Sharing the Stage: Free Outdoor Performances at Harbourfront Centre

August 16 – 20, 2022


July 20, 2022… Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced programming for Sharing the Stage at Harbourfront Centre which includes free outdoor performances on the Concert Stage, dance classes and interactive conversations.

"There is an intentional connectivity in the programming of The National Ballet of Canada’s Sharing the Stage repertoire this August. These works represent both a breadth and a balance of choreographic voices, made manifest by the National Ballet’s artists and by the guest companies that I am honoured to have joining us. We are thrilled to partner with Harbourfront Centre on this initiative. There will be something for everyone, all to be experienced in a unique outdoor setting,” said Muir.

Outdoor Performances by The National Ballet of Canada and Guest Companies

The National Ballet will present five outdoor performances on the Concert Stage, August 16 – 20, 2022. Muir and Robert Binet, Curator and Producer, CreativAction and Special Initiatives, have curated two programmes featuring the National Ballet and four guest companies. The programme will include excerpts from Chroma by Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, a pas de deux from Swan Lake, directed and staged by Karen Kain as well as new CreativAction Micro-Commissions from Natasha Powell and Ethan Colangelo and new works from guest companies Holla Jazz, Rock Bottom Movement, Samantha Sutherland and Tanveer Alam. Live music will be performed by The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and guest musicians.

Performances are free and general admission and are on a first come, first served basis. Information on how to reserve accessible seating will be available at a later date.

Programme A, August 16, 18, 20 at 8:00 pm

Chroma Excerpt 1 and 2 Performed by the National Ballet
Margarita Excerpt Performed by Holla Jazz
4 for 5 by Natasha Powell Performed by the National Ballet
Swan Lake Pas de Deux Performed by the National Ballet
Haazri Performed by Tanveer Alam
After the Rain Performed by the National Ballet

Programme B, August 17, 19 at 8:00 pm
Chroma Excerpt 1 and 2 Performed by the National Ballet
as seen from before by Ethan Colangelo Performed by the National Ballet
kaqwiⱡȼi Performed by Samantha Sutherland
Swan Lake Pas de Deux Performed by the National Ballet
DINO Performed by Rock Bottom Movement

More on the Programmes >

Show + Tell

The National Ballet of Canada hosts Show + Tell at Harbourfront Centre’s Concert Stage, an opportunity to hear directly from dance artists about how they work and create. Meredith Webster, who will stage Alonzo King’s The Collective Agreement presented in the Fall Season, along with guest companies Holla Jazz, Rock Bottom Movement, Samantha Sutherland and Tanveer Alam will host interactive conversations that provide a window into their creative process and dance form, sharing excerpts of their choreography.

Show + Tell takes place on the Concert Stage before every Sharing the Stage performance starting at 7:00 pm. Free and general admission.

Show + Tell Schedule >

Dance With Us

The company is offering free dance classes taught by local artists at Harbourfront Centre’s Stage-in-the-Park from 6:00 pm on each day of Sharing the Stage. All classes are drop-in and vary from tap to Kathak and Jazz to contemporary dance.

Dance With Us Schedule >

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BMO Financial Group presents the 2022/23 Season.

Sharing the Stage is an initiative of Staging Change which is generously funded by the Metcalf Foundation.

CreativAction is supported by Lucille & Urban Joseph, O.C.

Lead philanthropic support for Swan Lake is provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, with generous underwriting from Richard M. Ivey, C.C., an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C., Pamela and Paul Austin and The P. Austin Family Foundation, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Nancy Pencer, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Lawrence Schafer Foundation, Gretchen Ross & Donald Ross, O.C., Anne-Marie Canning, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Tim & Frances Price, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada, Kevin Garland & Roger Garland, C.M. and Aaron & Heather Regent. Additional support provided by The Producers’ Circle. 

  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 also acknowledges support for Swan Lake provided by Sylvie Allard & Brian O’Keefe, Judi Conacher, Sherry & Edward Drew, The H. John McDonald Foundation and Julie Medland. 

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 Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Kota Sato. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

For more information, please contact:

Catherine Chang
Associate Director, Communications and Content Strategy
416 345 9686 x302
cchang@national.ballet.ca
national.ballet.ca
Anastasia Kolotova
Officer, Communications and Media Relations
416 345 9686 x359
akolotova@national.ballet.ca
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