The National Ballet will tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia for the first time in its history.The National Ballet will perform at the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow on October 15 and 16 and the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on October 19 as part of Diana Vishneva's Context festival.
Music Director and Principal Conductor David Briskin will conduct The Stanislavsky Orchestra in Moscow and the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg.
In his 2013 work Paz de la Jolla, New York City Ballet dancer and Resident Choreographer Justin Peck has created a heartfelt and sun-washed homage to his southern California upbringing. Set to Martinů’s Sinfonietta la Jolla, the ballet is a gorgeously conceived, sweet-natured billet-doux to beach life and young love, the choreography both brisk and languid, salty and sensual, rich in emotional undercurrents and evocative of the pleasures and fears of youth and coming of age.
National Ballet Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté has always brought to the many roles he has performed an unstinting spirit of passionate exploration and emotional honesty. As a Choreographic Associate with the company, those same principles apply. In Being and Nothingness from 2015, he finds in his source material, Jean-Paul Sartre's landmark philosophical work of the same name, questions of freedom, the nature of selfhood and the meaning of existence and illuminates those abstract ideas in his highly expressive, richly physical choreographic style.
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 National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges Margaret Anne Fountain, C.M. and David Glenn Fountain, C.M. as our Exclusive Tour Partners.
Paz de la Jolla
Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
Lead philanthropic support for Paz de la Jolla is provided by The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada, Julie Medland in memory of her husband Ted, and The Producers’ Circle.
Being and Nothingness
Lead philanthropic support for Being and Nothingness is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.
The Producers’ Circle: John & Claudine Bailey, Susanne Boyce & Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M., 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., Sandra Simpson and Noreen Taylor & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.
Jay Gower Taylor
Emergence is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit the Context festival website.
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