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The National Ballet of Canadas First Performance in Russia to be Livestreamed

October 12, 2018

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada and Barry Hughson, Executive Director today announced that the company’s first performance in Moscow will be livestreamed across Russia on Yandex. The free livestream will take place on October 15, 2018 direct from The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre in Moscow where the National Ballet will perform a mixed programme to a sold-out audience as part of Diana Vishneva’s Context festival.

The free livestream is part of an educational partnership between Context festival and Yandex, Russia’s largest search engine. Leading Russian universities and cultural institutions have also collaborated with Yandex providing materials and academic research on this new initiative. 

The National Ballet will perform Paz de la Jolla by Justin Peck, Being and Nothingness by Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté and Crystal Pite’s Emergence. Paz de la Jolla and Being and Nothingness will be livestreamed on the opening night. The company then travels to St. Petersburg to perform at The Mariinsky II, October 19, 2018, also as part of Context festival. The National Ballet’s Music Director and Principal Conductor David Briskin will conduct The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre Orchestra in Moscow and The Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg.

Ms. Kain will be part of ContextSpeaks, the festival’s conversation series, prior to the opening night performance in Moscow on October 15, 2018 at the Stanislavsky Music Theatre. The National Ballet’s Associate Artistic Director Christopher Stowell will lead a masterclass event at Context PRO on October 18, 2018 in St. Petersburg at the Diana Vishneva Context Studio, New Holland Island.

Founded by Diana Vishneva, Principal Dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet, the annual Context festival features contemporary new works as well as critically acclaimed productions. Founded in 2013, the festival has presented works of the most renowned contemporary choreographers, including Martha Graham, Jiří Kylián, Maurice Béjart, Mats Ek, Marco Goecke and Aszure Barton.

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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-operation between the National Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet.

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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.

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.

Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.

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

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

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

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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