Apollo & Paquita
& The Sea Above,
The Sky Below

March 1—3 & March 20—21 , 2019

Apollo & Paquita
& The Sea Above,
The Sky Below

March 1—3 & March 20—21 , 2019

About the Ballets

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.

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.

“Simply put, Apollo is on a short list of the greatest ballets ever.” The National Post

Apollo Trailer

Apollo View Gallery

Reviews

Apollo

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

Paquita

“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

Credits

Apollo

Choreography:
George Balanchine

Music:
Igor Stravinsky, Apollon Musagète

Lighting Design:
Robert Thomson

Apollo is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

Paquita

Choreography:
Christopher Stowell, after Marius Petipa

Music:
Ludwig Minkus and Riccardo Drigo, orchestrated by John Lanchbery

Set and Costume Design:
José Varona

Lighting Design:
Robert Thomson

The Sea Above, The Sky Below

Choreography:
Robert Binet

Music:
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5, 4th Movement, Adagietto

Costume Design:
Erdem Moralioglu

Lighting Design:
Jeff Logue

Costume Design by Erdem Moralioglu is generously supported by Suzanne Rogers.

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