Joy of Dance

Joy of Dance

Overview

Rejoice in the thrill and beauty of movement with excerpts from two recent additions to The National Ballet of Canada repertoire: William Forsythe’s supercharged exploration of classical choreography, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and the first movement of Justin Peck’s breezy ode to California, Paz de la Jolla. Together, they exude the warmth and liveliness of spring, and reinforce the sheer pleasure of dance.

Vertiginous Thrill

Naoya Ebe with Harrison James, Calley Skalnik, Hannah Galway and Chelsy Meiss in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude is a compact, virtuosic ballet in which William Forsythe honours and experiments with the great classical choreography of the past. Speed and accuracy are its hallmarks. In just 11 minutes, five dancers perform a cascade of brilliant footwork and stylistic quotes of August Bournonville, Marius Petipa and George Balanchine. Created in 1996, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude is set to Franz Schubert’s Allegro Vivace from Symphony No.9 in C-Major, D944.

Things to Know
The Choreographer

William Forsythe is a prolific and hugely influential dance creator whose works are performed around the world. He was named Resident Choreographer of Stuttgart Ballet in 1976, served as Artistic Director of Ballett Frankfurt (1984 – 2004) and founded The Forsythe Company (2004 – 2015).

The Composer

One of the great composers of the early 19th century, Franz Schubert created an enormous repertoire of work in his short life. Today, he is recognized for bridging the late Classical and early Romantic periods with his vocal music, chamber music, symphonies, works for solo piano and more. 

Paz de la Jolla

Hannah Fischer, Harrison James and Chelsy Meiss with Artists of the Ballet in Paz de la Jolla. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

Paz de la Jolla

Justin Peck created Paz de la Jolla for New York City Ballet in 2013, paying homage to his childhood hometown in Southern California. The ballet evokes a youthful sense of possibility with its sunny, beachside setting, where a pair of lovers and a spirited woman frolic along the shore. But the scene also gestures toward darkness or mystery and the inevitable end of innocence. Paz de la Jolla draws its name from the music of Bohuslav Martinů, the Sinfonietta la Jolla, to which it is set.

Things to Know
The Choreographer

Justin Peck is a Tony Award-winning choreographer, director and dancer. In 2014, he became the second person in history to be appointed Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet. He has created new work for diverse and prestigious organizations around the world, including Paris Opéra Ballet, the Guggenheim Museum and the L.A. Dance Project.

The Composer

Born in 1890, Czech Composer Bohuslav Martinů was enormously prolific throughout his career, creating hundreds of works in multiple genres. Martinů was among the multitude of European refugees who fled to the US at the outbreak of World War II. His six symphonies were among his most popular works, all performed by major US orchestras.
 

Casting

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

Hannah Galway, Chelsy Meiss, Calley Skalnik
Naoya Ebe, Harrison James

The Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra

Paz de la Jolla

Jenna Savella
Emma Hawes and Brendan Saye

Artists of the Ballet

The Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra

Piano Soloist
Andrei Streliaev
 

Credits

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

Choreography:
William Forsythe

Staged by:
Kathryn Bennetts

Music:
Franz Schubert, Allegro Vivace from Symphony No. 9 in C-Major, D944

Set:
William Forsythe

Lighting Design:
Tanja Rühl and William Forsythe

Costume Design:
Stephen Galloway

Répétiteurs:
Christopher Stowell and Lindsay Fischer

Premiere: Ballett Frankfurt, Germany, January, 20, 1996
The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, June 1, 2019

Lead philanthropic support for The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude is generously provided by Sandra Simpson, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Estate of Douglas Gardner, with additional support from The Producers’ Circle.  

Paz de la Jolla

Choreography:
Justin Peck

Staged by:
Christian Tworzyanski

Music:
Bohuslav Martinů

Costume Design:
Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung

Lighting Design:
Mark Stanley

Répétiteur:
Lindsay Fischer

Premiere: New York City Ballet, David H. Koch Theater, January 31, 2013
The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: June 13, 2018

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.

Lead philanthropic support for Spotlight Series is provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, with additional support from The Producers' Circle.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin Garland & Roger Garland, C.M., 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., The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation, Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

The National Ballet Orchestra is supported by the TD Bank Group Orchestra Fund and by members of the Music Circle. 

The Music Circle: John & Claudine Bailey, Nani & Austin Beutel, Peter & Eleanor Daniels, Jeanie A. Davis, Indra & Rags Davloor, The Thor E. Eaton and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Mary & Graham Hallward, William & Ruth Herridge, Anne & Charles Morison, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., John & Susan Rose, Gretchen Ross & Donald Ross, O.C., Noreen Taylor, C.M., & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont. and The Mary-Margaret Webb Foundation.

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