Hope Muir Announces 2022/23 Season
World Premiere of MADDADDAM by Wayne McGregor and Margaret Atwood
World Premiere by Rena Butler
Canadian Premieres by David Dawson and Alonzo King
Outdoor Performances at Harbourfront Centre
May 3, 2022… Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the 2022/23 season. This will mark Muir’s first full season with the National Ballet.
“It’s my great pleasure to introduce the 2022/23 season. The season ahead shows the strengths of the entire company, balancing virtuosic classical pieces with new work and acquisitions that introduce unique choreographic voices to our repertoire,” said Muir. “Working with the artists of the company in my new role as Artistic Director has been incredibly rewarding. I’m honoured to be leading The National Ballet of Canada into its next chapter with work that reflects the extraordinary versatility of our artists and builds relationships with influential dance creators.”
The 2022/23 season will open with Sharing the Stage at Harbourfront Centre that will feature free outdoor performances on the Concert Stage and free dance classes and interactive conversations, August 16 – 20, 2022. The National Ballet and invited guest artists will perform two exciting mixed programmes that will feature a pas de deux from Swan Lake, directed and staged by Karen Kain, excerpts from the sensational Chroma by Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon’s gorgeous After the Rain as well as new works from our four guest artists, Holla Jazz, Rock Bottom Movement, Tanveer Alam and Samantha Sutherland.
In November, the National Ballet returns to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts with the Canadian premiere of The Collective Agreement, marking the company’s first acquisition from the visionary American choreographer Alonzo King, giving Canadian audiences a taste of his distinctive aesthetic. The Collective Agreement was created for San Francisco Ballet in 2018 to a commissioned score by jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran and features image technology from Jim Campbell, a renowned creator of cinematic LED installations. The Collective Agreement will be presented with Crepuscular by Vanesa G. R. Montoya and Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto, November 9 – 13, 2022.
MADDADDAM by Wayne McGregor, the multi-award-winning choreographer of Chroma and Genus, makes its highly anticipated world premiere November 23 – 30, 2022. McGregor has joined forces with Margaret Atwood, one of the world’s greatest living writers, to create a new ballet triptych. A co-production with the Royal Ballet, MADDADDAM is based on Atwood’s acclaimed novel trilogy, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam. Themes of extinction and invention, hubris and humanity are spliced together with aspects of Atwood's activism and her deep connection to the Canadian landscape, past and present. MADDADDAM features an original score by Max Richter with set design by We Not I, costumes by Gareth Pugh, lighting by Lucy Carter and film design by Ravi Deepres with dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed.
The National Ballet’s holiday favourite, The Nutcracker by James Kudelka, returns December 10 – 31, 2022.
In the Winter Season, the National Ballet presents the Canadian premiere of Anima Animus by David Dawson, marking the acclaimed choreographer’s debut with the National Ballet. Created in 2018 for the Unbound Festival, the ballet was an immediate success and has since toured throughout the UK and US. A high octane work favouring speed and precision, Anima Animus is set to music of Ezio Bosso’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and features set design by John Otto, striking black and white costumes by Yumiko Takshima and lighting by James F. Ingalls. Anima Animus will be presented with a new work from exciting choreographer on the rise, Rena Butler, a dynamic contemporary piece to celebrate the music of Grammy Award-winning composer John Adams for his 75th birthday. In demand for her insightful contemporary language, Butler’s work is aesthetically and ideologically powerful, modelling artistry as a form of activism. The programme is onstage March 3 – 23 and also features George Balanchine’s Symphony in C.
James Kudelka’s Cinderella returns to delight the entire family March 10 – 19, 2023. A unique and modern rendering of the classic tale, Cinderella discards the rags-to-riches scenario and puts the heroine on equal footing with Prince Charming, with Art Deco-inspired designs by David Boechler, a lively score by Sergei Prokofiev and lighting by Christopher Dennis.
The International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize, a thrilling evening of dance showcasing ballet stars of the future, will take place on March 25, 2023. First held in 1988, the competition brings together some of the finest young dancers and choreographers in the world. Erik Bruhn, who held the Artistic Directorship of the National Ballet from 1983 until his death in 1986, established the competition to uphold a high standard of excellence for future generations of dancers.
The Summer Season opens June 2 – 10, 2023 with the ground-breaking Frame by Frame, directed by the legendary Québécois playwright, actor, film and stage director, Robert Lepage, and choreographed by Principal Dancer and Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté. Frame by Frame pays homage to Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren, whose pioneering advancements in animation led to a prolific career with the National Film Board of Canada and influenced filmmakers the world over.
The 2022/23 season will conclude with Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmansky, June 15 – 25, 2023. Created in 2011 to celebrate the National Ballet’s 60th anniversary season, Romeo and Juliet is pure Ratmansky, a thoughtful and visually striking revival of one of ballet’s great narrative works that overflows with dancing, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s enduring score with designs by Tony Award-winning designer Richard Hudson and lighting by Jennifer Tipton.
The National Ballet of Canada’s 2022/23 Season
MADDADDAM World Premiere
November 23 – 30, 2022
Watch 2022/23 Trailer >
Read Q&A With Hope Muir >
2022/23 Season Brochure >
Dancer Roster >
Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto
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Sharing the Stage is an initiative of Staging Change which is generously funded by the Metcalf Foundation.
Lead philanthropic support for MADDADDAM and Crepuscular is provided by The Gail Hutchison Fund, The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund and The Producers’ Circle.
iA Financial Presents The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lawrence & Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.
Lead philanthropic support for New Work by Rena Butler is provided by The Producers’ Circle.
Symphony in C and Cinderella are gifts from the Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.
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.
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, 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 and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.
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., Pamela and Paul Austin and The P. Austin Family Foundation, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Nancy Pencer, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Lawrence Schafer Foundation, 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 An Anonymous Supporter Judi Conacher, Sherry & Edward Drew and Julie Medland.
Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.
Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.
Siphesihle November is sponsored through Dancers First by Jerry & Joan Lozinski.
Tina Pereira is sponsored through Dancers First by The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C.
Calley Skalnik is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.
Kota Sato is sponsored through Dancers First by Tony Arrell, C.M. & Anne Arrell.
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 with the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage; and the Government of Ontario with the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Harrison James and Tina Pereira. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
Kota Sato. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
Sofiane Sylve in The Collective Agreement. Photo by Erik Tomasson, courtesy of San Francisco Ballet.
Margaret Atwood. Photo by George Whiteside. Wayne McGregor. Photo by Johan Hallberg-Campbell.
Calley Skalnik and Naoya Ebe in The Nutcracker. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
Wei Wang, Maria Kochetkova, and Henry Sidford in Anima Animus. Photo by Erik Tomasson, courtesy of San Francisco Ballet.
Jurgita Dronina in Cinderella. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.
Siphesihle November. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
Artists of the Ballet in Frame by Frame. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
Heather Ogden and Harrison James in Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
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