Angels’ Atlas by Crystal Pite a Critical and Box Office Success!
March 9, 2020... Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, and Barry Hughson, Executive Director, today announced that the world premiere of Angels’ Atlas by international choreographic sensation Crystal Pite surpassed box office projections, bringing in over $1 million in ticket sales with 14,528 people in attendance. The highest grossing mixed programme in the company’s history since West Side Story Suite in 2007, Angels’ Atlas was presented with Wayne McGregor’s electrifying Chroma and the company premiere of Marguerite and Armand by Frederick Ashton and received a rapturous response from audiences and critics alike.
“Human yearning is evoked powerfully onstage… Crystal Pite has a gift for bringing out the very best in dancers.” – Toronto Star
“A glimpse into the infinite... Angels’ Atlas explores the human condition to rapturous choral music and ingenious lighting design.” — The Globe and Mail
“Pite has created another masterpiece.” — Ludwig van Toronto
“Mind-blowingly good.” – CP24
Angels’ Atlas is Ms. Pite’s second work for the National Ballet, following the creation of Emergence in 2009, and featured an inventive reflective light backdrop designed by Jay Gower Taylor and Tom Visser, original music by Owen Belton with additional music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Morten Lauridsen and costumes by Nancy Bryant. The eight-show run was onstage February 29 – March 7, 2020 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
The National Ballet will next perform Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet, commissioned by Ms. Kain in 2011 to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary, March 11 – 22, 2020.
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Angels' Atlas is produced and commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada.
Angels' Atlas is a co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and Ballett Zürich.
Philanthropic support for Angels’ Atlas is generously provided by An Anonymous Donor, Rosamond Ivey, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The Producers’ Circle, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Gail Hutchison Fund.
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.
Chroma is produced in association with The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.
Lead philanthropic support for Romeo and Juliet is provided by Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., with additional generous support from Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and Walter Carsen, O.C.
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 Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.