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Physical Thinking: All William Forsythe Programme Opens the Summer Season

May 23, 2019

Casting Announced

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the casting for Physical Thinking, an all William Forsythe programme featuring the company premieres of The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Approximate Sonata 2016, with the return of The Second Detail. Physical Thinking opens the National Ballet’s Summer Season June 1 – 8, 2019 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. #PhysicalThinkingNBC

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, a demanding work created in 1996 for Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt company, is set to the final movement of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony with costumes by Stephen Galloway. The opening night performance on June 1 will feature Principal Dancers Naoya Ebe and Harrison James, First Soloist Chelsy Meiss and Corps de Ballet members Hannah Galway and Calley Skalnik.

Approximate Sonata 2016 is set to a minimalist piano score by Forsythe’s long-time collaborator, Thom Willems, with costumes by Mr. Galloway. The opening night performance of Approximate Sonata 2016, which Forsythe has called “an essay on the nature of pas de deux in the mid-20th century”, will feature Principal Dancers Sonia Rodriguez and Svetlana Lunkina, First Soloists Hannah Fischer and Tanya Howard, Second Soloists Christopher Gerty, Spencer Hack and Félix Paquet and Corps de Ballet member Kota Sato.

Quintessentially Forsythe, The Second Detail was originally created for The National Ballet of Canada in 1991 to music by Mr. Willems. Rigorous and playful, the work experiments with tempo, group dynamics and symmetry, examining the meaning of ballet.

Casting:

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

Hannah Galway, Chelsy Meiss, Calley Skalnik
Naoya Ebe, Harrison James
(June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm)

Hannah Galway, Jeannine Haller, Jordana Daumec
Skylar Campbell, Brendan Saye
(June 2 at 2:00 pm)

Tirion Law, Tina Pereira, Jordana Daumec
Siphesihle November, Félix Paquet
(June 6 at 7:30 pm)

Hannah Galway, Jeannine Haller, Hannah Fischer
Skylar Campbell, Brendan Saye
(June 7 at 7:30 pm)

Tirion Law, Chelsy Meiss, Calley Skalnik
Siphesihle November, Donald Thom 
(June 8 at 2:00 pm)

Approximate Sonata 2016

1st & 5th Sonata
Sonia Rodriguez and Spencer Hack (June 1, 5, 6 at 7:30 pm/June 8 at 2:00 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez and Donald Thom (June 2 at 2:00 pm)
Jenna Savella and Donald Thom (June 7 at 7:30 pm)

2nd Sonata
Hannah Fischer and Christopher Gerty (June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm)
Xiao Nan Yu and Brent Parolin (June 2 at 2:00 pm)
Xiao Nan Yu and Brendan Saye (June 6 at 7:30 pm/June 8 at 2:00 pm)
Antonella Martinelli and Brent Parolin (June 7 at 7:30 pm)

3rd Sonata
Svetlana Lunkina and Félix Paquet (June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm/June 8 at 2:00 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson and Kota Sato (June 2 at 2:00 pm/ June 6 at 7:30 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson and Ben Rudisin (June 7 at 7:30 pm)

4th Sonata
Tanya Howard and Kota Sato (June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm/June 8 at 2:00 pm)
Chelsy Meiss and Guillaume Côté (June 2 at 2:00 pm/June 7 at 7:30 pm)
Jenna Savella and Trygve Cumpston (June 6 at 7:30 pm)

The Second Detail

Jordana Daumec or Sonia Rodriguez or Hannah Fischer, Tanya Howard or Stephanie Hutchison or Andreea Olteanu, Rui Huang or Calley Skalnik or Jeannine Haller, Antonella Martinelli or Selene Guerrero-Trujillo or Hannah Galway, Chelsy Meiss or Mallory Mehaffey, Heather Ogden or Kathryn Hosier or Tirion Law, Jenna Savella or Greta Hodgkinson or Jillian Vanstone

Jack Bertinshaw or Brent Parolin, Skylar Campbell or Donald Thom or Spencer Hack, Siphesihle November or Naoya Ebe or Joe Chapman, Ben Rudisin or Harrison James or Guillaume Côté, Kota Sato or Jimmy Coleman or Alexander Skinner, Brendan Saye or Giorgio Galli or Christopher Gerty, Nan Wang or Félix Paquet or Nicholas Rose

All casting subject to change.

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Thomson Reuters presents Physical Thinking

The National Ballet of Canada dedicates Physical Thinking to the memory of cherished leader, philanthropist, volunteer and friend Sandra Faire.

The Second Detail is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

Lead philanthropic support for The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Approximate Sonata 2016 is generously provided by Sandra Simpson, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Estate of Douglas Gardner, with additional support from The Producers’ Circle.
 
The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip 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 and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.

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.

Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.

Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.

Elena Lobsanova is sponsored through Dancers First by Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan.

Svetlana Lunkina is sponsored through Dancers First by Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C.

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

Jillian Vanstone is sponsored through Dancers First by George & Kathy Dembroski.

Jordana Daumec is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

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

Tanya Howard is sponsored through Dancers First by Nancy Pencer.

Chelsy Meiss is sponsored through Dancers First by Diana St. B. Weatherall.

Tina Pereira is sponsored through Dancers First by The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C.

Jenna Savella is sponsored through Dancers First by Elvio & Marlene DelZotto.

Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin Vaile Robinson.

Christopher Gerty is sponsored through Dancers First by Ms. Nancy Viner & Dr. Raymond Stein.

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

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

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

Giorgio Galli is sponsored through Dancers First by Anne-Marie Canning.

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

Andreea Olteanu is sponsored through Dancers First by Devida & Derek Smith.

Kota Sato is sponsored through Dancers First by Tony Arrell, C.M. & Anne Arrell.

Calley Skalnik is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

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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