The National Ballet of Canada Opens Doors to The Gretchen Ross Production Centre

May 17, 2012

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The National Ballet of Canada Opens Doors to The Gretchen Ross Production Centre

FREE Tours,  May 26 & 27

May 17, 2012… The National Ballet of Canada invites the public for a rare opportunity to tour The Gretchen Ross Production Centre on Saturday, May 26, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Sunday, May 27, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm as part of Doors Open Toronto. Visitors are invited to see where sets for the National Ballet’s renowned productions are built as well as to meet the talented members of the company’s production team. Doors Open Toronto is a city-wide celebration of Toronto’s architectural heritage.

The Gretchen Ross Production Centre is a large facility (59,000 square feet) where all the National Ballet’s sets and props and built and maintained. The production centre also houses the National Ballet’s welding and wood-working areas, scene painting studio and props studio. As well, the sets and costumes for over 90 productions in the National Ballet’s repertoire are stored at the production centre.

The National Ballet acquired the building in 2010. The purchase and retrofitting was made possible with leadership gifts from Board Members Gretchen Ross and Jerry Lozinski, who named the Jerry and Joan Lozinski Carpentry Workshop, as well as the generous support from the Canada Cultural Spaces program of Canadian Heritage.

The National Ballet’s Summer Season opens with the North American premiere of Hamlet, June 1 to 10, and continues with a mixed programme of Chroma & Song of a Wayfarer & Elite Syncopations, June 13 to 17, 2012.

As this is an industrial space, flat, comfortable footwear is encouraged.

Venue: The Gretchen Ross Production Centre for
The National Ballet of Canada
155 Nantucket Boulevard
(Kennedy Avenue and Lawrence Avenue area)
Visit national.ballet.ca for a map and directions
to the production centre.

Dates:  Saturday, May 26, 2:00 to 5:00 pm and
Sunday, May 27, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Cost:    Free

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.

Thomson Reuters presents Hamlet.

The National Ballet of Canada is grateful to Mona & Harvey Levenstein for their generous support of Hamlet.

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

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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