Company Premiere

Paz de la Jolla & Dark Angels
with Cacti

June 16—22, 2018

Company Premiere

Paz de la Jolla & Dark Angels
with Cacti

June 16—22, 2018

About the Ballets

In his 2013 work Paz de la Jolla, New York City Ballet dancer and Resident Choreographer Justin Peck has created a heartfelt and sun-washed homage to his southern California upbringing. Set to Martinů’s Sinfonietta la Jolla, the ballet is a gorgeously conceived, sweet-natured billet-doux to beach life and young love, the choreography both brisk and languid, salty and sensual, rich in emotional undercurrents and evocative of the pleasures and fears of youth and coming of age.

As a Choreographic Associate with the National Ballet, Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté has very quickly shaped a body of work notable for both its artistic ambition and its thematic intricacy. In Dark Angels, Mr. Côté has teamed up again with composer Kevin Lau (who composed the score for Mr. Côté’s captivating Le Petit Prince) to create a work commissioned by the National Arts Centre for ENCOUNT3RS, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman has earned a well-deserved international reputation for creating genre-breaking, unsettling ballets that question both the nature of dance and the meaning of performance. Cacti, which premiered with the National Ballet in 2016, is quintessential Ekman, a quick-paced, wickedly ironic and multiform work that satirizes the ponderousness and silliness of some contemporary dance and the often fatuous critical response to it.

“After the triumph of his Year of the Rabbit in October, expectations soared like a kite on an updraft. [Paz de la Jolla] did not disappoint. [Mr. Peck]’s still flying.” The New York Times

Cacti Trailer

Paz de la Jolla View Gallery

Reviews

Paz de la Jolla

“Peck once again shows his skill with structure, group geometries, detailed ballet phrasing, and showcasing his peers to great advantage” —Dance Magazine

Paz de la Jolla is an immensely pleasing and satisfying ballet.” —DanceTabs

Cacti

Cacti is a delight: witty, effervescent, playful, surreal and joyously physical.” —The Australian

“Genuinely stunning choreography, clever stage design, a live string quartet and lashings of self-aware irony.” —Time Out Australia

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Credits

Paz de la Jolla

Choreography:
Justin Peck

Staged By:
Christopher Tworzyanski

Music:
Bohuslav Martinů

Costume Design:
Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung

Lighting Design:
Mark Stanley

Lead philanthropic support for Paz de la Jolla is provided by The Producers’ Circle.

Dark Angels

Choreography:
Guillaume Côté

Music:
Kevin Lau

Set Design:
Yannick Larivée

Costume Design:
Christopher Read

Lighting Design:
Jock Munro

Dark Angels is a co-production with Canada’s National Arts Centre, supported by the NAC’s Creation Campaign.

Cacti

Choreography:
Alexander Ekman

Staged By:
Nina Botkay

Music:
Joseph Haydn, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Andy Stein & Gustav Mahler

Set Design:
Alexandar Ekman and Thomas Visser

Costume Design:
Alexandar Ekman

Lighting Design:
Thomas Visser

Text:
Spenser Theberge

Cacti is a co-production between The National Ballet of Canada, Boston Ballet and Atlanta Ballet.

Lead philanthropic support for Cacti is made possible by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Producers’ Circle.

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