Choreographic Workshop

Choreographic Workshop

2019 Choreographic Workshop Open Call

The National Ballet of Canada’s 2019/20 Choreographic Workshop is the first under CreativAction, a new initiative to share the company’s resources, develop Canadian choreographic talent and support the Toronto dance community.

A platform that provides National Ballet dancers and independent choreographers the opportunity to create works in collaboration with the company’s artists, music and production staff, within the National Ballet’s facilities, the 2019/20 Choreographic Workshop will offer a unique opportunity for National Ballet and Toronto-based choreographers.

The National Ballet's 2019/20 Fall Season features contemporary new work and classical masterpieces. In conjunction with the upcoming season, the Choreographic Workshop will commission seven new solos (3 – 8 minutes in length) inspired by to the two oldest works being presented this Fall: Giselle and Etudes. Choreographers participating in the workshop can select to create a new work in response to either ballet, or find stimulus in one of the many themes in either work – such as betrayal, forgiveness, mental illness or the afterlife in Giselle. Alternatively, choreographers may also choose to respond to the structural themes of Etudes; a ballet about the progression of a dancer’s technique, the structure of training and geometric rigour.

Selected choreographers will collaborate with The National Ballet of Canada company dancers to create new solo works and receive guidance from workshop mentors, as well as receive a $1,000.00 honorarium.

The solos will be presented at The Walter Carsen Centre for The National Ballet of Canada on November 19, 2019.

Application Process

Complete applications will include:

  • CV
  • A letter of intent outlining why you are interested in collaborating with the National Ballet’s dancers and what ideas you are interested in exploring in relation to either Etudes or Giselle (maximum 500 words)
  • Links to videos of two recent works totalling no more than 10 minutes. Note: you may indicate the timecode from where you would like the committee to begin watching

Videos of Giselle and Etudes are widely available on YouTube. Please contact for additional support.

Applications must be e-mailed to with “Choreographic Workshop Application” as the subject line, before June 3, 2019. Short-listed choreographers will be contacted for interviews in person or by phone with selected choreographers notified by June 17, 2019.

The National Ballet of Canada invites choreographers based in the Greater Toronto Area and working across all forms of dance to apply.

Please note: choreographers must be available between either July 22 – August 2, 2019 or August 5 – 16, 2019 to create a solo, for approximately five days (exact dates to be discussed and confirmed during the selection process). Choreographers must also have availability in October and November 2019 for final rehearsals, including November 18 – 19, 2019 for technical rehearsals and the performance.

The National Ballet of Canada is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and encourages applications from gender non-conforming/trans, LGBTQ+, visible minorities and indigenous artists.