The National Ballet of Canada 2014/15 Season Announced
Canadian Premiere of The Tempest by Alexei Ratmansky
World Premiere by Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté
Tours to Los Angeles and Ottawa
Future Projects: The Winter’s Tale and Le Petit Prince
February 3, 2014… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the 2014/15 season. The season features the Canadian premiere of The Tempest by Alexei Ratmansky and the return of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, after an absence of 16 years. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon and Nijinsky by John Neumeier are back due to popular demand and Principal Dancer and Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté will create a new work. The 2014/15 season will continue the company’s touring activity with performances in Los Angeles and Ottawa.
“The National Ballet of Canada has always taken special pride in its ability – and willingness – to embrace and engage with many different kinds of dance, from the traditional classical canon to works of experimental urgency,” says Ms. Kain. “The 2014/15 season is an especially rich demonstration of our company’s range and commitment to a diverse and challenging repertoire and is a testament to the National Ballet’s openness and commitment to the many varieties of classical dance.”
The 2014/15 Season
The National Ballet of Canada will return to The Music Center in Los Angeles with Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmansky, July 10 – 13, 2014. This is the National Ballet’s second engagement at the prestigious Music Center. The company first toured to The Music Center in 2012 with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The National Ballet will tour the acclaimed production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for an expanded six performance run to Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa April 9 – 12, 2015, where the company has toured annually since 1969.
The Fall Season in Toronto will begin with Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, November 8 – 16, 2014. Not performed since 1998, Manon, is one of MacMillan’s – and modern ballet’s – most dramatically powerful works.
The Fall Season continues with Nijinsky by John Neumeier, back by popular demand. Hailed as “a triumph of dramatic intensity” by the Toronto Star and “a jewel in the crown for the National” by The Globe and Mail, Nijinsky was a great success when it made its Canadian premiere in 2013. The National Ballet is the only company outside of The Hamburg Ballet to have performed Nijinsky, which runs November 22 – 30, 2014.
The Holiday Season features the perennial favourite, The Nutcracker by James Kudelka, December 13, 2014 – January 3, 2015.
The Winter Season opens with … black night’s bright day … by James Kudelka, which was created as part of the Innovation programme in 2013. It will be presented with Chroma by Wayne McGregor, an audience favourite, March 4 – 8, 2015.
Following the winter mixed programme is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon, March 14 – 29, 2015. The Eleventh International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize will round out the Winter Season on March 24, 2015.
The Summer Season features Being and Nothingness by Guillaume Côté, a four-part reflection in dance set to music by Philip Glass, May 30 – June 7, 2015. Being and Nothingness (Part 1) was presented as part of Innovation in 2013 and praised by audiences and critics alike. It is presented with the Canadian premiere of The Tempest by Alexei Ratmansky, an elegant and beautifully condensed evocation of the Shakespeare play, set to music by Sibelius and sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto. The Tempest is a co-production of the National Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
The 2014/15 season concludes with The Sleeping Beauty by Rudolf Nureyev, a ballet that epitomizes, perhaps better than any other, the meaning of classical ballet. Staged by Karen Kain and refurbished and restored to its original splendor, The Sleeping Beauty runs June 10 – 14, 2015.
The company is part of and developing several future projects for upcoming seasons. The Winter’s Tale, a new full-length ballet by the same creative team behind Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, composer Joby Talbot, designer Bob Crowley and lighting designer Natasha Katz, will make its Canadian premiere in the 2015/16 season. The Winter’s Tale is the company’s second co-production with The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, London and will premiere in London on April 10, 2014.
A new full-length adaptation of the well-known novella Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is currently in development. The first workshop in July 2013 brought together the creative team of choreographer Guillaume Côté, composer Kevin Lau, librettist Adam Gopnik, designer Michael Levine and multi-media director Ben Shrinian. A second workshop is scheduled this spring. Le Petit Prince will make its world premiere in the 2015/16 season.
The National Ballet of Canada’s 2014/15 Season
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
November 8 – 16, 2014
November 22 – 30, 2014
December 13, 2014 – January 3, 2015
… black night’s bright day … & Chroma
March 4 – 8, 2015
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
March 14 – 29, 2015
The Eleventh International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize
March 24, 2015
Being and Nothingness† & The Tempest*
May 30 – June 7, 2015
The Sleeping Beauty
June 10 – 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Romeo and Juliet
July 10 – 13, 2014, The Music Center, Los Angeles
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
April 9 – 12, 2015, Canada’s National Arts Centre, Ottawa
† World Premiere
* Company Premiere
Tickets: $26 – $249, including 13% HST
Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto
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BMO Financial Group presents Nijinsky.
Lead philanthropic support for Nijinsky is provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, The Producers’ Circle and The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada.
TD Bank Group presents The Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lawrence & Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.
… black night’s bright day … is generously supported by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Producers’ Circle.
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 and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey, Robert & Judith Lawrie and Wallace McCain & Margaret McCain, C.C.
Generously supported by The Monument Trust in memory of Simon Sainsbury.
The Eleventh International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize is presented by John and Claudine Bailey.
Being and Nothingness & The Tempest are generously supported by The Producers’ Circle: John & Claudine Bailey, David Binet, Susanne Boyce & Dr. Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Rosamond Ivey, Hal Jackman Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Joan & Jerry Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Sandra L. Simpson and Noreen Taylor & David Staines, O.C.
The Sleeping Beauty is made possible by generous contributions from Margaret Fleck & Jim Fleck, O.C., The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Gretchen Ross and Nancy Pencer & Michael Benjamin.
Lead philanthropic support for Romeo and Juliet is provided by Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., with additional generous support from Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and Walter Carsen, O.C.
The touring of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa is made possible with support from Jerry and Joan Lozinski and The Honourable Margaret McCain, C.C.
Ottawa Tour Transportation Sponsor: Via Rail Canada
Lead philanthropic support for The Winter’s Tale is provided in part by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C. and The Producers’ Circle.
Lead philanthropic support for Le Petit Prince is provided in part by The Producers’ Circle.
Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso and Allan Slaight.