World Premiere

Swan Lake

Directed and Staged by Karen Kain

June 5—21, 2020

World Premiere

Swan Lake

Directed and Staged by Karen Kain

June 5—21, 2020

About the Ballet

To mark her 50th anniversary with The National Ballet of Canada, Artistic Director Karen Kain directs and stages a new production of one of classical ballet’s most seminal and revered works, Swan Lake. Basing her new approach on Erik Bruhn’s landmark version of the ballet, a version she performed to unforgettable acclaim as a dancer, Kain accentuates the romantic core of the ballet and the love story that provides it with its powerful emotional life and which has made the work the enduring classic that it has been for generations of audiences.

With stunning new sets and costumes by renowned designer Gabriela Týlešová and lighting by multi-Tony Award winner Natasha Katz, this fresh and vibrant staging of Swan Lake retains all of the mystery, tragic feeling and rich psychological undercurrents that form such an inextricable part of the ballet’s thematic texture. It also brings its symbolic elements to fuller dramatic life through attentive characterization and an unerring evocation of the inner power and radiance of its narrative and choreography. A fitting celebration of a great ballet and a tribute to and from one of Canadian ballet’s greatest artists.

2019/20 Season Announcement

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Hannah Fischer and Karen Kain at a Swan Lake photo shoot. Photo by Karolina Kuras.


 

Reviews

“At this point in my career, 50 years on, the thing that continues to drive me is my love for the art form and for the National Ballet. Swan Lake has been a huge part of my artistic life and holds a special place in my heart. With this new staging, I want to accentuate the romantic core and the love story that provides the ballet with its powerful, emotional life.” —Artistic Director Karen Kain

Credits

Directed and Staged by:
Karen Kain, C.C., LL.D., D.Litt., O.Ont. after Erik Bruhn, Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa

Additional Choreography and Staging by:
Christopher Stowell and Robert Binet

Music:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Set, Property and Costume Design:
Gabriela Týlešová

Lighting Design:
Natasha Katz

Lead philanthropic support for Swan Lake is provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, Richard Ivey, C.C., The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation and Nancy Pencer, with additional support from The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers’ 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, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, 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.

Swan Lake is produced and commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada.

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