The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th Anniversary Season Ends with Surplus

October 26, 2012

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The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th Anniversary Season Ends with Surplus


2011 Annual General Meeting

October 25, 2012… The National Ballet of Canada announced today that the 60th anniversary season in 2011/12 closed with a surplus of $154,000. The Annual General Meeting was held today at 1:00 pm at The Walter Carsen Centre for The National Ballet of Canada in Toronto.

David Binet, who completed his first year as Board Chair of The National Ballet of Canada, today reported that the company earned revenues of $29,184,000 with expenses at $29,030,000 resulting in a surplus of $154,000. “That the National Ballet had such a successful 60th anniversary year is a tribute, first of all, to its Artistic Director Karen Kain, whose artistic leadership and vision give the company its dynamism, profile and distinctive style. In the response of our audiences, night after night, you could sense the fruits of that leadership and now, with the company about to head out on its most extensive international touring season in decades, audiences abroad will know that same experience,” said Mr. Binet.

Kevin Garland, Executive Director, remarked on the great success of the 60th anniversary season.“Celebrations for our 60th anniversary said a great deal about the National Ballet as a company – who we are, what we represent and where our future lies. Each of last year’s productions displayed an organization confident in its artistry, respectful of its history, yet willing to take risks and explore new imaginative terrain, including our new Romeo and Juliet which was the creative highlight of the season. The 60th anniversary season also had a record-breaking fundraising year, raising over $9 million, through the generous support of our donors.”

“I want to thank every member of the company and our Board of Directors, especially our Chair, David Binet, for their hard work, optimism, imagination, good humour and willingness to allow us to take artistic risks,” continued Ms. Garland. “As we move forward from our landmark 60th anniversary, we do so with a sense of pride in our past accomplishments and excitement and anticipation of what we will do tomorrow.”

The National Ballet of Canada also announced that The National Ballet of Canada, Endowment Foundation has grown to over $40 million through the generosity of our donors and the matching funds received from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Endowment Incentive component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund. The Foundation has now received a total of $10 million, the maximum contribution, from the federal government through this highly successful matching programme.

The company had 454 performances and outreach events in the 2011/12 season with a total attendance of 317,867. There were 82 performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts with 142,833 in attendance and 357 community events reaching 155,378 young people and their families. The company toured to Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Winnipeg and Ottawa performing for 19,656 people. YOU dance, the company’s youth outreach programme, brought ballet to the communities of Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and North Bay reaching 8,583 students.

Karen Kain, Artistic Director, commented on the artistic triumphs of the 60th anniversary season. “The year was highlighted by several outstanding successes, the foremost being our stunning new production of Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky. It brought out the best in our entire company and audiences and critics both responded to the artistry of Alexei’s vision and our dancers’ performances. The making of the ballet was captured in the film, Romeos & Juliets, commissioned by the CBC. Cherished favourites such as La Fille mal gardée, The Sleeping Beauty and Elite Syncopations interwoven with exciting contemporary works such as The Seagull, Hamlet, The Man in Black and Chroma were enthusiastically welcomed by audiences, demonstrating their eagerness to accompany us on our continuing journey of artistic discovery. While offstage, The Tutu Project, sponsored by The Volunteer Committee and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, attracted considerable attention as it toured community events in the city before culminating in an exhibit at the Design Exchange. Our orchestra displayed the full flowering of their artistry with a glorious concert at Koerner Hall, conducted by David Briskin.”

“Finally, I want to say thank you to everyone involved in making the 60th anniversary season such a success, from our dancers and musicians to our Board, donors and volunteers, our administrative staff, wardrobe and production personnel and our Executive Director Kevin Garland,” continued Ms. Kain. “Every facet of the National Ballet’s operation is an integral one, and I am confident that the level of commitment they brought to the past year will carry us forward to even greater artistic heights in the future.”

The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada, our partners for 60 years, sponsored the 60th anniversary season. Under President Geneviève McKillop, the committee continues to raise money for the vital Build-a-Ballet Fund, which has paid for 48 new ballets since 1976.

Mr. Binet, Kevin Garland and Karen Kain welcomed new board members Victoria Jackman, Executive Director, The Hal Jackman Foundation, Donna Meyers, Senior Vice President & Head of Risk for RBC Wealth Management, Group Risk Management, Royal Bank of Canada, Robbie J. Pryde, Vice Chair and Executive Vice President, Head of Equities, TD Securities, Greta Hodgkinson (Dancers’ Representative) and Maurizio Baccante (Musicians’ Representative).

The company acknowledged and thanked retiring members Jason Dehni, Vice President, International Wealth Management, International Wealth Distribution & Pensions, Scotiabank, Susan Harris, President & CEO, Executive Coaching Associates, Karen Leggett, Senior Vice President, Cards and Payment Solutions, RBC Royal Bank, Etienne Lavigne (Dancers’ Representative) and Maria Pelletier (Musicians’ Representative).

Gold service pins are awarded yearly to employees of The National Ballet of Canada who have been with the company for 20 years. Ms. Kain awarded long service pins to Violin Sheldon Grabke, Violin Xiao Grabke, Flute Maria Pelletier, Senior Manager of Education and Archives Sharon Vanderlinde and Assistant to the Artistic Director/Project Manager Joanna Ivey. Recognized for milestone anniversaries were Assistant to the Music Director Jean Verch for 50 years of service and Principal Artistic Coach Magdalena Popa for 30 years with the company. Property Master Neil Fennell, who retired at the end of the 2011/12 season, was also recognized for his 49 years with the National Ballet.

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; and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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