Student Matinees

Student Matinees

$15 Student Matinee Tickets

For only $15 a ticket your students can experience the splendour of the ballet! We will help you incorporate ballet into the curriculum with a study guide for the ballet upon your purchase.

Reserve your seats by calling 416 (1 866) 345 9595.
Phone lines open at 11:00 am
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Schedule of performances:

Paquita, Apollo and The Sea Above, The Sky Below

Apollo

George Balanchine’s Apollo is one of the signal moments in both the choreographer’s oeuvre and in the legacy of cultural modernism. The famous collaboration between Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky produced some of ballet’s most legendary works, and perhaps none was as groundbreaking nor realized their aims of a neo-classical art form, as this 1928 ballet. The work almost singlehandedly established a new aesthetic that brought the language of classical ballet into a modern context, merging the past with the future in a way that would alter our conception of ballet forever.

An unabashed celebration of ballet’s virtuosic possibilities, Paquita revels in the dazzling panache, colour and period exoticism of 19th-century classicism. Originally created in 1846, but today performed in Marius Petipa’s version from 1881, the ballet—ostensibly a perfunctory story of a young gypsy girl who is really of royal birth—is less about narrative concerns than it is a breathtaking example of technique raised to the level of spectacle.

The National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic Associate Robert Binet has shown himself to be one of Canada’s most inventive and thoughtful dancemakers, an artist of wonderfully original physical imagination and thematic boldness. The Sea Above, The Sky Below is a captivatingly intricate pas de trois that delighted audiences when it was performed the MAD HOT BALLET Gala in 2017.

Thursday March 21, 2019
Recommended grades:  7 to 12

For more information on Paquita, Apollo and The Sea Above, The Sky Below click here.

The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow

A frothy blend of whimsical comedy, romance and the delights of the Parisian Belle Époque in all its effervescent splendor, The Merry Widow is popular ballet at its finest. Based on the 1905 operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow sets out to entertain and amuse at every step and never puts a foot wrong.

The story imagines a fictional Balkan principality, Pontevedro, which is on the brink of economic disaster. In an effort to prevent certain ruin, a charming but raffish Pontevedrian aristocrat, Count Danilo, is persuaded to woo and marry a rich and sophisticated widow, Hanna Glawari, before she can marry a foreigner. Amid the inevitable plot complications and madcap misunderstandings, we learn that Danilo and Hanna had been childhood sweethearts, before Danilo abandoned Hanna, who was then an innocent peasant girl.

Playful and insouciant, comically buoyant and a perennial crowd-pleaser, The Merry Widow was premiered by The Australian Ballet in 1975 and entered the repertoire of The National Ballet of Canada in 1986.

Thursday June 20, 2019
Recommended grades:  7 to 12

For more information on The Merry Widow click here.

Reserve your seats by calling 416 (1 866) 345 9595, beginning September 10, 2018.

Phone lines open at 11:00 am
Don't miss out!