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The National Ballet of Canada Tours to Ottawa’s National Arts Centre

January 22, 2019

Paz de la Jolla & Apollo & The Dream
January 31 – February 2, 2019

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, and Barry Hughson, Executive Director, today announced that the company returns to the National Arts Centre, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary season. The National Ballet will perform a triple bill featuring Justin Peck’s Paz de la Jolla, George Balanchine’s Apollo and Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, onstage January 31 – February 2, 2019. #NBOConTour

The National Ballet was the first company to perform at the NAC’s Southam Hall on the opening night, June 2, 1969. Since then, the company has performed more than 400 times on the NAC’s stage.

The company’s tour to Ottawa has been a long-standing tradition since the NAC opened in 1969 when the National Ballet danced the inaugural performance at Southam Hall. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate the NAC’s 50th anniversary season with an exciting mixed programme featuring Paz de la Jolla, Apollo, and The Dream,” said Ms. Kain.

Apollo is considered a masterpiece of neoclassicism and one of the most renowned collaborations between George Balanchine and composer Igor Stravinsky. The opening night on January 31 features as First Soloist Brendan Saye Apollo, Corps de Ballet member Jeannine Haller as Polyhymnia, Second Soloist Miyoko Koyasu as Calliope, who are all making their debuts in the roles, and Principal Dancer Heather Ogden as Terpsichore. Also making their debuts in Ottawa are Principal Dancer Harrison James as Apollo, Principal Dancer Svetlana Lunkina as Terpsichore, Principal Dancer Jillian Vanstone as Polyhymnia and Corps de Ballet member Calley Skalnik as Calliope.

Created in 2013 by New York City Ballet dancer and Resident Choreographer Justin Peck, Paz de la Jolla is a sun-washed homage to his southern California upbringing. Set to Bohuslav Martinů’s Sinfonietta la Jolla, Paz de la Jolla was performed on the National Ballet’s tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg in October 2018. The opening night cast will feature Principal Dancer Harrison James and First Soloists Hannah Fischer and Chelsy Meiss.

Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, is a one-act re-imagining set to music by Felix Mendelssohn. On opening night, Principal Dancers Jillian Vanstone and Harrison James will dance the roles of Titania and Oberon with Corps de Ballet member Siphesihle November as Puck.

The NAC will create a podcast featuring Ms. Kain and Artist-in-Residence Rex Harrington discussing their memories and experiences performing at the centre. They will also give an opening night pre-performance talk moderated by Cathy Levy, NAC Executive Producer, Dance, at the Peter Herrndorf Place, on January 31, 2019.

The National Ballet artists will take company class on stage at the NAC’s Southam Hall on February 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm. During this free event, the public will be invited to see how the company’s dancers train in this 75-minute class led by Artist-in-Residence Rex Harrington and moderated by Associate Artistic Director Christopher Stowell.

The NAC Orchestra, under the direction of Guest Conductor Ormsby Wilkins, will accompany the National Ballet’s Ottawa season performances.

Principal Casting

Paz de la Jolla
Chelsy Meiss (January 31 at 8:00 pm, February 2 at 8:00 pm)
Jenna Savella (February 1 at 8:00 pm)

Hannah Fischer and Harrison James (January 31 at 8:00 pm)
Chelsy Meiss and Brendan Saye (February 1 at 8:00 pm)
Antonella Martinelli* and Harrison James (February 2 at 8:00 pm)


Apollo
Apollo
Brendan Saye* (January 31 at 8:00 pm, February 2 at 8:00 pm)
Harrison James* (February 1 at 8:00 pm)

Terpsichore
Heather Ogden (January 31 at 8:00 pm, February 2 at 8:00 pm)
Svetlana Lunkina* (February 1 at 8:00 pm)

Polyhymnia
Jeannine Haller* (January 31, February 2 at 8:00 pm)
Jillian Vanstone* (February 1 at 8:00 pm)

Calliope
Miyoko Koyasu* (January 31 at 8:00 pm, February 2 at 8:00 pm)
Calley Skalnik* (February 1 at 8:00 pm)


The Dream
Titania
Jillian Vanstone (January 31 at 8:00 pm, February 2 at 8:00 pm)
Alexandra MacDonald (February 1 at 8:00 pm)

Oberon
Harrison James (January 31 at 8:00 pm)
Brendan Saye (February 1 at 8:00 pm)
Naoya Ebe (February 2 at 8:00 pm)

Puck
Siphesihle November (January 31 at 8:00 pm)
Donald Thom (February 1 at 8:00 pm)
Skylar Campbell (February 2 at 8:00 pm)

* Debut

All casting is subject to change.

More Information About the Tour to Ottawa >


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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.

Lead philanthropic support for Paz de la Jolla is provided by The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada, Julie Medland in memory of her husband Ted, and The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Susanne Boyce & Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M., Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Rosamond Ivey, 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., Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan, Sandra Simpson and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.

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

Skylar Campbell is sponsored through Dancers First by Tricia Younger.

Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M.

Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.

Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.

Svetlana Lunkina is sponsored through Dancers First by Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C.

Heather Ogden is sponsored through Dancers First by Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin.

Jillian Vanstone is sponsored through Dancers First by George & Kathy Dembroski.

Hannah Fischer is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor. 

Chelsy Meiss is sponsored through Dancers First by Diana St. B. Weatherall.

Jenna Savella is sponsored through Dancers First by Elvio & Marlene DelZotto.

Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin Vaile Robinson.

Kathryn Hosier is sponsored through Dancers First by Donna Meyers & Doug Richmond.

Siphesihle November is sponsored through Dancers First by Jerry & Joan Lozinski.

Calley Skalnik is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

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 Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Contact Information

media@national.ballet.ca