Spotlight Series

Spotlight Series


Spotlight Series is a curated programme of digital presentations of both new and existing work presented as part of The National Ballet of Canada’s 2020/21 virtual season.

“Curating this series has been a joy as I reflect on our diverse repertoire and pursue new creations for a digital space that has been a lifeline for our artists and audiences during the pandemic. Our dancers will continue to share their artistry virtually as we look ahead to a safe return to the stage when we can perform live for you once more. Until then, I hope you find much to uplift and inspire you in our beautiful Spotlight Series as you connect with us from home.”Artistic Director Karen Kain

The National Ballet of Canada’s Spotlight Series can be enjoyed free of charge. If you are able, please consider making a donation to the Together for Ballet campaign in support of the company’s artists. Donate now >


Antonella Martinelli in The Dreamers Ever Leave You

Commissioned Dance Films

The commissioned dance films, shot especially for this series by acclaimed directors, will feature world premieres by exciting, original dancemakers and reimaginings of beloved works.

About the Dance Films


Heather Ogden and Harrison James in Etudes

Short Programmes

Curated programmes of excerpts from performances shot at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts prior to the pandemic. Curated by Ms. Kain, these 30-minute ‘mini mixed programmes’ celebrate the company’s rich and varied repertoire.

About the Short Programmes



Lead philanthropic support for Spotlight Series 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.

Antonella Martinelli in The Dreamers Ever Leave You. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
Heather Ogden and Harrison James with Artists of the Ballet in Etudes. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

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