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2018/19 Season Features North American Premiere of Anna Karenina

February 13, 2018

North American Premiere of Anna Karenina
Tour to Germany
Two Company Premieres by William Forsythe

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the 2018/19 season featuring the North American premiere of Anna Karenina choreographed by John Neumeier. Based on Leo Tolstoy’s great masterwork, Anna Karenina is the first co-production between the National Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet and opens the 2018/19 season on November 10, 2018.

It’s always a special thrill to welcome a new full-length story ballet into the repertoire. That the new ballet is by a choreographer as gifted and imaginative as John Neumeier only enhances that thrill” said Ms. Kain. “Those of you who experienced Nijinsky or A Streetcar Named Desire will understand how excited the company is to present the North American premiere of John’s adaptation of Anna Karenina.”

The National Ballet will tour to Hamburg, Germany with an all-Canadian programme of James Kudelka’s The Man in Black, Emergence by Crystal Pite and The Dreamers Ever Leave You by Choreographic Associate Robert Binet, July 3 – 4, 2018. The company is continuing its mandate to showcase the company’s artists and repertoire on the world stage. Recent tours have included appearances in Paris, London, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, as well as an upcoming tour to San Francisco.

The 2018/19 season features two company premieres by the always provocative William Forsythe, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Approximate Sonata 2016. The works will be presented with The Second Detail on an all Forsythe programme titled Physical Thinking, June 1 – 8, 2019.

The Merry Widow returns after a 10-year absence June 19 – 23, 2019. Principal Dancer Xiao Nan Yu will retire at the end of the 2018/19 season after 22 years of brilliant performances with the company and will bid farewell with one of her signature roles, Hanna Glawari.

The National Ballet will present Frederick Ashton’s The Dream in a programme with Being and Nothingness by Choreographic Associate and Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté in November 2018. James Kudelka’s version of the perennial classic, The Nutcracker, returns in December 2018. In March 2019, the Toronto Winter Season features Christopher Wheeldon’s spectacular Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and George Balanchine’s Apollo, Paquita and Robert Binet’s The Sea Above, The Sky Below.

The National Ballet will perform Paz de la Jolla with The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra in the fourth Fall for Dance North Festival, October 2018 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

The company’s annual appearance at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, January 31 – February 2, 2019 will feature Paz de la Jolla & Apollo & The Dream.

The National Ballet of Canada’s 2018/19 Season

Touring
The Dreamers Ever Leave You & The Man in Black & Emergence
July 3 – 4, 2018, Großes Haus, Hamburg, Germany

Paz de la Jolla & Apollo & The Dream
January 31 – February 2, 2019, National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Fall for Dance North Festival
Paz de la Jolla
October 2018, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto

Fall Season
Anna Karenina North American Premiere
A Ballet by John Neumeier
November 10 – 18, 2018
Inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s great prose masterwork, John Neumeier has adapted Anna Karenina in a two-act ballet set in present day rather than the 19th century, with music by Tchaikovsky, Alfred Schnittke and Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam. The work of a great literary artist meeting the imagination of a great interpretive choreographer, Anna Karenina is an unforgettable ballet experience.

Being and Nothingness & The Dream
November 21 – 25, 2018
Choreographic Associate and Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté’s Being and Nothingness, is inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s landmark philosophical work of the same name. Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is one of the most universally admired ballet adaptations of the playwright’s work.

Holiday Season
The Nutcracker
December 8 – 30, 2018
The beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Kudelka, with sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by Jennifer Tipton, sold out for the past three seasons and returns for 26 performances in 2018.

Winter Season
Paquita & Apollo & The Sea Above, The Sky Below
March 1 – 3 and 20 – 21, 2019
Originally created in 1846, Paquita dazzles with the panache and exoticism of 19th-century classicism and is a breathtaking example of technique. George Balanchine’s 1928 ballet, Apollo, 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 the conception of ballet forever. Choreographic Associate Robert Binet’s pas de trois The Sea Above, The Sky Below captivated audiences when it was performed at the 2017 MAD HOT BALLET Gala.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
March 7 – 17, 2019
Few children’s texts are as unique and have left such an imprint on the culture as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Christopher Wheeldon brings his distinctive and imaginative sensibility to the work, creating a theatrical celebration like no other, with score by Joby Talbot, designs by Bob Crowley and lighting by Natasha Katz.

The Thirteenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize
March 23, 2019
See the future stars of ballet in one night! Dancers from companies around the world compete, performing classical and contemporary works.

Summer Season
Physical Thinking Two Company Premieres
William Forsythe Programme

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude & Approximate Sonata 2016 & The Second Detail
June 1 – 8, 2019
William Forsythe, provocateur, poet and master of anarchic beauty, has extended the reach of modern dance as few other contemporary choreographers have done. The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude is a short, but fiercely demanding work created in 1996, demonstrating the bracing excitement of pure classical technique. Approximate Sonata 2016 is more subdued Forsythe, a reflective assemblage of pas de deux, set to a hushed, minimalist piano score by Thom Willems. The Second Detail, an astonishing work that was created for The National Ballet of Canada in 1991, is in many ways quintessential Forsythe – slyly mischievous, athletic and, above all, exhilarating.

MAD HOT BALLET Gala
June 12, 2019

The Merry Widow
June 19 – 23, 2019
A frothy blend of comedy, romance and the delights of the Parisian Belle Époque in all its splendor, The Merry Widow entertains at every step. Based on the 1905 operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow, premiered by The Australian Ballet in 1975 and entered the repertoire of The National Ballet of Canada in 1986.

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto

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Karen Kain Annouces 2018/19 Season >
2018/19 Season Teaser >
2018/19 Season Information >
2018/19 Season Media Kit >
2018/19 Season Brochure >

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The National Ballet of Canada’s Performances in Hamburg are generously supported by Gretchen Ross & Donald Ross, O.C.

Lead philanthropic support for The Dreamers Ever Leave You is provided by The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.
The Man in Black and Emergence are generously supported by Gail Hutchison.

Lead philanthropic support for Paz de la Jolla is provided by The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

BMO presents Anna Karenina.

Anna Karenina is a co-production between The National Ballet of Canada, The Hamburg Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet.

Lead philanthropic support for Anna Karenina is generously provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey and Tim & Frances Price, with additional support from The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada, The Producers’ Circle and Warren Sorensen in memory of Gregory Williams.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Judith & Robert Lawrie, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry & Joan Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lynda & Jonas Prince, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C. and Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan.

Lead philanthropic support for Being and Nothingness is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

TD Bank Group presents The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lawrence & Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.

The company’s Canadian tours are made possible with the generous support of The John and Margaret Bahen Fund of The National Ballet of Canada, Endowment Foundation.

Apollo is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

Lead philanthropic support for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet with additional support generously provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey, Robert & Judith Lawrie and Wallace & Margaret McCain, C.C.
The Thirteenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize is presented by John and Claudine Bailey.

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Approximate Sonata 2016 are generously supported by The Producers’ Circle.

The Second Detail is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

The Merry Widow entered the repertoire through the generosity of The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada, joined by the Rotary Club of Toronto.
Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M., and Allan Slaight, C.M.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Ontario through the Honourable Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

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