The Winter Season opens with a trio of ballets by three acclaimed Canadian choreographers. The Dreamers Ever Leave You is Robert Binet’s captivating response to the paintings of legendary Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris. Harris’ work is famous not just for distilling the austere beauty of Canada’s northern landscapes, but for conveying the deep, almost mystical power that those landscapes hold. In his ballet, Binet seeks to replicate that same spiritual energy through the controlled physicality of the human body.
The title is taken from "Little Houses", a poem from Lawren Harris's only book of poetry, published in 1922:
The dreamers ever leave you –
They hear a vague, far cry,
Perhaps the call of some vacant, high place,
So often only the wailing of a beckoning pain,
But the dreamers ever leave you.
James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons is one of the most fervently admired and broadly embraced masterpieces in the National Ballet’s contemporary repertoire. Set to Vivaldi’s famous violin concerti, the work traverses the full range of experience in a man’s life, from the freshness and innocence of Spring, to the exuberance of Summer, to the reflective melancholy of Autumn, to Winter’s stark intimations of mortality. The Four Seasons is a work of stunning emotional breadth and breathtaking choreographic invention.
Crystal Pite’s Emergence was the sensation of the season when it premiered with the National Ballet in 2009. Subsequent stagings have shown it has lost none of its power to provoke, startle and intrigue. The work posits the instinct for social organization found in the insect realm as a precise metaphor for human interaction and purpose, with swarms and waves of dancers recreating in a dimly-lit, subterranean hive the intricate forms and patterns of life that seem to unite both the natural and human-made worlds.
“The Four Seasons is a masterpiece of our time… Only Mr. Kudelka can infuse passion into virtuosity in this way.”The New York Times
The Dreamers Ever Leave You
“The Dreamers Ever Leave You is a thrilling, immersive ballet…a remarkable and moving experience.” —The Globe and Mail
“The Dreamers Ever Leave You brings ballet closer to audiences than ever.” —Toronto Star
The Four Seasons
“Simply the greatest Canadian contemporary ballet. Everything – Kudelka’s marriage of choreographer, music and theme – is perfection.” —The Globe and Mail
“A brilliant ballet, filled with complex and unexpected choreographic twists. The partnering is dazzling. And when Kudelka moves groups of dancers, it's mesmerizing – like being able to see a wind curling through a forest" — Detroit Free Press
“A beautifully crafted, mysterious, impressionistic piece that captures the hidden world of insects, and can also stand as a metaphor for human existence.” —The Globe and Mail
“Pite's Emergence offers a contemplation of human and insect activities – the swarm as social group; the hive as home – and makes its points well” —Financial Times (UK)
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)
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
The Dreamers Ever Leave You
Concept and Choreography:
Pianist and Composer:
Originally co-produced by The National Ballet of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Lead philanthropic support for The Dreamers Ever Leave You is provided by The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producer's Circle.
The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, 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. and Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan.
The Four Seasons
James Kudelka, O.C.
TRAC COSTUME: Carmen Alie and Denis Lavoie
Projections and Scenic Effects:
The Four Seasons is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.
Jay Gower Taylor
Emergence is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.
The National Ballet invites you to attend the Ballet Talk 45 minutes before every show in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
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