Swan Lake Cancelled and Rescheduled to June 2021
London Tour Postponed
2020/21 Season Updated
April 2, 2020… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, and Barry Hughson, Executive Director, today announced the cancellation of the June season. The world premiere of Swan Lake, directed and staged by Ms. Kain, originally planned for June 5 to 21, 2020, will take place June 11 to 27, 2021. Mr. Hughson and Ms. Kain also announced further changes to the 2020/21 season.
“The National Ballet of Canada, along with the global community, has faced extraordinary challenges due to COVID-19. We are all in unchartered territory. The safety and health of our artists, staff, patrons and community is our foremost priority. In accordance with government orders and public health guidance, the National Ballet has cancelled all June performances. The world premiere of Swan Lake will take place in June 2021,” said Mr. Hughson. “The special Karen Kain 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala planned for June 9 has been rescheduled to November 24, 2020. These unprecedented circumstances have required us to make changes to the 2020/21 season including the postponement of the company’s appearance at the Royal Opera House in London, the world premiere of Wayne McGregor’s MADDADDAM, the North American premiere of Cathy Marston’s Victoria and the guest appearance by San Francisco Ballet. These are challenging times for all of us but with the support of our patrons, staff and artists, the National Ballet will weather this storm and return to the stage stronger than ever, when it is safe to do so.”
“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. These last few weeks have been very difficult for everyone and it is heartbreaking to have to cancel work that so much effort has gone into,” said Ms. Kain. “I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the outpouring of support the company has received during this time and to thank our patrons and subscribers, many of whom are choosing to donate or exchange their tickets rather than ask for a refund, our donor community for their unwavering commitment, our staff who have been working tirelessly during this crisis and our wonderful dancers and musicians who are staying strong and helping us connect to our audiences online. On behalf of the entire company I also want to extend our admiration and deep gratitude to the healthcare workers on the front line of this pandemic. We will get through this together.”
All Swan Lake ticket holders will be contacted and their tickets transferred to the performances in June 2021.
Full details of the revised 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons below.
Romeo and Juliet, March 13 – 22, 2020 – CANCELLED
Romeo and Juliet, April 2 – 4, 2020 National Arts Centre, Ottawa – CANCELLED
Swan Lake, June 5 – 21, 2020 – CANCELLED and RESCHEDULED to June 2021
Karen Kain 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner, June 9, 2020 – CANCELLED and RESCHEDULED to November 24, 2020
2020/21 Season Update
The Sleeping Beauty, July 28 – August 1, 2020 Royal Opera House, London – CANCELLED
Angels’ Atlas & Serenade & The Four Seasons, November 11 – 15, 2020
Replacing Guest Company San Francisco Ballet, CANCELLED
The Sleeping Beauty, November 19 – 29, 2020
Replacing MADDADDAM by Wayne McGregor, inspired by Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy, CANCELLED and RESCHEDULED to November 2021
Karen Kain 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner, November 24, 2020
25 Magical Years
The Nutcracker, December 10 – 31, 2020
Angels’ Atlas & Serenade & The Four Seasons, February 4 – 6, 2021 National Arts Centre, Ottawa
Replacing Swan Lake
A Streetcar Named Desire, March 3 – 7, 2021
Cinderella, March 11 – 20, 2021
Replacing Swan Lake
Frame by Frame, March 24 – 28, 2021
Swan Lake, June 11 – 27, 2021
Replacing the North American premiere of Victoria, CANCELLED and RESCHEDULED to June 2022 and the Balanchine & Tchaikovsky programme, CANCELLED
MAD HOT BALLET, June 16, 2021
Celebration in Honour of Karen Kain – Gala performance, VIP Dinner and After Party
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BMO Financial Group presents the 2019/20 Season and 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 Sleeping Beauty is made possible by generous contributions from Margaret Fleck & Jim Fleck, C.C., The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Gretchen Ross and Nancy Pencer & Michael Benjamin.
Karen Kain 50th Anniversary Gala Presenting Sponsor: CIBC
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.
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., 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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