Following the stunning international success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the renowned British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon returns with a ballet every bit as lavishly imagined, boldly expressed and consummately entertaining as the earlier work. Turning again to a classic work of English literature for inspiration, Mr. Wheeldon has adapted The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s late romance that combines elements of fairy-tale, comedy, tragedy and fantasy, all of which the ballet embraces with the same inventive staging, astute characterization and precise emotional register for which the choreographer is so admired.
Working again with Joby Talbot and Bob Crowley, who supplied respectively the music and set and costumes for Alice, Mr. Wheeldon has created a rich and moving correlative in dance to the original play, a complex and subtle, but always engaging and deeply touching meditation on love, jealousy, the nature of family and the mysteries of art itself.
Hailed as “a major artistic achievement” by Toronto Star and “a triumph” by The Telegraph, The Winter’s Tale premiered in London at the Royal Opera House in April 2014 and in Toronto at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in November 2015. The company toured to Washington, D.C to perform The Winter’s Tale at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in January, 2016. The performances at the Lincoln Centre in July, 2016 mark the New York premiere of this stunning work.
“achieves an extraordinary amount… it takes us on a great arc of emotion and experience, capturing the play’s themes of death and regeneration, hostility and reconciliation... nothing in Mr. Wheeldon’s [The Winter’s Tale] is unworthy of the great original”
The New York Times
“ The Winter’s Tale dazzles with its visual drama, choreography” —The Washington Post
“ The Winter’s Tale: Warm production for a cold winter’s night… exquisite 21st-century ballet that breathes soul and spirit” —DC Merto Theater Arts.com
“ a gripping piece of dance theatre that fully succeeds in realizing the dramatic promise of the elusive Shakespeare play, taking the audience on a wild and emotional rollercoaster ride in the course of its three acts.” —DanceTabs.com
“ ★★★★/4 An operatically epic Shakespearean ballet… a spectacular work that will stand the test of time… packed with inventive steps and spectacular scenic effects” —Toronto Star
All casting subject to change
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Anna Délicia Trévien
Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot
Silk Effects Design:
A co-production between The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet (UK)
Generously supported by The Monument Trust.
Lead philanthropic support for The Winter’s Tale is provided in part by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Producers’ Circle.
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, 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., Sandra Simpson and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, O.C.
The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the generous support of The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C.
The National Ballet is proud to share this powerful work with audiences in New York City during the prestigious Lincoln Center Festival.
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