Gala Performance

Hosted by Karen Kain, Artistic Director
Conducted by David Briskin, Music Director and Principal Conductor

The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra

Summer Pas de Deux, from The Four Seasons

Presented by an anonymous donor

Choreography: James Kudelka, O.C.
Music: Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Soloist: Aaron Schwebel
Lighting Design: David Finn
Costume Design: TRAC COSTUME: Carmen Alie and Denis Lavoie
Projections and Scenic Effects: Chris Wise
Répétiteur: Rex Harringtonn

Patrick Lavoie and Tanya Howard

World Premiere: The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto. February 12, 1997
The Four Seasons is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

Tanya Howard is sponsored through Dancers First by Nancy Pencer.

Act II Pas de Deux from Manon

Presented by

Eileen Farrow

Sales Representative



Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Jules Massenet, Orchestrated and Arranged by Martin Yates
Set and Costume Design: Peter Farmer
Lighting Design: Robert Thomson
Répétiteur: Magdalena Popa

Greta Hodgkinson and Harrison James

World Premiere: The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden London, United Kingdom, March 7, 1974.
The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: Toronto, May 2, 1996. Special thanks to The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation for supporting Manon. Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.



Dying Swan

Presented by Kerr FInancial Group



Choreography: after Mikhail Fokine
Music: Camille Saint-Saëns, Le Cygne from Le Carnaval des Animaux
Cello Soloist: Maurizio Baccante Piano: Andrei Streliaev Lighting Design: Jeff Logue

Svetlana Lunkina

World Premiere: December 22, 1905; St. Petersburg, Russia
The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: Toronto, February 8, 1980



The Wild Space Between Two Hearts

Presented by Linda and Kevin O'Leary

Choreography: Robert Binet
Music: Hilary Hahn and Hauschka, "Rift"
By arrangement with Universal Music Canada and with G. Schirmer, INC., publisher and copyright owner.
Lighting Design: Jeff Logue
Costume Design: Robyn Clarke
Répétiteur: Mandy-Jayne Richardson

Hannah Fischer and Ethan Watts

World Premiere: The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, March 24th, 2015.
Originally commissioned for The Eleventh International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize.
The Eleventh International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize was presented by John and Claudine Bailey.

Hannah Fischer is sponsored through Dancers First by Judy & Bella Matthews.
Ethan Watts is sponsored through Dancers First by Robbie Pryde.



Méditation from Thaïs

Presented by


Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton
Staged by: Evelyn Hart
Music: Jules Massenet, Méditation from Thaïs
Violin Soloist: Aaron Schwebel
Costume Design: Anthony Dowell
Lighting Design: Jeff Logue

Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk

World Premiere:
The Royal Ballet, London, England, March 21, 1971
The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: Toronto, June 17, 2015
Sonia Rodriguez is sponsored through Dancers First by Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin in celebration of her 25th Anniversary year.



Carousel (A Dance)

Presented by Sarah & David Macdonald

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Staged by: Jacquelin Barrett and Jason Fowler
Music: Richard Rodgers orchestrated and arranged by William David Brohn
Carousel Waltz and If I Loved You from Carousel, 1945
Used by Special Arrangement with The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization
Costume Design: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley
Répétiteurs: Lindsay Fischer and Mandy-Jayne Richardson

Jillian Vanstone     Harrison James

Artists of the Ballet

World Premiere: November 26, 2002; New York City Ballet, New York State Theater, Lincoln Center
The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: Toronto, March 4, 2015
Jillian Vanstone is sponsored through Dancers First by George & Kathy Dembroski.






Please note: Repertoire, order and casting are subject to change.