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Made in Canada Opens Winter Season

February 16, 2018

Casting Announced
February 28 – March 4, 2018

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the casting for Made in Canada, a trio of ballets by three acclaimed Canadian choreographers, James Kudelka, Crystal Pite and Robert Binet. Made in Canada opens the Winter Season on February 28, 2018 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Hailed as a “masterpiece of our time” by The New York Times, The Four Seasons by James Kudelka is a powerful exploration of the seasons of a man’s life, set to Vivaldi’s renowned baroque concerti of the same name. The opening night cast will feature Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté as A Man, Principal Dancer Jillian Vanstone as Spring, Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson as Summer, First Soloist Jenna Savella as Autumn and Principal Dancer Xiao Nan Yu as Winter. Making their debuts this season in the role of A Man are First Soloist Brendan Saye and Corps de Ballet member Christopher Gerty. First Soloist Jordana Daumec makes her debut as Spring, First Soloist Emma Hawes debuts as Summer and debuting as Autumn are First Soloists Tanya Howard and Hannah Fischer.

Emergence is a provocative, visually stunning work by Vancouver-based choreographer Crystal Pite. The riveting, dark-hued work casts a swarming, scurrying group of dancers, insect-like, in an eerily subterranean universe. When it premiered in 2009, Emergence won four Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Choreography, Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition by Owen Belton.

The Dreamers Ever Leave You is Robert Binet’s captivating response to the paintings of Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris, whose paintings distilled the austere beauty of Canada’s northern landscape. In his ballet, Mr. Binet seeks to replicate that same spiritual energy through the controlled physicality of the human body. The Dreamers Ever Leave You, set to music composed and performed by Lubomyr Melnyk, was originally created as a co-production with the Art Gallery of Ontario and recently toured to London, England, where it was performed by dancers from both the National Ballet and The Royal Ballet.

Principal Casting

The Dreamers Ever Leave You

Skylar Campbell, Naoya Ebe, Hannah Fischer, Spencer Hack, Emma Hawes,
Rui Huang, Harrison James, Elena Lobsanova, Alexandra MacDonald, Heather Ogden, Félix Paquet, Jenna Savella, Brendan Saye
(February 28, March 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 pm)

Jack Bertinshaw, Peng-Fei Jiang, Miyoko Koyasu, Svetlana Lunkina, Heather Ogden, Ben Rudisin, Calley Skalnik, Robert Stephen, Dylan Tedaldi, Jillian Vanstone, Laurynas Vejalis, Chae Eun Yang, Xiao Nan Yu (March 1, 3, 4 at 2:00 pm)

The Four Seasons

A Man
Guillaume Côté (February 28, March 2, 3 at 7:30 pm)
Brendan Saye* (March 1, 3 at 2:00 pm)
Christopher Gerty* (March 1 at 7:30 pm/March 4 at 2:00 pm)

Spring
Jillian Vanstone (February 28, March 2, 3 at 7:30 pm)
Jordana Daumec* (March 1, 3 at 2:00 pm)
Chelsy Meiss (March 1 at 7:30 pm/March 4 at 2:00 pm)

Summer
Greta Hodgkinson (February 28, March 2, 3 at 7:30 pm)
Emma Hawes* (March 1, 3 at 2:00 pm)
Heather Ogden (March 1 at 7:30 pm/March 4 at 2:00 pm)

Autumn
Jenna Savella (February 28, March 2, 3 at 7:30 pm)
Hannah Fischer* (March 1, 3 at 2:00 pm)
Tanya Howard* (March 1 at 7:30 pm/March 4 at 2:00 pm)

Winter
Xiao Nan Yu (February 28, March 2, 3 at 7:30 pm)
Alejandra Perez-Gomez (March 1, 3 at 2:00 pm)
Stephanie Hutchison (March 1 at 7:30 pm/March 4 at 2:00 pm)

Emergence

Jack Bertinshaw, Skylar Campbell, Jimmy Coleman, Jordana Daumec, Naoya Ebe, Hannah Fischer, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Giorgio Galli, Christopher Gerty,
Spencer Hack, Jeannine Haller, Emma Hawes, Kathryn Hosier, Rui Huang,
Harrison James
or Guillaume Côté, Peng-Fei Jiang, Larissa Khotchenkova,
Svetlana Lunkina
or Greta Hodgkinson, Alexandra MacDonald, Chelsy Meiss,
Tiffany Mosher, Siphesihle November, Jaclyn Oakley, Heather Ogden
or Stephanie Hutchison, Andreea Olteanu, Brent Parolin, Félix Paquet, Tina Pereira, Meghan Pugh, Sonia Rodriguez or Tanya Howard, Ben Rudisin, Jenna Savella, Brendan Saye, Calley Skalnik, Robert Stephen, Dylan Tedaldi, Donald Thom, Nan Wang

*Debut

All casting subject to change.

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Lead philanthropic support for The Dreamers Ever Leave You is provided by The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Susanne Boyce & Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M., Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, 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., Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan, Sandra Simpson and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.

The Four Seasons is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

Emergence is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.

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.


Skylar Campbell is sponsored through Dancers First by Tricia Younger.

Hannah Fischer is sponsored through Dancers First by Judy & Bella Matthews.

Francesco Gabriele Frola is sponsored through Dancers First by Sherry and Edward Drew.

Emma Hawes is sponsored through Dancers First by JJ Dayot & Rick Schiralli.

Tanya Howard is sponsored through Dancers First by Nancy Pencer.

Alexandra MacDonald is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

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 Robinson.


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.

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

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

Jaclyn Oakley is sponsored through Dancers First by Renata M. Humphries.

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

Meghan Pugh is sponsored through Dancers First by Cornell Wright & Sarah McEvoy.

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 Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Contact Information

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