The National Ballet of Canada | Diamond Gala

June 6, 2012

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The National Ballet of Canada | Diamond Gala

$1.3 Million Fundraiser on June 20, 2012
Two World Premieres

June 5, 2012… The National Ballet of Canada’s Diamond Gala, the finale of the 60th anniversary season, is on June 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. One of Toronto’s most highly anticipated events, the gala will raise over $1.3 million for the National Ballet. This year, the annual fundraiser is Co-Chaired by Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan and is sponsored for the sixth year by CIBC.

The Diamond Gala begins with an hour-long performance of specially-selected short works chosen by Karen Kain to showcase the National Ballet’s acclaimed dancers.

Principal Dancers Xiao Nan Yu and Jiří Jelinek will dance a pas de deux from Amarant by Canadian choreographer and former National Ballet dancer Matjash Mrozewski.

The world premiere of Polar Night by Robert Binet, The Royal Ballet’s Choreographic Apprentice and a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School Graduate, features Principal Dancers Heather Ogden and Guillaume Côté. Polar Night was created especially for the Diamond Gala.

Mr. Côté will unveil his newest work Silence screams venom, which will be performed by Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson, First Soloists Keiichi Hirano, Patrick Lavoie and Corps de Ballet members Giorgio Galli and Christopher Stalzer.

Principal Dancers Aleksandar Antonijevic, who celebrates his 20th anniversary this season, and Sonia Rodriguez will dance a pas de deux from Herman Schmerman by William Forsythe.

The full company will perform an excerpt from Diamonds from Jewels by George Balanchine, featuring by Mr. Côté and Ms. Ogden.

Following the performances, all guests are invited to a special celebration featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the lobby. Gala guests take to the stage for a gourmet dinner by celebrity chef Mark McEwan, followed by an evening of dancing with the National Ballet artists.

Diamond Gala Lottery

Win one of five dazzling prizes including a pair of Rolex watches ($36,261 value), a Royal de Versailles diamond bracelet ($23,730), a week at Four Seasons Resort Nevis with airfare provided by Air Canada ($14,675), an Hermès Birkin handbag ($11,526) and $2,500 to spend at Bang & Olufsen. Lottery tickets are $50 each or 3 for $100. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 416 345 9595.

Tickets:
Diamond Gala Performance, Reception, Dinner & Dancing
Tables of 10: $25,000 and $15,000
Diamond Gala Ticket: $1,500

Diamond Gala Performance & Reception
$55 – $133 (including 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 at The National Ballet of Canada’s website.

Website: diamondgala.com

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.

Lead Sponsor: CIBC

“6 for 60” Diamond Table Sponsors:
Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan
Emmanuelle Gattuso & Allan Slaight
Joan & Jerry Lozinski
The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, O.C.
Sandra & Jim Pitblado
Anonymous

Media Sponsors: CTV and The Globe and Mail

Diamond Gala Lottery Licence number: 4672

The performance of Jewels, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced by arrangement with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.

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.

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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