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Principal Casting Announced for Etudes & Piano Concerto #1 & Petite Mort

November 19, 2019

Principal Casting Announced
 
Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for Etudes by Danish choreographer Harald Lander, Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1 and the company premiere of Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort. The mixed programme is onstage November 27 – December 1, 2019 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. #EtudesNBC #PianoConcerto1NBC #PetiteMortNBC
 
Created in 1948 for The Royal Danish Ballet, Etudes is Harald Lander’s most popular work, a celebration of ballet technique, set to piano exercises by Carl Czerny. The opening night cast on November 27 features Principal Dancers Heather Ogden, Harrison James and Naoya Ebe in the lead roles.
 
Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1 is the third part of his Shostakovich Trilogy, which pays tribute to Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. A work of great beauty and power, Piano Concerto #1 contains some of the most compelling choreography in the trilogy. The opening night cast features Principal Dancers Svetlana Lunkina, Harrison James, Naoya Ebe and First Soloist Koto Ishihara in principal roles.
 
Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián originally created Petite Mort for the 1991 Salzburg Festival to mark the second centenary of the death of Mozart. Set to movements from two of Mozart’s most famous piano concertos, Petite Mort is a dynamic short ballet that evokes the intense yearning and latent eroticism of the music. Playing on sexual innuendo in the phrase “petite mort” or “little death”, a cast of six male and six female dancers move and spar with one another in beautiful and unexpected ways.
 
Etudes                        
Heather Ogden (November 27, 29, 30 at 7:30 pm)
Jillian Vanstone* (November 28 at 7:30 pm/November 30, December 1 at 2:00 pm)
 
Harrison James*, Naoya Ebe* (November 27, 30 at 7:30 pm)
Donald Thom*, Siphesihle November* (November 28 at 7:30 pm/November 30 at 2:00 pm)
Harrison James, Skylar Campbell* (November 29 at 7:30 pm)
Donald Thom, Skylar Campbell* (December 1 at 2:00 pm)
 
Piano Concerto #1
Svetlana Lunkina and Harrison James (November 27, 29, 30 at 7:30 pm)
Elena Lobsanova and Brendan Saye* (November 28 at 7:30 pm/November 30, December 1 at 2:00 pm)
 
Koto Ishihara* and Naoya Ebe* (November 27, 29 at 7:30 pm)
Tina Pereira* and Skylar Campbell* (November 28 at 7:30 pm/November 30 at 2:00 pm)
Koto Ishihara and Spencer Hack* (November 30 at 7:30/December 1 at 2:00 pm)
 
Petite Mort
Elena Lobsanova, Joe Chapman
Jenna Savella, Skylar Campbell
Jillian Vanstone, Donald Thom
Tina Pereira, Spencer Hack
Hannah Fischer, Brendan Saye
Greta Hodgkinson, Guillaume Côté
(November 27, 29, 30 at 7:30 pm)
 
Antonella Martinelli, Larkin Miller
Koto Ishihara, Isaac Wright
Svetlana Lunkina, Brent Parolin
Tanya Howard, Naoya Ebe
Heather Ogden, Ben Rudisin
Sonia Rodriguez, Piotr Stanczyk
(November 28 at 7:30 pm/November 30 at 2:00 pm)
 
Antonella Martinelli, Larkin Miller
Jenna Savella, Isaac Wright
Svetlana Lunkina, Brent Parolin
Tanya Howard, Naoya Ebe
Heather Ogden, Ben Rudisin
Sonia Rodriguez, Piotr Stanczyk
(December 1 at 2:00 pm)
* Debut
All casting is subject to change.
 
More Information about Etudes & Piano Concerto #1 & Petite Mort >
 
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BMO Financial Group presents the 2019/20 Season.

Lead philanthropic support for Piano Concerto #1 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.

Etudes is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

Skylar Campbell is sponsored through Dancers First by Tricia Younger.

Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M.

Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.

Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White
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Elena Lobsanova is sponsored through Dancers First by Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan.

Svetlana Lunkina is sponsored through Dancers First by Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C.

Heather Ogden is sponsored through Dancers First by Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin.

Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin Vaile Robinson. 

Jillian Vanstone is sponsored through Dancers First by George & Kathy Dembroski.

Hannah Fischer is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

Tina Pereira is sponsored through Dancers First by The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C.

Ben Rudisin is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

Jenna Savella is sponsored through Dancers First by Elvio & Marlene DelZotto.

Siphesihle November is sponsored through Dancers First by Jerry & Joan Lozinski.

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 Pablo Rodriguez, 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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