The National Ballet of Canada Partners with Harbourfront Centre and AGO

September 17, 2020… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, and Executive Director Barry Hughson today announced that the company will be partnering with Harbourfront Centre and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this fall.

The National Ballet of Canada will be in residence at Harbourfront Centre for five weeks this fall as part of Harbourfront Centre’s fall programme Site Alive. Harbourfront Centre has reimagined what it means to explore the arts on its site in 2020, with augmented reality, evening projections, immersive dance and movement and visual art. National Ballet dancers are currently taking company class and rehearsing The Dreamers Ever Leave You by Choreographic Associate Robert Binet. The National Ballet will perform The Dreamers Ever Leave You in the Brigantine Room October 9 – 17, 2020. Performance times and ticketing details will be announced shortly. Tickets on sale September 30 at 11:00 am. Due to social distancing protocols availability will be very limited.

Inspired by the work of Group of Seven Artist Lawren Harris, The Dreamers Ever Leave You is an immersive ballet that captures the dynamic forms and emotional themes of Harris’ paintings, evoking isolation, transcendence and mysticism. The work was originally created as part of The Idea of North exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2016 and was hailed “a remarkable and moving experience” by the Globe and Mail.

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In collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Ballet will present an open rehearsal of a new work by Kevin A. Ormsby onsite in Walker Court as part of AGO Live on October 22 and 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm. The new creation is Mr. Ormsby’s first work for the company and will premiere in November as part of Spotlight Series during the company’s virtual season. This is a rare opportunity to observe the creative process between a choreographer and National Ballet dancers. The open rehearsal can only be attended by booking a timed-entry ticket for AGO admission. Space is limited and social distancing measures are in place. 

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BMO Financial Group presents the 2020/21 Season.

The original presentation of The Dreamers Ever Leave You was co-produced by the Art Gallery of Ontario and The National Ballet of Canada and generously supported by Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin Garland, Joan & Jerry Lozinski and The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C.

Spotlight Series is funded by The Producers’ Circle.

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 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.

Emma Hawes is sponsored through Dancers First by Sherry and Edward Drew.

Emma Hawes in The Dreamers Ever Leave You. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

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Belinda Bale
Director, Marketing and Communications
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Catherine Chang
Senior Communications Manager
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