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 cancelled all remaining performances in the 2019/20 season. The world premiere of Swan Lake, planned for June 2020, has been rescheduled to 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 necessitated 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.

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We 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 have chosen 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 we also want to extend our admiration and deep gratitude to the healthcare and essential workers on the front line of this pandemic.

We will get through this together.
Artistic Director, Karen Kain, C.C.
Executive Director, Barry Hughson

If you are able, please consider making a special gift at this critical time. An anonymous donor is matching all donation up to $150,000 if made before May 31.

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Our dancers may not be able to rehearse or perform during this time but each week they are coming to you LIVE from their homes, teaching ballet and workout classes, hosting Q&A’s, bake-alongs, improvising choreography in their gardens and more!

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