George Balanchine’s Apollo is one of the signal moments in both the choreographer’s oeuvre and in the legacy of cultural modernism. The famous collaboration between Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky produced some of ballet’s most legendary works, and perhaps none was as groundbreaking nor realized their aims of a neo-classical art form, as this 1928 ballet. The work almost singlehandedly established a new aesthetic that brought the language of classical ballet into a modern context, merging the past with the future in a way that would alter our conception of ballet forever.
Canadian-born Julia Adam created Night for San Francisco Ballet in 2000. The work’s rapturous reception led the San Francisco Ballet to tour the work to Palais Garnier in Paris, London’s Royal Opera House and City Center in New York, further bolstering Ms. Adam’s reputation as one of North America’s most exciting choreographic voices.
An unabashed celebration of ballet’s virtuosic possibilities, Paquita revels in the dazzling panache, colour and period exoticism of 19th-century classicism. Originally created in 1846, but today performed in Marius Petipa’s version from 1881, the ballet—ostensibly a perfunctory story of a young gypsy girl who is really of royal birth—is less about narrative concerns than it is a breathtaking example of technique raised to the level of spectacle.
The National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic Associate Robert Binet has shown himself to be one of Canada’s most inventive and thoughtful dancemakers, an artist of wonderfully original physical imagination and thematic boldness. The Sea Above, The Sky Below is a captivatingly intricate pas de trois that delighted audiences when it was performed the MAD HOT BALLET Gala in 2017.
“Apollo is an exceptional piece of dance architecture, beautifully danced” — The Globe and Mail
“Nothing was more impressive than the revival of George Balanchine’s legendary Apollo… Apollo’s cool, posed beauty seems as fresh and powerful as ever” — Times Colonist
“Balanchine’s Apollo with music by Stravinsky is filled with beautiful photographic tableaus”. — National Post
“Free-spirited, flirtatious and bubbly… No company in the world could give a more definitive performance of one of the happiest of classics.” — The Globe and Mail
The Sea Above, The Sky Below
“A remarkable piece by choreographer-on-the-rise Robert Binet.” — The Globe and Mail
Igor Stravinsky, Apollon Musagète
Apollo is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.
Lead philanthropic support for Night is generously provided by The Producers’ Circle.
The Producer’s 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.
Christopher Stowell, after Marius Petipa
Ludwig Minkus and Riccardo Drigo, orchestrated by John Lanchbery
Set and Costume Design:
The Sea Above, The Sky Below
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5, 4th Movement, Adagietto
Costume Design by Erdem Moralioglu is generously supported by Suzanne Rogers.
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