YOU dance Relaxed Performance
September 17, 2019
Takes Place September 21, 2019
Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, and Barry Hughson, Executive Director, today announced that a relaxed performance of YOU dance, the company’s signature community engagement programme, will take place at the Betty Oliphant Theatre on September 21 at 5:30 pm.
The one-hour performance is designed for audience members who may benefit from a more casual ballet experience, such as individuals who identify with or are on the Autism Spectrum, ADHD, neurodiverse, learning and/or development delays/disabilities or anyone who simply feels they may enjoy a more relaxed environment when attending the ballet. During relaxed performances, the performance itself is unchanged, rather sound levels are lowered, auditorium lights are left on at a dimmer level and audience members are welcomed to move in and out of the space as needed. Participants are also encouraged to interact with dancers onstage, ask questions and fully experience the joy of live performance.
YOU dance performances are free for all participants. On September 21, we welcome audience members from a broad array of organizations including
Extend a Family, the Geneva Centre for Autism, Kerry’s Place, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Project Autism, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and Village Eulogia for Families with Special Needs.
Created in 2007, YOU dance is led by Lindsay Fischer, Artistic Director of YOU dance and Principal Ballet Master and Lisa Robinson, Education and Outreach Manager. The programme connects dancers and young spectators, nurturing self-expression, self-discovery and communication through movement. To date, the National Ballet has reached over 235,000 students across Canada through YOU dance.
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This performance is made possible through the generous support of An Anonymous Lady.
The National Ballet of Canada’s Education and Outreach programmes are generously supported by the Anna McCowan-Johnson Dance Accessibility Fund at The National Ballet of Canada, Endowment Foundation.
YOU dance is supported by Ballet Club Relevé, J.P. Bickell Foundation, Elizabeth A. & Richard J. Currie, O.C., Maxine Goldberg, the Steve and Sally Stavro Foundation, Beth & Brent Wilson, The Woodbridge Company, An Anonymous Lady and One 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 Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.