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The National Ballet of Canada Tours to Hamburg, Germany

June 26, 2018

All-Canadian Programme

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for the company’s upcoming tour to Hamburg, Germany with an all-Canadian programme featuring The Dreamers Ever Leave You by Choreographic Associate Robert Binet, James Kudelka’s The Man in Black and Emergence by Crystal Pite. The National Ballet will perform as part of the 44th Hamburg Ballet Days, a two-week festival of dance, for two performances July 3 – 4, 2018 at Großes Haus. This will be the company’s first appearance in Hamburg since 1994.

The tour to Hamburg continues the National Ballet’s mandate to showcase the company’s artists and repertoire on the world stage. Recent tours have included London, New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Paris, where the National Ballet was named Best Company of the Year by France’s l'Association Professionnelle de la Critique de Théâtre, de Musique et de Danse.

The Dreamers Ever Leave You is Robert Binet’s response to the Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris, whose paintings distilled the beauty of Canada’s northern landscape. The Dreamers Ever Leave You is set to music by Lubomyr Melnyk and was originally created as a co-production with the Art Gallery of Ontario. The ballet recently toured to London, England where it was performed by dancers from both the National Ballet and The Royal Ballet.

Set to six songs sung by the late great Johnny Cash, The Man in Black by James Kudelka features four dancers wearing cowboy boots who create moving tableaux that are by turns haunting, funny and anguished.

Emergence is a provocative work by Vancouver-based choreographer Crystal Pite. The work casts a group of insect-like dancers in an eerily subterranean universe. When it premiered in 2009, Emergence won four Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Choreography, Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition by Owen Belton.

The 44th Hamburg Ballet Days will culminate with the annual Nijinsky Gala on July 8, 2018 featuring dancers from The Hamburg Ballet, international guest artists and the National Ballet’s Principal Dancers Guillaume Côté, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Heather Ogden and Jillian Vanstone.

This fall, the National Ballet’s 2018/19 season in Toronto opens with the North American premiere of Anna Karenina choreographed by John Neumeier on November 10, 2018. Based on Leo Tolstoy’s great masterwork, Anna Karenina is the first co-production between the National Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet.

Principal Casting

The Dreamers Ever Leave You

Skylar Campbell, Naoya Ebe, Hannah Fischer, Spencer Hack, Emma Hawes,
Rui Huang, Harrison James, Elena Lobsanova, Alexandra MacDonald, Heather Ogden, Félix Paquet, Jenna Savella, Brendan Saye (July 3 at 7:30 pm)

Jack Bertinshaw, Skylar Campbell, Emma Hawes, Rui Huang, Harrison James, Elena Lobsanova, Svetlana Lunkina, Alexandra MacDonald, Heather Ogden, Brendan Saye, Robert Stephen, Dylan Tedaldi, Jillian Vanstone (July 4 at 7:30 pm)

The Man in Black

Jonathan Renna, Jenna Savella, Piotr Stanczyk, Robert Stephen

Emergence

Jack Bertinshaw, Skylar Campbell, Jimmy Coleman, Guillaume Côté or Harrison James, Jordana Daumec, Naoya Ebe, Hannah Fischer, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Giorgio Galli, Christopher Gerty or Ethan Watts, Spencer Hack or Kota Sato, Emma Hawes, Kathryn Hosier, Stephanie Hutchison, Rui Huang, Peng-Fei Jiang, Miyoko Koyasu, Greta Hodgkinson or Svetlana Lunkina, Alexandra MacDonald, Antonella Martinelli, Evan McKie or Ben Rudisin, Chelsy Meiss, Siphesihle November, Jaclyn Oakley, Heather Ogden, Brent Parolin, Félix Paquet, Tina Pereira, Meghan Pugh, Sonia Rodriguez, Jenna Savella, Brendan Saye, Calley Skalnik, Robert Stephen, Dylan Tedaldi, Donald Thom, Nan Wang, Chae Eun Yang

All casting subject to change.

More information about the Hamburg Tour >

More information about the Nijinsky Gala >


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The National Ballet of Canada’s Performances in Hamburg are generously supported by Gretchen Ross & Donald Ross, O.C.

Lead philanthropic support for The Dreamers Ever Leave You is provided by The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada 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.

The Man in Black and Emergence are generously supported by Gail Hutchison.

BMO presents Anna Karenina

Lead philanthropic support for Anna Karenina is generously provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey 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.

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.

Francesco Gabriele Frola is sponsored through Dancers First by Sherry and Edward Drew.

Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.

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.

Evan McKie is sponsored through Dancers First by Simona Shnaider.

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

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

Emma Hawes is sponsored through Dancers First by JJ Dayot & Rick Schiralli.

Alexandra MacDonald is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

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

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

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

Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin Robinson.

Christopher Gerty is sponsored through Dancers First by Ms. Nancy Viner & Dr. Raymond Stein.

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

Félix Paquet is sponsored through Dancers First by Stephen Delaney & Robyn McCallum.

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

Giorgio Galli is sponsored through Dancers First by Anne-Marie Canning.

Peng-Fei Jiang is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

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

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

Meghan Pugh is sponsored through Dancers First by Cornell Wright & Sarah McEvoy.

Kota Sato is sponsored through Dancers First by Tony Arrell, C.M. & Anne Arrell.

Ethan Watts is sponsored through Dancers First by Robbie Pryde.

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 Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Ontario through the Honourable Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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