Ratmansky & Côté

May 30—June 6, 2015

Ratmansky & Côté

May 30—June 6, 2015

About the Ballets

New! Symphony #9 and Piano Concerto #1

Recognized as one of the most versatile and artistically wide-ranging of contemporary choreographers, Alexei Ratmansky has always maintained a deep and abiding connection to the cultural climate and traditions of his native Russia. In his Shostakovich Trilogy (of which, Symphony #9 and Piano Concerto #1 will be included in this programme), he turns to the towering musical figure of the ballet’s title and explores through three key works the conflicting dualities of art and politics, imaginative freedom and responsibility, that shaped much of the composer’s life.

New! Being and Nothingness

Guillaume Côté’s Being and Nothingness is a reflection in dance of a key theme in Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential philosophy. Using the mesmeric repetitions of Philip Glass and a variety of subtly deployed choreographic strategies, Côté explores the shifting moments of consciousness that shape the nature of human identity constructed against the horizon of non-being.

Being and Nothingness (Part I) Trailer

“Being and Nothingness (Part 1)... a riveting solo” National Post

Ratmansky & Côté View Gallery

Reviews

Symphony #9 and Piano Concerto #1​ 

“A masterpiece” —The San Francisco Chronicle

“Fascinating, poetic, enigmatic and bittersweet… powerfully charged” —The New York Times

Being and Nothingness (Part 1) 

“Côté has crafted a riveting seven-minute solo for Greta Hodgkinson, in which she appears to be battling some powerful inner demons.” —National Post 

“Côté was able to provoke a thoughtful expression of the inner struggle that lies at the heart of our desire to exercise our free will.” —Elle Canada 

Running Time

  • Symphony #9 30m
  • Intermission 15m
  • Being and Nothingness 45m
  • Piano Concerto #1 30m
  • Total (approx) 2h

Running Time

  • Symphony #9 30m
  • Intermission 15m
  • Being and Nothingness 45m
  • Piano Concerto #1 30m
  • Total (approx) 2h

Credits

Symphony #9

Choreographer:
Alexei Ratmansky

Staged by:
Katita Waldo

Music:
Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony #9
By arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.

Set Design:
George Tsypin

Costume Design:
Keso Dekker

Lighting Design:
Jennifer Tipton, Recreated by John Torres

Being and Nothingness

Choreography:
Guillaume Côté

Music:
Philip Glass

Set Design:
Michael Levine

Lighting Design:
David Finn

Costume Design:
pretty, fancy by Krista Dowson

Piano Concerto #1

Choreographer:
Alexei Ratmansky

Staged by:
Felipe Diaz

Music:
Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Concerto #1
By arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.

Set Design:
George Tsypin

Costume Design:
Keso Dekker

Lighting Design:
Jennifer Tipton, Recreated by John Torres

Lead philanthropic support for Shostakovich Trilogy (Parts 1 and 3) is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Producers’ Circle.

Lead philanthropic support for Being and Nothingness is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers' Circle: John & Claudine Bailey, David Binet, Susanne Boyce & 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, Judith & Robert Lawrie, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Joan & Jerry Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lynda & Jonas Prince, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C., Sandra L. Simpson and Noreen Taylor & David Staines, O.C.

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Top image credit: Greta Hodgkinson in Being and Nothingness (Part 1). Photo by Bruce Zinger.