Genus

& Tarantella
& Self and Soul
& The Concert

March 29—April 2, 2017

Genus

& Tarantella
& Self and Soul
& The Concert

March 29—April 2, 2017

About the Ballets

North American Premiere

Genus

The wonderfully fertile choreographic imagination of Wayne McGregor returns to The National Ballet of Canada with his 2007 work Genus. Inspired by Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and set to a score by Joby Talbot and Deru, Genus is choreographed for 24 dancers and features much of the intricate and rigorously conceived dance vocabulary— breathtaking extensions and undulations that seem to test the very boundaries of physical expression— that is the hallmark of Mr. McGregor’s work. Genus is contemporary dance at its most exhilarating.

Tarantella

George Balanchine admired this music composed by Louis Moreau Gottschalk for its wit and audacity and choreographed a pas de deux for Patricia McBride and Edward Villella — two virtuosic dancers — in 1964. In his Complete Stories of the Great Ballets, Balanchine wrote of the music, “It is a dazzling display piece, full of speed and high spirits. So, I hope, is the dance, which is ‘Neopolitan’ if you like and ‘demi-caractère.’”

Self and Soul

Self and Soul by Choreographic Associate Robert Binet was created for The Twelfth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize in 2016, set to music by A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

The Concert

Jerome Robbins’ The Concert is an uproarious comic jeu d’esprit centred on a group of concertgoers attending a Chopin piano recital. Inspired by the music, the concertgoers begin to fantasize scenarios of utterly shameless comic extravagance, all enacted by the dancers with appropriate gusto. Subtitled The Perils of Everybody, this is Robbins the populist at his best, the skillful entertainer who could wed brilliant choreography with slapstick panache and meld them into an unpretentious and lighthearted theatrical triumph.

“Sustains a breathless tension from the outset”
The Guardian

Inside the Studio with Genus

Genus View Gallery

Reviews

Genus

“Wildly ambitious in concept and execution” —The New York Times

“... the kinetic thrills and sensory overload of Genus leave you feeling that ballet, almost despite itself, is moving on” —The New York Times

 
The Concert

“A hilarious parody by living legend Jerome Robbins” —The Globe and Mail

“Robbins' The Concert...represents ballet comedy at its most inventive” —Toronto Star

“A witty, side-splitting romp through an imaginary front-of-house” —Toronto Sun

Running Time

  • Genus 45m
  • Intermission 25m
  • Tarantella 7m
  • Pause 2m
  • Self and Soul 9m
  • Pause 2m
  • The Concert 30m
  • Total (approx) 2h

Casting

Genus 
Jurgita DroninaKathryn Hosier, Tanya Howard, Harrison James, Svetlana Lunkina, Evan McKie, Chelsy Meiss, Félix Paquet, Robert Stephen, Donald Thom
(March 29, 30, 31 at 7:30 pm/April 1 at 2:00 pm)

Skylar Campbell, Jordana Daumec, Naoya Ebe, Hannah Fischer, Giorgio Galli, Greta Hodgkinson, Elena Lobsanova, Tina Pereira, Brendan Saye, Dylan Tedaldi
(March 30, April 2 at 2:00 pm/April 1 at 7:30 pm)

Tarantella 
Jillian Vanstone and Skylar Campbell
(March 29, 31 at 7:30 pm/April 2 at 2:00 pm) 
Rui Huang
and Dylan Tedaldi
(March 30, April 1 at 2:00 pm) 
Jurgita Dronina and Francesco Gabriele Frola
(March 30, April 1 at 7:30 pm) 

Self and Soul 
Calley Skalnik and Félix Paquet
(March 29, 31 at 7:30 pm/April 2 at 2:00 pm) 
Jenna Savella 
and Spencer Hack
(March 30, April 1 at 2:00 pm)
Emma Hawes and Brendan Saye
(March 30, April 1 at 7:30 pm) 

The Concert 
Hannah Fischer, Jonathan Renna, Greta Hodgkinson
Skylar Campbell, Brent Parolin, Ben Rudisin, Ethan Watts 
or Spencer Hack
Lise-Marie Jourdain, Tiffany Mosher, Jaclyn Oakley  

(March 29, 30, 31, April 1 at 7:30 pm) 

Emma Hawes, Piotr Stanczyk, Chelsy Meiss
Giorgio Galli, Brendan Saye, Robert Stephen, Ethan Watts 
or Spencer Hack
Jordana Daumec, Shaila D’Onofrio, Alexandra MacDonald  

(March 30, April 1, 2 at 2:00 pm) 

Further Reading

Genus - In Search of Origins

Running Time

  • Genus 45m
  • Intermission 25m
  • Tarantella 7m
  • Pause 2m
  • Self and Soul 9m
  • Pause 2m
  • The Concert 30m
  • Total (approx) 2h

Credits

Genus

Concept, Direction & Choreography:
Wayne McGregor

Staged by:
Antoine Vereecken

Music:
Joby Talbot, Deru

Set and Costume Design:
Vicki Mortimer

Lighting Design:
Lucy Carter, recreated by Simon Bennison

Video Design:
Ravi Deepres

Genus is made possible by a generous gift from Sandra Simpson and the support of The Producers' Circle.

Tarantella

Choreography:
George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Music:
Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Grand Tarentelle for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 67

Costume Design:
Karinska

World Premiere: New York City Center of Music and Drama, New York City Ballet, January 7, 1964
NBoC Premiere: Toronto, Ontario, March 29th 2017

The performances of Tarantella, 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.

Self and Soul

Choreography:
Robert Binet

Music:
Winged Victory for the Sullen, We Played Some Open Chords and Requiem for the Static King Part 1 from the album Winged Victory for the Sullen

Lighting Design:
Jeff Logue

The Concert

Choreography:
Jerome Robbins

Staged by:
Jean-Pierre Frohlich

Music:
Frédéric Chopin, orchestrated by Clare Grundman

Set Design:
Saul Steinberg

Costume Design:
Irene Sharaff

Lighting Design:
Jennifer Tipton

The Concert is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

Ballet Talks

The National Ballet invites you to attend the Genus & The Concert Ballet Talk 45 minutes before every show in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Enhance your experience and learn more about our productions from Lindsay Fischer, Artistic Director, YOU dance/Principal Ballet Master.

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