Hope Muir’s Inaugural Season Opens With Alonzo King’s The Collective Agreement

Presented With Crepuscular & Concerto
Casting Announced

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November 2, 2022...Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the casting for the Canadian premiere of The Collective Agreement by Alonzo King, mainstage debut of Crepuscular by Vanesa G. R. Montoya and Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto. The programme opens Muir’s inaugural season with the company and is onstage November 9 – 13, 2022 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. #TheCollectiveAgreementNBC #CrepuscularNBC #ConcertoNBC 

In programming my inaugural season for The National Ballet of Canada, I sought opportunities for the company to celebrate our artform as a community on stage. The 2022/23 season includes both beloved classical ballets from our repertoire and introduces exciting new choreographic voices to our artists and our audiences alike,” said Muir. “It has been so uplifting to feel the momentum and enthusiasm building as our dancers broaden their range and deepen their engagement with each ballet, and this triple bill is a perfect reflection of that sentiment. I am especially pleased to present the National Ballet’s first work by the influential and important American choreographer Alonzo King.

A choreographer of “astonishing originality” (The New York Times), Alonzo King is the visionary Founder, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco. He created The Collective Agreement for San Francisco Ballet in 2018 to a commissioned score by jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran and image technology by renowned designer Jim Campbell. A rare opportunity to see King’s work on the Toronto stage, the ballet features 20 dancers in taut duets, solos and sweeping group work that evoke a sense of community and the collective agreement to live together in harmony. 

Twilight is alive with meaning in Crepuscular by Vanesa G. R. Montoya, her first work for The National Ballet of Canada. Set to some of Frédéric Chopin’s most beautiful music for piano, this piece assigns a mystical side to life filled with visions, fears, possibilities and, above all, romance. 

Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto is a beloved abstract ballet in three movements set to Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major. Featuring dazzling ensemble work set against a sun-kissed palette, the ballet is fresh and optimistic. Concerto returns to our stage for the first time in over 32 years and was last performed by the National Ballet in 1990.

Casting

The Collective Agreement

Jurgita Dronina and Harrison James (November 9, 11, 12 at 7:30 pm) 
Tina Pereira and Christopher Gerty (November 10 at 7:30 pm/November 12, 13 at 2:00 pm)

Heather Ogden and Ben Rudisin (November 9, 11, 12 at 7:30 pm) 
Genevieve Penn Nabity and Peng-Fei Jiang (November 10 at 7:30 pm/November 12, 13 at 2:00 pm) 

Crepuscular

Blue Couple
Dark Blue 

Christopher Gerty (November 9, 10, 12 at 7:30 pm/November 13 at 2:00 pm) 
Teagan Richman-Taylor (November 11 at 7:30 pm/November 12 at 2:00 pm)

Light Blue
Jason Ferro (November 9, 10, 12 at 7:30 pm/November 13 at 2:00 pm)
Noah Parets (November 11 at 7:30 pm/November 12 at 2:00 pm) 

Purple Couple 
Isaac Wright and Tene Ward (November 9, 10, 12 at 7:30 pm/November 13 at 2:00 pm) 
Scott McKenzie and Tirion Law (November 11 at 7:30 pm/November 12 at 2:00 pm)

Grey Couple 
Kota Sato and Brenna Flaherty (November 9, 10, 12 at 7:30 pm/November 13 at 2:00 pm) 
Peng-Fei Jiang and Chelsy Meiss (November 11 at 7:30 pm/November 12 at 2:00 pm) 

Dusty Rose Couple
Larkin Miller and Selene Guerrero-Trujillo (November 9, 10, 12 at 7:30 pm/November 13 at 2:00 pm) 
Trygve Cumpston and Arielle Miralles (November 11 at 7:30 pm/November 12 at 2:00 pm) 

Concerto

1st Movement  
Chelsy Meiss, Naoya Ebe (November 9, 11 at 7:30 pm/November 12, 13 at 2:00 pm) 
Koto Ishihara, Siphesihle November (November 10, 12 at 7:30 pm) 

2nd Movement  
Svetlana Lunkina and Peng-Fei Jiang (November 9, 12 at 7:30 pm) 
Miyoko Koyasu, Harrison James (November 10 at 7:30 pm) 
Tina Pereira, Ben Rudisin (November 11 at 7:30 pm/November 13 at 2:00 pm) 
Calley Skalnik, Guillaume Côté (November 12 at 2:00 pm)

3rd Movement  
Jeannine Haller (November 9, 11 at 7:30 pm/November 13 at 2:00 pm) 
Heather Ogden (November 10, 12 at 7:30 pm) 
Jordana Daumec (November 12 at 2:00 pm)

About The Collective Agreement & Crepuscular & Concerto > 

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BMO Financial Group Presents the 2022/23 Season.  

Lead philanthropic support for Crepuscular is provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund 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, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, 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, C.M. & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation. 

Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.   

Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.

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

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

Ben Rudisin is sponsored through Dancers First by Sylvie Allard & Brian O’Keefe.  

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

Jeannine Haller is sponsored through Dancers First by Devida & Derek Smith.  

Chelsy Meiss is sponsored through Dancers First by Anne-Marie Canning.  

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

Noah Parets is sponsored through Dancers First by John Covington Jr & Robert Lukey. 

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

Teagan Richman-Taylor is sponsored through Dancers First by Devida & Derek Smith 

Tene Ward is sponsored through Dancers First by Michelle & Duncan Sinclair. 

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. 

Alonzo King, Tina Pereira and Ben Rudisin in rehearsal for The Collective Agreement. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

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