Sharing the Stage: Outdoor Residency at Harbourfront Centre

Live Performances by The National Ballet of Canada, August 25 – 28, 2021
Outdoor Studio: Creations. Classes. Conversations. August 9 – 29, 2021

August 4, 2021… Barry Hughson, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the free programming that will be offered during Sharing the Stage, a residency at Harbourfront Centre, August 9 – 29, 2021. Opening the 2021/22 season, the outdoor residency will feature live performances by the National Ballet, presentations of works-in-process from guest companies as well as an outdoor studio with open rehearsals, free dance classes and discussions.

“We are thrilled to partner with Harbourfront Centre on Sharing the Stage this August,” said Mr. Hughson. “The art form of ballet is rooted in shared human experience and our artists are so looking forward to finally connecting again with audiences with live performances on the Concert Stage. I am also very pleased to welcome guest companies Esie Mensah Creations, Human Body Expression, Little Pear Garden Dance Company and Lua Shayenne Dance Company who will share their creation process in open rehearsals in Canada Square and the many members of the dance community who will offer free classes and join National Ballet artists in insightful conversations about life in dance."

Live Performances by The National Ballet of Canada

The National Ballet will present four socially distanced outdoor performances on the Concert Stage, August 25 – 28, 2021. The 80 minute performances are free but will require registration which opens to the general public on August 18 on a first come, first served basis. In adherence to Ontario Public Health protocols, social distancing will be in effect and seating will be limited. Audiences can purchase pre-show drinks and dinner from Boxcar Social.

Mixed Programme A, August 25 & 27 at 8:00 pm

A world premiere of Crepuscular by Vanesa G. R. Montoya & Apollo & Soul & Tarantella

Mixed Programme B, August 26 & 28 at 8:00 pm

Trase Pa The Sleeping Beauty Bluebird Pas de Deux & in a state of vanishing or In Time We Trust Romeo and Juliet Bedroom Pas De Deux & The Dreamers Ever Leave You Excerpt

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Outdoor Studio

Creations. Classes. Conversations.

The National Ballet of Canada hosts an outdoor studio at Harbourfront Centre’s Canada Square to celebrate the dance community and reengage audiences with live dance in multiple forms. The residency includes open rehearsals by local dance companies, free dance classes and discussions featuring members of the National Ballet and local dance artists.

On August 28 and 29 at 2:00 pm, guest companies Esie Mensah Creations, Human Body Expression, Little Pear Garden Dance Company and Lua Shayenne Dance Company, will share presentations of work developed during the residency on the Concert Stage. The events are free but reservations are required.

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BMO Financial Group Presents the 2021/22 Season.

Sharing the Stage is an initiative of Staging Change which is generously funded by the Metcalf Foundation.

Apollo 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.

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.

Lead philanthropic support for Crepuscular is provided 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.

Lead philanthropic support for SoulTrase Pa and in a state of vanishing is provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund with additional support from The Producers’ Circle.

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.

Choreographic Associate Alysa Pires is supported by Sans Limites.

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 Toronto Arts Council; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

Shaelynn Estrada. Photo by Karolina Kuras. 

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