2020/21 Season
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 and Genus, will collaborate with one of the world’s greatest living writers,
Margaret Atwood. MADDADDAM, a dance triptych based on Atwood’s hugely popular novel trilogy, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam 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 (UK).
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.
In March 2021, Kain offers up a welcome reprise to three of the most exciting new full-length works that have entered the company’s repertoire during her tenure as Artistic Director. It will begin with John Neumeier’s gritty balletic take on Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, A Streetcar Named Desire, set in a starkly sensuous French quarter of New Orleans with music by Sergei Prokofiev and Alfred Schnittke. It will be followed by a revisiting of Kain’s new version of Swan Lake. Frame by Frame, the much-lauded collaborative, multidisciplinary examination of the life and career of Canadian film legend, Norman McLaren, created by theatre artist Robert Lepage and choreographer/dancer Guillaume Côté, rounds out the Winter Season.
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 (UK), Victoria features original music by Philip Feeney and received praise for its world premiere in the UK in 2019.
The 2020/21 season wraps up with a reunion of two ballets greats — George Balanchine and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as Kain offers her audience a look at three classics in which the work of composer and choreographer come together to create dance magic  — Serenade, Mozartiana and Diamonds (from Jewels).
The National Ballet of Canada’s 2020/21 Season
Fall Season 
Toronto Debut
San Francisco Ballet, November 11 – 15, 2020
Five Things About San Francisco Ballet
World Premiere
MADDADDAM, A Ballet by Wayne McGregor, November 21 – 29, 2020
Holiday Season
25 Magical Years
The Nutcracker, December 10 – 31, 2020
The Nutcracker Synopsis
Nutcracker by the Numbers
Winter Season
A Streetcar Named Desire, March 3 – 7, 2021
March Break
Swan Lake, March 13 – 20, 2021
Frame by Frame, March 24 – 28, 2021
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Summer Season
North American Premiere
Victoria, June 5 – 12, 2021
Victoria Synopsis
Balanchine & Tchaikovsky, June 18 – 24, 2021


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