2018 Wish List

2018 Wish List

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Ten exciting performances and initiatives you can support in 2018. Buy a ticket, make a donation or invite a friend.

Choreographic Workshop

Five Creations features the works of five choreographers developed through the Choreographic Workshop’s two-year process, January 18 – 19.

See Five Creations at the Betty Oliphant Theatre



Tour to Ottawa

For its annual appearance in the nation’s capital, the National Ballet returns to the National Arts Centre with three performances of Nijinsky, a ballet by John Neumeier, January 25 – 27.

See Nijinsky in Ottawa


A Dancer's Role: Rui Huang on The Dreamers Ever Leave You

Made in Canada

The Winter Season opens with a triple bill of ballets by some of the finest Canadian choreographers at work today: The Dreamers Ever Leave You by Robert Binet, The Four Seasons by James Kudelka and Emergence by Crystal Pite, February 28 – March 4.

See Made in Canada



The Sleeping Beauty

"A grand jewel in the The National Ballet of Canada's repertoire", The Sleeping Beauty by Rudolf Nureyev delights with classical virtuosity and dramatic flair, March 8 – 18.

Join us for The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty Trailer


Tour to San Francisco

For its third international appearance this season, the National Ballet presents Nijinsky in San Francisco, April 3 – 8.

Travel to San Francisco

Learn more about American Friends



National YOU dance Livestream

The National Ballet livestreams a YOU dance performance to classrooms coast to coast, with a goal of reaching 20,000 students, April 25.

Learn more about the Livestream


YOU dance Regent Park Residency

YOU dance Regent Park Residency

The National Ballet’s third Residency in Toronto’s Regent Park seeks to engage 1,200 students through movement workshops, creative workshops and performances, May 14 – 18.

Learn more about the Regent Park Residency


World Premiere: Frame by Frame

The National Ballet unveils Frame by Frame, “an homage from the digital age to Norman McLaren, to the analog world”, says Robert Lepage about his collaboration with Guillaume Côté based on the life and work of the ground-breaking animator, June 1 – 10.

See one of 11 performances

Frame by Frame Teaser


Company Premiere: Paz de la Jolla

The National Ballet performs Paz de la Jolla by Justin Peck, New York City Ballet's Resident Choreographer and dancer, along with The Man in Black by James Kudelka and Cacti by Alexander Ekman, 6 performances, June 16 – 22.

See Paz de la Jolla



The National Ballet’s annual fundraising gala returns for a celebration of the best in dance, with a goal of raising $1.3 million, June 13.

Save the date for this one night only event!

10 Things Donors Supported in 2017

Elena Lobasanova. Francesco Gabriele Frola and Svetlana Lunkina in Nijinsky. Guillaume Côté in Nijinsky. Apprentices at a YOU dance performance. Harrison James and Hannah Fischer with Artists of the Ballet rehearsing Paz de la Jolla. Photos and Images by Aleksandar Antonijevic, Karolina Kuras and Bruce Zinger.