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.
James Kudelka’s restless, wonderfully fertile choreographic imagination has never ceased to surprise audiences with the conceptually bold, stylistically varied and emotionally complex ballets it brings forth. The Man in Black is an especially vivid example of the choreographer’s ability to find fresh and challenging modes of expression. Set to six songs performed by the late country and western giant Johnny Cash – In My Life, Four Strong Winds, Sam Hall, If You Could Read My Mind, Hurt and Further On (Up The Road) – the work for one female and three male dancers is by turns haunting, funny, anguished and touching, an utterly arresting work by one of today’s finest dancemakers. The choreography re-configures several popular country and western dance styles and the fluid partnering and structural groupings that result generate a sequence of striking poetic images that merge seamlessly with the dark, plangent yearning of the songs.
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.
“Emergence is a beautifully crafted, mysterious, impressionistic piece”The Globe and Mail
The Dreamers Ever Leave You
“The Dreamers Ever Leave You brings ballet closer to audiences than ever.” —Toronto Star
The Man in Black
“Only such a master of his craft as Kudelka could draw from the vernacular of American country-western dance styles to create a work so inventive... It’s a dance you could see time and again, knowing you’d discover some new layer at every viewing.” —Toronto Star
“Absolute killer... heartbreaking” —The Vancouver Sun
“The vernacular is masculine and casual... but the movement is also beautifully sculptural and emotionally frank.” —The Georgia Straight
“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)
The Dreamers Ever Leave You
Concept and Choreography:
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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 Producers’ Circle.
The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Susanne Boyce & Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M., Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, 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, 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., Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan, Sandra Simpson and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.
The Man in Black
James Kudelka, O.C.
Johnny Cash **
Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell for Hoax Couture
Trad A Burns
** All by arrangement with Universal Music Canada.
“In My Life” (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) Sony ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
“Four Strong Winds”(Ian Tyson) © 1963 Warner Bros. Inc. All Rights Reserved
“Sam Hall” (Arranged by John R. Cash) Song of Cash, Inc.
“If You Could Read My Mind” (Gordon Lightfoot) © Copyright 1969 Early Morning Music, Canada.
“Hurt” (Trent Reznor) Leaving Hope Music/TVT Music, Inc. (ASCAP). Administered by Leaving Hope Music, Inc.
“Further On (Up The Road)” (Bruce Springsteen) © 2002 Bruce Springsteen (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.
The Man in Black is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.
Jay Gower Taylor
Emergence is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.
The National Ballet of Canada’s performances in Hamburg are generously supported by Gretchen Ross & Donald Ross, O.C.
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