Tedaldi, Brett van Sickle, Xiao Nan Yu (June 14 at 7:30 pm/ June 16, 17 at 2:00 pm)

*Debut

The 2011/12 Season is presented by CTV and The Globe and Mail.

Celebrating 60 Years of Partnership with The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet ofCanada.

Elite Syncopations & Song of a Wayfarer & Chroma are presented by KPMG.

Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso & Allan Slaight.
Heather Ogden is sponsored through Dancers First by Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin.
Keiichi Hirano is sponsored through Dancers First by Patricia Younger.
Elena Lobsanova is sponsored through Dancers First by Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan.
Tina Pereira is sponsored through Dancers First by The Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, O.C.
Robert Stephen is sponsored through Dancers First by Mr. Thor Eaton & The Honourable Nicole Eaton, Senator.
Chelsy Meiss is sponsored through Dancers First by Diana St. B. Weatherall.
Jenna Savella is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.
Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.
Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin & Ross Robinson.

Performance Sponsors: Deloitte (June 14 at 7:30 pm), CTV and The Globe & Mail (June 15 at 7:30 pm), Grant Thornton (June 16 at 2:00 pm) and Gatsby Valet (June 16 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 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; and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

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