The National Ballet of Canada Celebrates 60th Anniversary Season with Western Canada Tour

August 31, 2011

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The National Ballet of Canada Celebrates 60th Anniversary Season with Western Canada Tour

September 15 – October 4, 2011

Opening Night Ballet Talks with Karen Kain

August 30, 2011… The National Ballet of Canada launches the 60th anniversary season with a six-city tour in Western Canada of an innovative mixed programme featuring the company premiere of James Kudelka’s The Man in Black & William Forsythe’s the second detail & Jerome RobbinsOther Dances & Crystal Pite’s Emergence. The National Ballet performs in Calgary (September 15 – 17), Edmonton (September 19 – 20), Vancouver (September 23 – 25), Victoria (September 27 – 28), Nanaimo (September 30) and, after an absence of 14 years, Winnipeg (October 4).

Artistic Director Karen Kain will speak during special opening night Ballet Talks 45 minutes prior to the performance in every city.

James Kudelka’s The Man in Black makes its company premiere on the Western Canada Tour. The work is a celebration of American working-class grit and of the man whose voice embodied it so movingly, Johnny Cash. Six Cash songs – all covers from the later part of his career – are given visual resonance in a suite of dances for an ensemble of three men and a woman, all in cowboy boots.

The great provocateur William Forsythe is a master of the deconstructivist mode. Set to an electronic score by Thom Willems, the second detail is a hard-edged, playfully physical work.

Jerome RobbinsOther Dances, originally created for Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1976, pays homage to both Chopin’s Romanticism and the fluidity of classical ballet technique, through its simplicity and virtuosity.

A riveting, dark-hued work that casts a swarming, scurrying group of dancers, insect-like, in an eerily subterranean universe, Vancouver-born Crystal Pite’s Emergence explores the instinct for creating social forms through the movement. Emergence won four Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 2009.

The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary tour to Western Canada is sponsored by TD Bank Group. “TD is delighted to play a vital role in contributing to Canada’s culture by supporting The National Ballet of Canada and its performances in Western Canada,” said Alan Convery, National Manager Community Relations, TD Bank Group. “We believe it’s important to showcase the wealth of Canada’s artistic talent and to encourage an appreciation of the arts in our communities.”

the second detail & Other Dances & The Man in Black* & Emergence
September 15 – 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, Alberta
September 19 – 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Alberta
September 23 – 24 at 8:00 pm/September 29 at 2:00 pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia
September 27 – 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm, The Royal Theatre, Victoria, British Columbia
September 30, 2011at 7:30 pm, The Port Theatre, Nanaimo, British Columbia
October 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm, Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, Manitoba

* Company premiere

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



Emergence is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.

TD Bank Group is the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Western Canada Tour.

Air Canada is the Official Airline of the 2011 Western Canada Tour.

Performance Sponsor: London Drugs (September 24)

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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