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Who’s Who: The Characters in Emma Bovary

Dancer Biographies

The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra

The Creative Team Biographies

About the Programme

Hailed as a ‘masterful creator of narrative ballet’, the world premiere of Emma Bovary marks Helen Pickett’s first commission for The National Ballet of Canada. Pickett reimagines Flaubert’s famous novel Madame Bovary from the perspective of Emma herself in this groundbreaking psychological exploration. Emma Bovary is presented with the Canadian premiere of Passion, James Kudelka’s beautifully layered exploration of love, acquired in honour of Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk, who retires after an illustrious 25-year career.

A Note on Passion
Gain insight into this poetic ballet created by James Kudelka.

Helen Pickett and James Bonas on Emma Bovary
Find out why choreographer Helen Pickett and director James Bonas are fascinated with the character of Emma Bovary and wanted to tell the full spectrum of her story. Learn how their combined interest in cinematic storytelling and multi-disciplinary performance informed this unique adaptation of Flaubert’s famous novel Madame Bovary.

Celebrating Piotr Stanczyk’s Brilliant 25-Year Career

A Q&A With Piotr Stanczyk
This fall, Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk retires from The National Ballet of Canada, leaving a legacy of powerful performances, beautiful partnerships and commitment to the art of dance. Learn why Piotr chose Passion as his farewell performance and what is next for this brilliant artist.



Exploring Emma: Helen Pickett and James Bonas on Creating Emma Bovary

Building the World of Emma Bovary

A Passionate Journey: Piotr Stanczyk on a Life in Dance

The Company

Dancer Biographies
The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra

Hope Muir
Barry Hughson
David Briskin

Board of Directors

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