One of the world’s most-beloved and popular novellas, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince has enthralled and touched millions of readers since its publication in 1943. With its blend of fantasy, allegory and philosophical rumination, it has charmed children and fascinated adults as few other books have, touching a common chord wherever it is read.
Now, The National Ballet of Canada’s Principal Dancer and Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté adapts Le Petit Prince as his first full-length ballet. Working with renowned theatre/opera/ballet designer Michael Levine, with an original score by Kevin Lau, Mr. Côté brings to choreographic life the story of the aviator who encounters in the desert the enigmatic Little Prince and learns of his travels through the universe and of the wondrous, perplexing and illuminating people he has met. As visionary a work as the book it is based on, the ballet presents for audiences young and old a portrait of humanity in all its wisdom, folly and mystery.
Based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Set and Costume Designer:
Guillaume Côté and Michael Levine
Produced and commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada.
Produced by special arrangement and with the permission of Editions Gallimard
Michael A. Levine, Esq.
Leadership support for Le Petit Prince has been generously provided by Emmanuelle Gattuso and Allan Slaight.
Additional philanthropic support for Le Petit Prince is provided by The Producers’ Circle: Mark & Gail Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Susanne Boyce & Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Emmanuelle Gattuso & Allan Slaight, 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, Joan & Jerry 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 invites you to attend the Le Petit Prince Ballet Talk 45 minutes before every show in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
Enhance your experience and learn more about our productions from Lindsay Fischer, Artistic Director, YOU dance/Ballet Master.
The National Ballet is proud to collaborate with Guillaume Côté at this pivotal moment in his career and to develop a new work proudly made in Canada. Help bring this internationally beloved tale to life.
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Top image credit: Dylan Tedaldi in Le Petit Prince. Photo Barbara Cole.