by John Coulbourn
Artistic Director Karen Kain
revealed the 2020/21 season on February 13. Over her tenure, Kain has introduced enthralled audiences with thrilling and innovative creations, exciting new artists and breathtaking dancers and this season promises to be a stunner!
To launch the 2020/21 season, Kain has invited San Francisco Ballet
— America’s oldest professional ballet company and one of “a triumvirate of great classical companies defining the American style,” according to The Observer’s Luke Jennings.
San Francisco Ballet will present a programme that includes choreographer Justin Peck
’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
(a contemporary reimagining of Aaron Copland
’s American classic, Rodeo
) as well as Christopher Wheeldon
’s Bound To
and Alexei Ratmansky
’s The Seasons
, a recreation of a lost ballet from Marius Petipa
. Wheeldon will be best remembered by Toronto audiences as the creative force behind Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
and The Winter's Tale
, while Ratmansky created the company’s acclaimed version of Romeo and Juliet
Then, things take a literary twist. Already known worldwide as a choreographic juggernaut, the multi-award-winning Wayne McGregor
, creator of Chroma
, will collaborate with one of the world’s greatest living writers,
, a dance triptych based on Atwood’s hugely popular novel trilogy, Oryx and Crake
, The Year of the Flood
makes its world premiere in November 2020. Atwood will serve as creative consultant to McGregor and his team, which includes composer Max Richter who will supply original music for the project. MADDADDAM
is the third co-production between The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet
For McGregor, who created Woolf Works in 2015 inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, there is a very real connection between writing and dance. “I think there are a lot of interesting things around this notion of authorship and writing because if you think about it, choreography is an act of writing; it's an act of writing with the body,” said McGregor.
Following close on the heels of MADDADDAM
, James Kudelka
’s opulent and delightful retelling of The Nutcracker
takes over the stage of the Four Seasons Centre for a Yuletide run. Still rich with all the potent magic of Christmas, The Nutcracker
celebrates its 25th anniversary as a Toronto holiday favourite.
June will see the North American premiere of Victoria
, choreographer Cathy Marston
’s full-length ballet inspired by the life of Queen Victoria and told through the eyes of her youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice. A co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and Northern Ballet
features original music by Philip Feeney
and received praise for its world premiere in the UK in 2019.
The National Ballet of Canada’s 2020/21 Season