See the Music, Hear the Dance

February 22, 2018

New Ballet Talk Series

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced a new initiative within the popular pre-performance Ballet Talks series, See the Music, Hear the Dance. Led by Principal Conductor and Music Director David Briskin and featuring The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, the new series invites audiences to deepen their knowledge of the musical language of ballet.

See the Music, Hear the Dance will take place prior to the opening night performance of The Sleeping Beauty on March 8, 2018 and on June 22, before a performance of Paz de la Jolla & The Man in Black & Cacti.

The relationship between music and movement is something that is inherent in the experience of a dance performance,” said Mr. Briskin. “See the Music, Hear the Dance is a quote by the great choreographer George Balanchine who was renowned for his musicality and the perfect title for our new Ballet Talks series. The Talks will give audience members a greater understanding and appreciation for the music they are about to experience as well as spotlight the talented musicians in the National Ballet orchestra.”

The National Ballet is one of the few companies in the world to have its own orchestra, admired for the range and versatility of repertoire it performs as well as the theatrical insight and colour it brings to the company’s work onstage.

See the Music, Hear the Dance takes place at 6:25 pm in the auditorium and is free to all ticket holders for the March 8 and June 22 performances.
The Sleeping Beauty is onstage March 8 – 18, 2018 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

More information on The Sleeping Beauty >

David Briskin’s Biography >


The Sleeping Beauty presented by Porsche Cars Canada Ltd.

The Sleeping Beauty is made possible by generous contributions from Margaret Fleck & Jim Fleck, C.C., The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Gretchen Ross and Nancy Pencer & Michael Benjamin.

Cacti & The Man in Black & Paz de la Jolla presented by Deloitte.

Lead philanthropic support for Paz de la Jolla is provided by The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

The Man in Black is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.

Lead philanthropic support for Cacti is made possible by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet 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 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 РDepartment of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable M̩lanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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