Alexei Ratmansky’s Of Love and Rage
Co-production Between The National Ballet of Canada and American Ballet Theatre
January 23, 2020... Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, and Executive Director Barry Hughson today announced that Alexei Ratmansky’s new full-length work, Of Love and Rage, will be a co-production between the National Ballet and American Ballet Theatre (ABT). The world premiere will be performed by ABT at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, March 5 – 8, 2020. ABT will reprise the work at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House June 2 – 6, 2020. Of Love and Rage will make its Canadian premiere during the National Ballet’s 2021/22 season in Toronto.
“I am a great admirer of Alexei’s work. His understanding of classical vocabulary is unmatched, and his ballets are always inventive and masterful. One of the highlights of my tenure as Artistic Director has been commissioning him to create a new Romeo and Juliet in 2011 and I could not be more delighted to add Of Love and Rage, a second full-length work by him, to our repertoire,” said Ms. Kain.
“The National Ballet is very pleased to partner with American Ballet Theatre on the creation of this important new work by one of today’s most revered choreographers. New work is the life blood of any ballet company but also a big financial undertaking. In addition to the co-production of Of Love and Rage with ABT, we have been fortunate to partner with some of the world’s leading dance institutions including The Royal Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet and Sadler’s Wells to share the financial investment and artistic success of new productions,” said Mr. Hughson.
Mr. Ratmansky created Romeo and Juliet for the National Ballet in 2011 to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary. In addition to Of Love and Rage and Romeo and Juliet, the National Ballet has several of Mr. Ratmansky’s works in the repertoire: Russian Seasons, Symphony #9 and Piano Concerto #1. The acclaimed choreographer has created works for companies all over the world including the Mariinsky Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and The Australian Ballet. Former Artistic Director of The Bolshoi Ballet, Mr. Ratmansky joined ABT as Artist in Residence in 2009.
Set in ancient Greece, Of Love and Rage is based on Callirhoe, one of the earliest novels ever written. The epic tale tells the story of legendary beauty Callirhoe and her lover Chaereus and the daunting obstacles they must navigate.
Of Love and Rage features music by Aram Khachaturian with sets and costumes by Jean-Marc Puissant that evoke a Mediterranean landscape to frame the lovers’ adventures and lighting by Duane Schuler.
Mr. Ratmansky was born in St. Petersburg and trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow. He was a Principal Dancer with Ukrainian National Ballet, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet. Mr. Ratmansky was named Artistic Director of The Bolshoi Ballet in January 2004 and under his direction, The Bolshoi Ballet was named Best Foreign Company in 2005 and 2007 by The Critics’ Circle in London. He joined American Ballet Theatre as Artist in Residence in January 2009.
The National Ballet will next perform Mr. Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1 on tour at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on a programme of contemporary works by William Forsythe and Jiří Kylián, January 28 – 29, 2020. The company will also perform the great classical masterpiece The Sleeping Beauty, January 30 - February 2, 2020. Mr. Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet will be performed as part of the National Ballet’s Winter season, onstage March 11 – 22, 2020.
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Of Love and Rage is a co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and American Ballet Theatre.
BMO Financial Group presents the 2019/20 Season.
Lead philanthropic support for Of Love and Rage is provided by The Producers’ Circle, with additional generous support from the American Friends of The National Ballet of Canada.
Lead philanthropic support for Romeo and Juliet is provided by Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., with additional generous support from Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and Walter Carsen, O.C.
Lead philanthropic support for Piano Concerto #1 and Symphony #9 is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Producers’ Circle.
The Producers’ Circle: John & Claudine Bailey, Susanne Boyce & Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin Garland & Roger Garland, C.M., Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M., 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., Sandra Simpson and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.
Russian Seasons is made possible by a grant from the New Creations Fund of The National Ballet of Canada, Endowment Foundation.
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.
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.