Repertoire 1950 - 1959

During The National Ballet of Canada’s 60 year history the number of productions in its repertoire has continued to grow at a steady pace. Traditional classics and contemporary ballets are both well represented in the repertoire, which consists of over 300 productions. The following list divided by decade represents a complete list of the National Ballet’s repertoire from its inception to present day. Please note that these ballets have been performed on numerous occasions and in multiple seasons, this list reflects only the premiere date of a new production.

YearPremiere DateBalletMusicChoreographerDesignerLighting Designer
1951/521951/11/12Les Sylphides Frédéric Chopin Michel Fokine James Pape 
1951/521951/11/12The Dance of Salomé James Hartley, orchestrated by Oscar Morawetz Celia Franca Robert Hall/ Gerald Budner 
1951/521951/11/12Pas de Deux from Giselle J.F. Burgmüller Jean CoralliJules Perrot   
1951/521951/11/12ÉtudePyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Kay Armstrong Kay Ambrose  
1951/521951/11/12Polovetsian Dances from Prince IgorAlexander Borodin Michel Fokine Suzanne Mess/ Alan Left 
1951/521951/12/10Pas de Deux from Don Quixote Ludwig Minkus Marius Petipa  
1951/521951/12/10Coppélia: Act II Léo Delibes Arthur Saint-Léon James Pape 
1951/521952/1/28Giselle: Act IIAdolphe Adam Jean CoralliJules Perrot Kay Ambrose  
1951/521952/1/28Ballet CompositeJohannes Brahms David Adams David Adams  
1951/521952/1/28Casse-Noisette: Act II Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Lev Ivanov Kay Ambrose  
1951/521952/4/21L'Après-midi d'un Faune Claude Debussy Celia Franca Kay Ambrose  
1951/521952/4/21Ballet Behind UsMiscellaneousDavid Adams Suzanne Mess 
1952/531952/10/27Coppélia (Two Acts)Léo Delibes Arthur Saint-Léon Kay Ambrose/ James Pape 
1952/531952/10/28Giselle Adolphe Adam,
edited and arranged by Godfrey Ridout
Jean CoralliJules Perrot Kay Ambrose  
1952/531952/10/30Le Pommier Hector Gratton Celia Franca Kay Ambrose  
1952/531953/1/22Lilac Garden Ernest Chausson Antony Tudor Kay Ambrose  
1953/541953/11/17Swan Lake: Act IIPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Marius Petipa/ Lev IvanovKay Ambrose  
1953/541953/11/18Gala Performance Sergei Prokofiev Antony Tudor Kay Ambrose  
1953/541953/11/24Dances from the Classics Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Marius Petipa/ Lev Ivanov Kay Ambrose  
1953/541953/12/1Dark of the Moon Louis Applebaum Joey Harris Kay Ambrose  
1954/551955/1/17Offenbach in the Underworld Jacques Offenbach, arranged by Harry Somers Antony Tudor Kay Ambrose  
1954/551955/1/19Swan Lake Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Marius Petipa/ Lev Ivanov, produced by Celia Franca Kay Ambrose  
1954/551955/6/13The Lady from the Sea Saul Honigman Elizabeth Leese Set: Jean de Belleval
Costume: Kay Ambrose 
1955/561955/11/15Dark Elegies Gustav MahlerAntony Tudor Kay Ambrose, after Nadia Benois 
1955/561955/11/19The Nutcracker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Celia Franca, after Lev IvanovKay Ambrose  
1956/571956/8/2Jeune Pas de Deux Grant Strate   
1956/571956/11/5Les Rendez-vousDaniel François AuberSir Frederick Ashton Kay Ambrose, after William Chappell 
1956/571956/11/5The Fisherman and His Soul Harry SomersGrant Strate Kay Ambrose  
1956/571956/11/5Post ScriptArthur MorrowBrian Macdonald  Ken Withers
1956/571956/11/6La LlamadaJulio GomezRay MollerJesus de Vilallonga  
1956/571956/11/6Pas de ChancePyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky David Adams Kay Ambrose  
1956/571956/11/6Giselle Adolphe Adam Jean CoralliJules Perrot, produced by Celia Franca Kay Ambrose  
1957/581957/7/23Dances from The Sleeping Beauty Pyotr Ilyich
after Marius PetipaKay Ambrose  
1957/581957/11/4Winter Night Sergei Rachmaninov Walter GoreKay Ambrose  
1957/581957/11/4Le CarnavalRobert Schumann, orchestrated by Oscar Morawetz Michel Fokine Kay Ambrose, after Léon Bakst  
1957/581957/11/5The WillowArthur Foote Grant Strate Michael Pittson 
1957/581957/11/5La FarrucaManuela d FallaRay Moller  
1958/591958/10/29BalladHarry SomersGrant Strate Mark Negin  
1958/591958/6/13CoppéliaLéo Delibes Celia Franca, after Arthur Saint-Léon Kay Ambrose  
1959/601959/11/3The MermaidMaurice Ravel Andrée Howard, in collaboration with Susan SalamanKay Ambrose, after Andrée Howard 
1959/601959/11/3Pineapple Poll Arthur Sullivan,
arranged by Charles Mackerras
John Cranko Osbert Lancaster 
1959/601959/11/4Death and the Maiden Franz Schubert Andrée Howard Andrée Howard 
1959/601959/11/4The Littlest One John Beckwith David Adams Cynthia MacLennan  
1959/601959/11/6Pas de Six David Adams  Kay Ambrose  
1959/601960/2/1Pas de Deux Romantique Frédéric Chopin, orchestrated by George CrumDavid Adams James Ronaldson