Karen Kain and Barry Hughson

A Message to Our Community

The National Ballet of Canada, along with the global community, has faced extraordinary challenges due to COVID-19. We are all in unchartered territory. The safety and health of our artists, staff, patrons and community is our foremost priority. In accordance with government orders and public health guidance, the National Ballet has cancelled all June performances. The world premiere of Swan Lake will take place in June 2021. In addition, a special Karen Kain 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala planned for June 9 has been cancelled and rescheduled to November 24, 2020. These unprecedented circumstances have also required us to make changes to the 2020/21 season including the postponement of the company’s appearance at the Royal Opera House in London, the world premiere of Wayne McGregor’s MADDADDAM (rescheduled to November 2021), the North American premiere of Cathy Marston’s Victoria (rescheduled to June 2022) and the guest appearance by San Francisco Ballet.

These are challenging times for all of us but with the support of our patrons, staff and artists, the National Ballet will weather this storm and return to the stage stronger than ever, when it is safe to do so.

Executive Director, Barry Hughson

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. These last few weeks have been very difficult for everyone and it is heartbreaking to have to cancel work that so much effort has gone into. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the outpouring of support the company has received during this time and to thank our patrons and subscribers, many of whom are choosing to donate or exchange their tickets rather than ask for a refund, our donor community for their unwavering commitment, our staff who have been working tirelessly during this crisis and our wonderful dancers and musicians who are staying strong and helping us connect to our audiences online. On behalf of the entire company I also want to extend our admiration and deep gratitude to the healthcare workers on the front line of this pandemic. We will get through this together.         

Artistic Director, Karen Kain, C.C.              

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Jillian Vanstone in rehearsal

Dancer Update

The National Ballet of Canada’s dancers may not be able to rehearse in the studio during this time but we are in constant communication with them. Our staff, led by Associate Artistic Director Christopher Stowell, is providing information and support for their well-being and ongoing conditioning.

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Guillaume Cote and Elena Lobsanova in Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake Ticket Holders

All ticket holders for the cancelled performances of Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake have been sent an email outlining several ticketing options. The email includes a link to a form for you to select the best option for you. Please check your inbox and fill out the form – your selection will link directly back to your account and assists our Audience and Donor Services department to process your request accurately and in a timely manner. If you did not receive an email, please see our Ticket Holders page here. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through the many requests.

Contact us at info@national.ballet.ca or 416 345 9595

All In Studio classes and events have also been canceled until further notice. Visit national.ballet.ca/explore/in-studio for updates.

Jenna Savella and Artists of the Ballet

2020/21 Subscription Renewal

Our theatres may be dark to keep our audiences and artists safe but we are looking forward to brighter times when we can share the beauty of ballet with you once again. In that light, we wanted to let you know we are here (working remotely!) to assist you with your subscription renewal or purchase for the 2020/21 season.

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Call 416 345 9595
Please note, that our phone room is open but operating on reduced hours.

Donor Events

We have made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone all remaining donor events for the 2019/20 season. In the meantime, we are working on plans to provide connection and continuity using digital platforms to show you the impact of your donation. While we will be unable to take you into our studios, it is our hope to enrich people’s hearts and minds online and we look forward to engaging with you. 

Please visit the event page for your donor programme for more detailed information on changes to upcoming events: Friends' Corps >
Patrons' Council >
Turnout >

Thank you for your passion and dedication as a valued member of our donor family. Your support means everything to us.

Artists of the Ballet

Ballet Moments

To lift your spirits in this time of social distancing, enjoy some beautiful ballet moments.

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