The National Ballet of Canada Hosts 1,690 Health Care Workers at Free Performance

Serenade & Soul & Angels’ Atlas

November 2, 2021… Barry Hughson, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that the National Ballet will host 1,690 Toronto Health Care Workers at a free performance of George Balanchine’s Serenade, Jera Wolfe’s Soul & Crystal Pite’s Angels’ Atlas on Saturday, November 27.

“All of us at The National Ballet of Canada are honoured to host the health care heroes that have worked so hard to keep us safe during this pandemic,” said Hughson. “We wanted to express our deep gratitude for their dedication and the many sacrifices they have made for the wider community by sharing the joy of live performance. We look forward to welcoming them to this very special programme.”

At the start of the pandemic, the National Ballet provided front-line workers with Gratitude Classes, free virtual classes that focused on relaxation and stretching, to show support, boost morale and provide a reprieve from their busy schedules. The 1,690 health care workers attending the free performance of Angels’ Atlas and Serenade are from the following organizations: University Health Network, Ontario Nurses Association, SickKids Hospital, Trillium Health Partners, Humber River Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, McMaster Children's Hospital, Canadian Nurses Association, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Halton Healthcare, CAMH: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Women’s College Hospital, Unity Health Toronto and The Four Villages Community Health Centre.

“Thank you to The National Ballet of Canada for their generous and kind invitation to our front-line health care workers to attend the ballet. Time with family helps with recovery and builds needed resilience to continue to combat the pandemic and address the toll it has had, and continues to have, on front-line health care workers. Thanks for caring for our caregivers.”Tariq Asmi, Chief Executive Officer, The Four Villages Community Health Centre

The 2021/22 season marks the company’s long-awaited return to live performance and launches with Serenade, one of Balanchine’s most iconic ballets, performed by companies the world over, followed by a video interlude of Soul by Wolfe. The programme concludes with  the Dora Award-winning Angels’ Atlas, created by Pite for the National Ballet in 2020.

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BMO Financial Group Presents the 2021/22 Season.

The performance of Serenade, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique®. Service standards established and provided by the Trust.

Lead philanthropic support for Soul is provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund with additional support from The Producers’ Circle.

Angels’ Atlas is commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada and is a co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and Ballett Z├╝rich.

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

Artists of the Ballet. Photo by Cylla von Tiedmann. 

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