Angels’ Atlas Wins Two Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Crystal Pite for Outstanding Original Choreography 
Jay Gower Taylor for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design 

June 30, 2020 … The National Ballet of Canada's production of Angels' Atlas has won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards in the Dance Division. The 41st annual ceremony took place virtually in Toronto last night with an hour-long online presentation. Choreographer Crystal Pite won a Dora for Outstanding Original Choreography and Scenic Designer Jay Gower Taylor for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design. Angels’ Atlas made its world premiere in Toronto earlier this year at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Angels' Atlas  is a true masterpiece. Crystal has created a work that not only mesmerized audience members but was also a truly inspirational experience for the dancers and all of us at The National Ballet of Canada. With her distinct choreographic voice, she and Jay have created a hauntingly beautiful ballet that explores the power of human connection and the ephemerality of existence, which has particular resonance during the times we are now living in.  I am thrilled that  Angels’ Atlas  has been recognized with two Doras for Outstanding Original Choreography and Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design to celebrate this remarkable achievement,” says Karen Kain, Artistic Director. 

Angels’ Atlas is Ms. Pite’s second work commissioned by the National Ballet. Her first work for the company, Emergence, also designed by Mr. Taylor, was created in 2009 and won four Doras for Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Choreography, Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition. Based in Vancouver, the Olivier Award-winning Ms. Pite is one of the most in demand choreographers at work today. Her own company, Kidd Pivot, was formed in 2001 and she is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre, Associate Choreographer of Netherlands Dance Theatre and recipient of the 2008 Governor General’s Mentorship Award.

Mr. Taylor started in theatre as a professional dancer where he established an international career spanning more than 20 years. As a Scenic Designer, Mr. Taylor has collaborated with Ms. Pite over the last decade, creating onstage environments for her works. 

The Dora Awards reflect a range of work across 7 divisions and 46 categories presented by 146 professional theatre, dance and opera companies in the city of Toronto. 

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Angels’ Atlas is produced and commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada.

Angels’ Atlas is a co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and Ballett Zürich.

Philanthropic support for Angels’ Atlas is generously provided by An Anonymous Donor, Rosamond Ivey, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The Producers’ Circle, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Gail Hutchison Fund.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin Garland & Roger Garland, C.M., Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Anna McCowan Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry & Joan Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation, Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

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 Toronto Arts Council; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, 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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