Made in Canada

February 28—March 4, 2018

Made in Canada

February 28—March 4, 2018

About the Ballets

The Winter Season opens with a trio of ballets by some of the finest Canadian choreographers at work today. The Dreamers Ever Leave You is Robert Binet’s captivating response to the paintings of legendary Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris. Harris’ work is famous not just for distilling the austere beauty of Canada’s northern landscapes, but for conveying the deep, almost mystical power that those landscapes hold. In his ballet, Binet seeks to replicate that same spiritual energy through the controlled physicality of the human body.

James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons is one of the most fervently admired and broadly embraced masterpieces in the National Ballet’s contemporary repertoire. Set to Vivaldi’s famous sequence of violin concerti, the work traverses the full range of experience in a man’s life, from the freshness and innocence of Spring, to the exuberance of Summer, to the reflective melancholy of Autumn, to Winter’s stark intimations of mortality. The Four Seasons is a work of stunning emotional breadth and breathtaking choreographic invention.

Crystal Pite’s Emergence was the sensation of the season when it premiered with the National Ballet in 2009. Subsequent stagings have shown it has lost none of its power to provoke, startle and intrigue. The work posits the instinct for social organization found in the insect realm as a precise metaphor for human interaction and purpose, with swarms and waves of dancers recreating in a dimly-lit, subterranean hive the intricate forms and patterns of life that seem to unite both the natural and human-made worlds.

“Binet is more than a breath of fresh air in the ballet world; he’s like a blast of Novocain.”The Globe and Mail

The Dreamers Ever Leave You

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The Dreamers Ever Leave You

The Dreamers Ever Leave You is a thrilling, immersive ballet…a remarkable and moving experience.” —The Globe and Mail

The Dreamers Ever Leave You brings ballet closer to audiences than ever.” —Toronto Star

The Four Seasons

“Simply the greatest Canadian contemporary ballet. Everything – Kudelka’s marriage of choreographer, music and theme – is perfection.” —The Globe and Mail

“A masterpiece of our time… Only Mr. Kudelka can infuse passion into virtuosity in this way” —The New York Times


“A beautifully crafted, mysterious, impressionistic piece that captures the hidden world of insects, and can also stand as a metaphor for human existence.” —The Globe and Mail

“Pite's Emergence offers a contemplation of human and insect activities – the swarm as social group; the hive as home – and makes its points well” —Financial Times (UK)

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The Dreamers Ever Leave You

Concept and Choreography:
Robert Binet

Lubomyr Melnyk

Lighting Design:
Simon Rossiter

Costume Design:
Robyn Clarke

Originally co-produced by The National Ballet of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Lead philanthropic support for The Dreamers Ever Leave You is provided by The Producer's Circle.

The Four Seasons

James Kudelka, O.C.

Antonio Vivaldi

Costume Design:
TRAC COSTUME: Carmen Alie and Denis Lavoie

Lighting Design:
David Finn

Projections and Scenic Effects:
Chris Wise

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


Crystal Pite

Staged By:
Eric Beauchesne

Original Score:
Owen Belton

Set Design:
Jay Gower Taylor

Costume Design:
Linda Chow

Lighting Design:
Alan Brodie

Emergence is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.

Ballet Talks

The National Ballet invites you to attend the 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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