Fall Season and The Nutcracker Cancelled

2020/21 Season Updated
August 12, 2020… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, and Executive Director Barry Hughson today announced the cancellation of the 2020/21 Fall Season in November and The Nutcracker in December. Additional updates to the 2020/21 season are announced with performances scheduled to resume onstage in March 2021. 
 
At the beginning of the lockdown in March, the fall seemed a long way off and we were confident we would be back onstage in November. Now, however, the safe return of large gatherings this year is looking unlikely. Not being able to perform onstage is deeply disappointing for our dancers, musicians and staff but the safety of our audiences and artists is our foremost priority. We have seen our city, province and country pull together during this pandemic. That commitment is paying off with good news from Public Health that we are succeeding in flattening the curve. We remain hopeful that this trend will continue and, at this time, we intend to proceed with our Winter Season in March 2021 and our Summer Season in June 2021 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts,” said Mr. Hughson.
 
There is nothing every dancer in this company wants more than to be back onstage, but we know this is not possible for now,” said Ms. Kain. “I am particularly heartbroken to have to cancel The Nutcracker. This will be the first year since 1955 that Toronto audiences will not be able to share this holiday tradition together. The glorious production includes 213 dancers, musicians and children and requires many hours of rehearsals that would need to start in September. I am very pleased, however, that we will open the revised season with Crystal Pite’s Angels’ Atlas. I could not think of a more fitting ballet for our return than Crystal’s profoundly moving work about human connection and the ephemerality of existence. Angels’ Atlas will be performed with George Balanchine's Serenade and The Four Seasons by James Kudelka. The Winter Season will continue with James' Cinderella and John Neumeier’s A Streetcar Named Desire. The Summer Season in June 2021 features the world premiere of my new Swan Lake. Sadly, Frame by Frame by Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté will be moved to a future season.
 
The National Ballet of Canada is committed to connecting with audiences in the digital space until we can return to theatre. We will be curating innovative and creative content throughout the fall including exciting premieres, new explorations of existing work, in-depth interviews, behind-the-scenes looks into the creative process and more. Details to be announced soon. 
 
All National Ballet subscribers will be contacted regarding their updated subscription and cancelled performances. They will be given a choice of a full refund, ticket voucher valid until June 2022 or a charitable tax receipt for the full value of the cancelled performances.
 
Full details of the updated 2020/21 seasons below.
 
2020/21 Season Update
 
Winter Season
Angels’ Atlas & Serenade & The Four Seasons, March 3 – 7, 2021
 
March Break
Cinderella, March 11 – 20, 2021
 
A Streetcar Named Desire, March 24 – 28, 2021
 
Gala
Karen Kain 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner, May 27, 2021 
 
Summer Season
World Premiere
Swan Lake, June 11 – 27, 2021
 
MAD HOT BALLET Returns June 2022
 
More Information About Updated 2020/21 Season >
 
 
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BMO Financial Group presents the 2020/21 Season. 
 
BMO Financial Group presents Angels’ Atlas & Serenade & The Four Seasons.  
 
Angels’ Atlas is produced and commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada.
 
Angels’ Atlas is a co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and Ballett Zürich.
 
Philanthropic support for Angels’ Atlas is generously provided by An Anonymous Donor, Rosamond Ivey, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The Producers’ Circle, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Gail Hutchison Fund. 
 
The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin Garland & Roger Garland, C.M., Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Anna McCowan Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry & Joan Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation, Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation. 
The Four Seasons is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada. 
 
The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lawrence and Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet. 
 
A Streetcar Named Desire is made possible by the generous support of The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation and The Producers’ Circle.  
 
Cinderella is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.  
 
Frame by Frame is a collaboration between The National Ballet of Canada, Ex Machina and the National Film Board of Canada. 
 
Frame by Frame is co-produced by Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, UK. 
 
Lead philanthropic support for Frame by Frame is generously provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, with additional support from First Plazas Inc. in memory of Avie Bennett, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Rosamond Ivey, The Hal Jackman Foundation and The Producers’ Circle.
 
Tricon presents Swan Lake
 
Swan Lake is produced and commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada.  
Lead philanthropic support for Swan Lake is provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, with generous underwriting from Richard M. Ivey, C.C., an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C. The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Nancy Pencer, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Lawrence Schafer Foundation, Gretchen Ross & Donald Ross, O.C., Anne-Marie Canning, Anna McCowan Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Tim & Frances Price, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada, Kevin Garland & Roger Garland, C.M. and Aaron & Heather Regent. Additional support provided by The Producers’ Circle.   

The National Ballet also acknowledges support for Swan Lake provided by Judi Conacher, Sherry and Edward Drew and Julie Medland.
 
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 Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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