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The National Ballet of Canada Tours to Moscow and St. Petersburg to Perform at Diana Vishneva’s Context Festival

August 24, 2018

October 15 – 19, 2018

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada and Barry Hughson, Executive Director today announced the company will tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia for the first time in its history. The National Ballet will perform at the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow (October 15 and 16) and the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg (October 19) as part of Diana Vishneva’s Context festival. The company will tour a mixed programme of Paz de la Jolla by Justin Peck, Being and Nothingness by Guillaume Côté and Crystal Pite’s Emergence, October 15 – 19, 2018.

It is an honour to be invited to this prestigious festival and to tour to Russia for the first time. I am pleased to showcase two Canadian works by renowned Canadian choreographers Crystal Pite and our own Choreographic Associate and Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté, as well as a piece by American choreographer Justin Peck,” said Ms. Kain. “The rich programme showcases the unique artistry of our company and is a continuation of the company’s commitment to showcase our work on the international stage.”

Music Director and Principal Conductor David Briskin will conduct the Stanislavsky Orchestra in Moscow and the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg.

Context, an international festival, was founded by Diana Vishneva, Principal Dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet. The annual festival features new works, collaborations and critically acclaimed productions created by both recognized and emerging choreographers.

More information on Context >

The tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg continues to expand the National Ballet’s international reach. In July, the company performed in Hamburg and toured to London and Paris in October, 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. In the last three years the National Ballet has also performed in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco.

This fall, the National Ballet’s 2018/19 season in Toronto opens 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-production between the National Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet.

More information on the tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg >

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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 is a 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.

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

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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