MADDADDAM by Wayne McGregor Makes World Premiere

Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy
Original Score by Max Richter
November 23 – 30, 2022

September 15, 2022… Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that rehearsals are underway for MADDADDAM by multi-award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor. Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s celebrated MaddAddam trilogy and featuring a brand new score by McGregor’s frequent collaborator Max Richter, MADDADDAM makes its world premiere in Toronto at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts November 23 – 30, 2022. #MADDADDAMNBC

The ballet triptych features three distinct scenic worlds, brought to life by designer We Not I with bold costumes by Gareth Pugh, lighting wizardry by Lucy Carter, a new film by Ravi Deepres and dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed.

Having been delayed by the pandemic for almost two years, this highly anticipated collaboration between these trailblazing creative forces is the company’s third full-length co-production with The Royal Ballet in London and the first to premiere in Toronto.

“What an adventure finally starting with the National Ballet in the rehearsal studio. It’s been a long wait!” said McGregor. “Margaret Atwood’s vivid and visceral MaddAddam trilogy is a breathtaking challenge for us to dialogue with in dance. Forget virtual reality and augmented reality – Atwood’s imagination always takes us into an immersive reality, and it is in these post-apocalyptic worlds that we are now the movement explorers.”

“I am thrilled to have Wayne in the studio creating with the artists of The National Ballet of Canada. A prolific choreographer and a collaborator with incomparable insight, Wayne is an inspiring force in the studio,” said Muir. “It will be exciting for us all to see MADDADDAM on stage in November. This full-length world premiere draws on talent from across all the departments of the National Ballet and it is an honour to showcase the company in this way in my inaugural season.”

MADDADDAM explores themes of extinction and invention, hubris and humanity, spliced together with aspects of Atwood's activism and her deep connection to the Canadian landscape, past and present.

The internationally acclaimed McGregor is Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet in London, Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor, Artistic Associate at Sadler's Wells Theatre and Director of Dance for the Venice Biennale until 2024. He has previously set two of his works, Chroma and Genus on the National Ballet to great success. The prolific choreographer has ballets in the repertoires of companies around the world including Paris Opéra Ballet, New York City Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 1, The Australian Ballet and more. He is in demand as a choreographer for theatre (Old Vic, National Theatre, Royal Court) opera (La Scala/Royal Opera, ENO), film (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Legend of Tarzan, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 1 & 2, Sing, Mary Queen of Scots, Audrey), music videos (Radiohead, Thom Yorke, The Chemical Brothers) and fashion shows. He recently choreographed ABBA Voyage, the digitally immersive concert experience.


Wayne McGregor’s Biography >

Margaret Atwood’s Biography > 

Max Richter Biography > 

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Lead philanthropic support for MADDADDAM is provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, Rosamond Ivey, The Gail Hutchison Fund, Tim & Frances Price, Gretchen & Donald Ross, O.C. and The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, 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, C.M. & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation 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 Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Photos by Ravi Deepres. 

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