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Historic Moscow and St. Petersburg Tour a Great Success for The National Ballet of Canada

October 25, 2018

Sold-Out Performances

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada and Barry Hughson, Executive Director today announced the great success of the company’s historic first tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg, October 15 – 19, 2018. The company performed two Canadian works, Crystal Pite’s Emergence and Guillaume Côté’s Being and Nothingness, along with American Justin Peck’s Paz de la Jolla for over 3,950 audience members in sold-out houses. #NBOConTour

“The artists dance with such ecstasy, precision and skill.”
– Kommersant, Moscow

“The National Ballet of Canada has few equals.”
– Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Moscow

“National Ballet of Canada dazzles audiences… Canada's top ballet dancers wowed a Moscow audience as it opened its first-ever tour of Russia with a program of contemporary dance.”
– CBC News, Moscow Bureau

Russian audiences embraced the National Ballet’s performances at The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre in Moscow, October 15 and 16, 2018 and The Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg October 19, 2018, as part of Diana Vishneva’s Context festival showcasing contemporary ballet.

The National Ballet’s opening night performance of Being and Nothingness and Paz de la Jolla in Moscow on October 15, 2018 was livestreamed nationwide across the country on Yandex, the country’s largest search engine, as part of the festival’s educational programming. In addition to the National Ballet’s performances, Ms. Kain participated in the festival’s ContextSpeaks conversation series on October 15, 2018 in Moscow and Associate Artistic Director Christopher Stowell led a masterclass event on October 18, 2018 in St. Petersburg.

David Briskin, The National Ballet’s Music Director and Principal Conductor conducted The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre Orchestra in Moscow and The Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg on tour.

The National Ballet begins its 2018/19 season with the North American premiere of Anna Karenina choreographed by John Neumeier, November 10 – 18, 2018. Based on Leo Tolstoy’s great masterwork, Anna Karenina is the first co-operation between the National Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet and will feature the debuts of Principal Dancers Svetlana Lunkina, Heather Ogden and Sonia Rodriguez in the title role.

More Information About Anna Karenina >

Following performances in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Mr. Côté’s Being and Nothingness returns to Toronto along with Sir. Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, November 21 – 25, 2018 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

More Information About The Dream and Being and Nothingness >


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The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges Margaret Anne Fountain, C.M. and David Glenn Fountain, C.M. as our Exclusive Tour Partners.

Emergence is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.

Lead philanthropic support for Being and Nothingness is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

Lead philanthropic support for Paz de la Jolla is provided by The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada, Julie Medland in memory of her husband Ted, and The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Susanne Boyce & Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M., Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, 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., Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan, Sandra Simpson and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.

BMO presents Anna Karenina.

Anna Karenina co-operation between The National Ballet of Canada, The Hamburg Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet.

Lead philanthropic support for Anna Karenina is generously provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey, Margaret Anne Fountain, C.M. and David Glenn Fountain, C.M. and Tim & Frances Price, with additional support from The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada, The Producers’ Circle and Warren Sorensen in memory of Gregory Williams.

Being and Nothingness & The Dream presented by Deloitte.

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

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.

Chelsy Meiss is sponsored through Dancers First by Diana St. B. Weatherall.

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

Kathryn Hosier is sponsored through Dancers First by Donna Meyers & Doug Richmond.

Jaclyn Oakley is sponsored through Dancers First by Renata M. Humphries.

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 Sylvia Jones, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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