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MAD HOT BALLET Desert Dream Gala Repertoire Announced

May 15, 2019

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the repertoire for MAD HOT BALLET: Desert Dream. The company’s annual million-dollar fundraising gala takes place on June 12, 2019 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

The gala features a performance of short works that span ballet’s history from Bournonville and Balanchine to choreography by National Ballet Choreographic Associates Robert Binet and Guillaume Côté.

The night begins with Dialogue Dances, a world premiere by Mr. Binet, performed by Principal Dancers Skylar Campbell and Xiao Nan Yu, First Soloist Hannah Fischer and Second Soloist Spencer Hack. The new work will feature original costume design by fashion designer Thomas Tait, specially commissioned for MAD HOT BALLET with music by Polaris Music Prize winning artist Jeremy Dutcher.

Principal Dancers Harrison James and Heather Ogden will perform George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.

An excerpt from Mr. Côté’s Being and Nothingness will be danced by Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson and Second Soloist Ben Rudisin. The work was most recently performed as part of the National Ballet’s tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as the 2018/19 Fall Season in Toronto.

Corps de Ballet members Jeannine Haller and Siphesihle November will perform a Pas de Deux from La Sylphide, choreographed by Erik Bruhn after August Bournonville. The pair performed the piece this past March at The International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize, in which Mr. November won the prize for best male competitor.

The gala performance will conclude with a Pas de Deux from Act III of Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow, performed by Principal Dancers Mr. Côté and Ms. Yu. The Merry Widow will be onstage as part of the National Ballet’s Summer Season, June 19 – 23, and will mark Ms. Yu’s retirement after 22 years with The National Ballet of Canada. 

Following the performance, the gala evening will continue with a themed reception in the lobby and a gala dinner onstage.

CIBC returns as the presenting sponsor of MAD HOT BALLET for the 13th consecutive year in support of the gala and the company.

This year’s gala co-chairs are Rana Florida and Rochelle de Goias.

Tickets are now on sale.

Date and Venue:
June 12, 2019
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto

Tickets:
MAD HOT BALLET VIP Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner
Single Ticket: $1,500
Tables of 10: $25,000 and $15,000
Tickets can be purchased by calling 416 345 1944.

MAD HOT BALLET Performance Party
Single Ticket: From $45
Tickets can be purchased by calling 416 (1 866) 345 9595 or online at madhotballet.ca

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Repertoire, casting and order is subject to change.

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MAD HOT BALLET Presenting Sponsor CIBC.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges Margaret Anne Fountain, C.M. and David Glenn Fountain, C.M. as our Exclusive Tour Partners.

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.

The Producers’ Circle: John & Claudine Bailey, Susanne Boyce & Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M., 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., Sandra Simpson and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.

The International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize is presented by John and Claudine Bailey.

The Merry Widow entered the repertoire through the generosity of The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada, joined by the Rotary Club of Toronto.

Skylar Campbell is sponsored through Dancers First by Tricia Younger.

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.

Heather Ogden is sponsored through Dancers First by Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin.

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

Ben Rudisin is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

Siphesihle November is sponsored through Dancers First by Jerry & Joan Lozinski.

Thomas Tait Design Sponsor and Performance Segment Sponsor: Suzanne Rogers & Rogers Communications Inc.

Performance Segment Sponsors: Laura Rapp & Jay Smith, Chestnut Park Real Estate
 
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 Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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