The National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic Workshop is a platform that provides company 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 workshop is part of CreativAction, an initiative to share the company’s resources, develop Canadian choreographic talent and support the Toronto dance community.
Last season, National Ballet dancers Elena Lobsanova, Joe Chapman, Nicholas Rose, Kota Sato, Thomas Leprohon and independent choreographers Lucy Rupert and Kalaisan Kalaichelvan developed work through the Choreographic Workshop. During lockdown this spring, Mr. Sato and Mr. Chapman reimagined their creations for film.
Trio Sonata by Kota Sato
Second Soloist Kota Sato created Trio Sonata for Corps de Ballet member Alexander Skinner, set to music by Antonio Vivaldi. During lockdown, Mr. Sato and Mr. Skinner created a digital version to share with you. The video was shot by Mr. Skinner’s sister on location in their hometown of Ottawa and edited by Mr. Sato.
Learn more about this new work in this interview with Mr. Sato and Mr. Skinner, led by Choreographic Associate Robert Binet.
Time Again by Joe Chapman
Second Soloist Joe Chapman created Time Again for Second Soloist Hannah Galway with music by Joep Beving. Mr. Chapman since reimagined his creation for film which he shot (and edited) himself at two locations, Ms. Galway’s hometown of Comox, B.C. and Toronto’s Financial District.
Go behind the scenes in the creation of Time Again. Watch this interview with Mr. Chapman and Ms. Galway, led by Choreographic Associate Robert Binet.