Etudes

with Piano Concerto #1
& Petite Mort

November 27—December 1, 2019

Etudes

with Piano Concerto #1
& Petite Mort

November 27—December 1, 2019
Buy Tickets

About the Ballets

Harald Lander’s Etudes is an exhilarating tribute to the art form of classical dance that traces the development of a ballet class. Beginning with a simple warm-up, the dancers perform a progressively more complex and technically difficult series of exercises. A veritable encyclopedia of ballet technique, each movement, turn, jump, and even foot position in Etudes is carefully revealed for the audience.

Originally created for The Royal Danish Ballet, Lander’s beautifully choreographed sequences mount with excitement culminating in a spectacular display of pure virtuosity. From adagio and pas de deux to the sheer virtuosity of allegro, the ballet culminates in a riveting finale with the entire company on stage.

Piano Concerto #1 is the final section of Alexei Ratmansky’s magisterial Shostakovich Trilogy, a work that premiered in 2013. The ballet as a whole is an homage to the life and work of the renowned Soviet composer and his ceaseless struggles against the dictates of Stalinist ideology. The final section stands on its own as perhaps the most abstract and hopeful of the three segments, with some of the most dynamic and exuberant choreography Ratmansky has yet created.

Jiří Kylián originally created Petite Mort for the 1991 Salzburg Festival to mark the second centenary of the death of Mozart. The work, for six men and six women, is in many ways the quintessence of the great Czech choreographer’s style. Using movements from two of Mozart’s most famous piano concertos, the work masterfully evokes both the intense yearning and the latent eroticism of the music, with the cast dramatizing with both passion and vulnerability the famously ambiguous implications of the work’s title.

“[Etudes is...] Bold and exquisite… an explosive dance kaleidoscope that is nothing short of breathtaking.” Toronto Sun

Etudes

Etudes View Gallery

Reviews

Etudes

“A quintessential homage to a dancer’s classical training.” —The Hamilton Spectator

Piano Concerto #1

“Fascinating, poetic, enigmatic and bittersweet… powerfully charged” —The New York Times

“Extraordinary... Ratmansky is so fluent in the language of ballet that he makes us understand it better” —The Globe and Mail

Petite Mort

Petite Mort posits sex and death as metaphysical equivalents, with the steel-etched duets. …Kylián’s choreography merges a quivering, slicing ferocity with a baroque vocabulary of entwining, coiling seduction” —The Guardian

“It’s short, sweet, and funny, a real crowd pleaser.” —Critical Dance

Credits

Etudes

Choreography:
Harald Lander

Staged by:
Thomas Lund

Music:
Carl Czerny, arranged and orchestrated by Knudäge Riisager

Set Design:
Georg Schlogl

Lighting Design:
Harald Lander

Artistic Advisor:
Lise Lander

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

Piano Concerto #1

Choreography:
Alexei Ratmansky

Staged by:
Felipe Diaz

Music:
Dmitri Shostakovich

Set Design:
George Tsypin

Costume Design:
Keso Dekker

Lighting Design:
Jennifer Tipton

Lead philanthropic support for Piano Concerto #1 is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet 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, 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, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.

Petite Mort Company Premiere

Choreography:
Jiří Kylián

Staged by:
Roslyn Anderson

Music:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Set Design:
Jiří Kylián

Costume Design:
Joke Visser

Lighting Design:
Jiří Kylián, Joop Caboort (Realisation)

Technical Consultant:
Kees Tjebbes

 

Subscriptions Onsale Now!

Subscribe

Karen Kain – 50 Glorious Years

2019/20 marks Artistic Director Karen Kain’s 50th anniversary with The National Ballet of Canada.

Celebrate With Us

Delve Deeper

Visit our news section, Ballet News + for a more in-depth look at all of our productions.

Visit Ballet News+

Ballet Talks

The National Ballet invites you to attend the Ballet Talk 45 minutes before every performance in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Email Newsletter

Be the first to know when casting is announced by signing up for Ballet News.

Sign Up Today