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Karen Kain’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations

The 2019/20 season marks Artistic Director Karen Kain’s 50th anniversary with The National Ballet of Canada. The company will celebrate this very special milestone all season long and you can participate with us.

Follow us on social as we share Karen’s 50 most memorable moments from the past five decades.

ICON: 50 Years of Karen Kain
ICON, an exhibit that celebrated Artistic Director Karen Kain’s 50th anniversary with The National Ballet of Canada was on display at Campbell House Museum in Toronto. Created in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Museum Studies programme, ICON featured costumes, photos and videos from the National Ballet’s archive. Here is information and images from the exhibit.

Hot Docs
The beauty of ballet on the big screen. The National Ballet of Canada and Hot Docs presented a series of ballet documentaries this season.

Screenings included:
Introduction by Principal Dancer Jurgita Dronina 

Mr. Gaga
Introduction by Principal Dancer Skylar Campbell

La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet
Introduction by Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson

Karen Kain: Dancing in the Moment
Q&A with Karen Kain and Producer and former Principal Dancer Veronica Tennant

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award
Karen is the first Canadian to be honoured by the Royal Academy of Dance with the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award. Past recipients have included Frederick Ashton, Marie Rambert, Kenneth MacMillan, Rudolf Nureyev, Maina Gielgud and Carlos Acosta. The award was presented at the Genée International Ballet Competition in Toronto at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on August 29, 2019.

50 Schools for 50 Years
In honour of Karen’s 50th anniversary, The National Ballet of Canada will directly reach 50 schools all across the Greater Toronto Area through Community Engagement programmes such as YOU dance, Share the Magic, Dance About, Specialist High Skills Major and Student Matinees.

More on Education and Outreach

TTC Celebrates Karen’s 50th
The TTC celebrates Karen’s 50th anniversary with a timeline at Osgoode Station, under the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Karen Kain at Osgoode Station


Stay tuned for additional programming.

Karen’s Career Timeline
Learn about the significant highlights in Karen’s career over the past five decades.

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Your Favourite Karen Memory

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You can also share your memories on social @nationalballet.