Modern Masterpieces

Modern Masterpieces

Overview

Experience the work of today’s leading choreographers in Modern Masterpieces, featuring excerpts from our recent repertoire. First is Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1, the third part of his Shostakovich Trilogy honouring Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Next, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, a playful interpretation of sexual climax as a “small death.” Finally, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, celebrating the physicality of the body in dialogue with music, architecture and light.

 

Koto Ishihara and Naoya Ebe with Artists of the Ballet in Piano Concerto #1.

Piano Concerto #1

Things to Know
The Choreographer

Born in St. Petersburg, Alexei Ratmansky is a choreographer and former ballet dancer. He is Artist-in-Residence at American Ballet Theatre and former Artistic Director of The Bolshoi Ballet. He has created new work for ballet companies around the world, including Romeo and Juliet for The National Ballet of Canada in 2011.

The Composer

Dmitri Shostakovich was one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century. His body of work includes ballets, musical comedies and film scores in addition to classical chamber music. He endured periods of censorship and criticism in totalitarian Russia despite his success.

 

Spencer Hack and Tina Pereira in Petite Mort.

Petite Mort

Things to Know
The Choreographer

Jiří Kylián was Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater for nearly 25 years and he founded NDT III, a company devoted to older dancers. After his retirement in 1999, he served as Resident Choreographer until 2009. He has created more than 100 ballets for companies around the world.

The Composer

Born in Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the most influential and popular composers of the 18th century classical period. His diverse body of work includes symphonies, choral music and his ever popular operas.

 

Alexander Skinner, Skylar Campbell and Siphesihle November in Chroma.

Chroma

Things to Know
The Choreographer

English choreographer Wayne McGregor has gained international recognition for his kinetic, interdisciplinary approach to dance. He is Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Artistic Associate at Sadler's Wells Theatre and since 2006, Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet – the first contemporary choreographer ever to hold this position.

The Composer

English composer Joby Talbot has written widely for opera and dance. His collaborations include Wayne McGregor’s Chroma and Entity, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale, both co-productions between The Royal Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada.

 

Casting

Piano Concerto #1

Elena Lobsanova and Brendan Saye
Tina Pereira and Skylar Campbell

Soo Ah Kang, Jimmy Coleman, Christopher Gerty, Kathryn Hosier, Jaclyn Oakley, Genevieve Penn-Nabity, Clare Peterson, Teagan Richman-Taylor, Nicholas Rose, Tene Ward, Ethan Watts, Isaac Wright

The Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra

Piano Soloist:
Zhenya Vitort

Trumpet Soloist:
Richard Sandals

Petite Mort

Tina Pereira and Spencer Hack
Hannah Fischer and Brendan Saye
Greta Hodgkinson and Guillaume Côté
Elena Lobsanova, Jenna Savella

The Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra

Piano Soloist:
Andrei Streliaev

Chroma

Skylar Campbell, Christopher Gerty, Tanya Howard, Svetlana Lunkina, Siphesihle November, Heather Ogden, Brent Parolin, Tina Pereira, Brendan Saye, Alexander Skinner

The Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra

Credits

Piano Concerto #1

Choreography:
Alexei Ratmansky

Staged by:
Felipe Diaz

Music:
Dmitri Shostakovich, Concerto No.1 for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings, Opus 35

Set Design:
George Tsypin

Costume Design:
Keso Dekker

Lighting Design:
Jennifer Tipton

Répétiteur:
Lindsay Fischer

Premiere: American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, New York, October 18, 2012
The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, May 30, 2015

Lead philanthropic support for Piano Concerto #1 is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Producers’ Circle. 

Petite Mort

Choreography:
Jiří Kylián

Staged by:
Roslyn Anderson

Music:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto in A Major (KV 488), Adagio & Piano Concerto in C Major (KV 467)

Set Design:
Jiří Kylián

Costume Design:
Joke Visser

Lighting Design:
Jiří Kylián, Joop Caboort (Realisation)

Technical Consultant:
Joost Biegelaar

Répétiteur:
Rex Harrington

Premiere: Nederlands Dans Theater, Salzburg, Austria, August 23, 1991
The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, November 27, 2019

Chroma

Choreography:
Wayne McGregor

Staged by:
Odette Hughes

Music:
Joby Talbot and Jack White, The White Stripes

Set Design:
John Pawson

Costume Design:
Moritz Junge

Lighting Design:
Lucy Carter

Répétiteur:
Rex Harrington

Premiere: The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, UK, November 17, 2006
The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, November 24, 2010

Chroma is produced in association with The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.

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.

Photos:
Tanya Howard and Christopher Gerty in Chroma. Photo by Johan Persson.
Koto Ishihara and Naoya Ebe with Artists of the Ballet in Piano Concerto #1. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
Spencer Hack and Tina Pereira in Petite Mort. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
Alexander Skinner, Skylar Campbell and Siphesihle November in Chroma. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

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