Spotlight Series

Commissioned Dance Films

Sonia Rodriguez in The Sleeping Beauty

Digital Premiere
The Sleeping Beauty Variations

Directed by Karolina Kuras

Take a closer look at one of ballet’s great legacy works with a series of dazzling variations from Rudolf Nureyev’s The Sleeping Beauty, which he staged for The National Ballet of Canada in 1972. The film tells the story of The Sleeping Beauty in highlights, from the fairy variations of the Prologue to Princess Aurora’s glittering entrance of Act I, Prince Florimund’s hunt solo of Act II and the famous Bluebird variations and Wedding pas de deux of the finale, for an unforgettable showcase of classical dance.

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Brendan Saye in Apollo

Digital Premiere
Balanchine Programme

Apollo
Directed by Alejandro Alvarez-Cadilla

Tarantella
Videography by Paul McNulty

George Balanchine, co-founder of New York City Ballet, was one of the great innovators of 20th century ballet and his influence on the classical idiom remains deeply felt. The two works on this programme reflect the range of his choreographic language, from the noble, sculptural beauty of Apollo, which he created as a young man, to the exhilaration of Tarantella, a ballet from his later years. Together, they underscore the brilliance of Balanchine’s neoclassical style, with its playfulness, speed and purity of line and are filmed especially for Spotlight Series, The National Ballet of Canada’s virtual 2020/21 season.

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Jera Wolfe in rehearsal with Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden

Digital Premiere
New Voices: Three World Premieres

Soul by Jera Wolfe
in a state of vanishing by Alysa Pires
Trase Pa by Kevin A. Ormsby

Directed by Paul McNulty

Creating new work remains a priority for The National Ballet of Canada during the shutdown, as a way to challenge our artists, engage talented collaborators and share a full spectrum of dance with our audiences. The three new productions in this series are the work of vibrant Canadian dancemakers: Jera Wolfe, Alysa Pires and Kevin A. Ormsby. They created these ballets specifically for film, balancing technology with musicality, storytelling and emotion.

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Antonella Martinelli in The Dreamers Ever Leave You

Digital Premiere
The Dreamers Ever Leave You
by Robert Binet

Directed by Ben Shirinian

Robert Binet’s The Dreamers Ever Leave You responds to the work of Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris, who infused Canada’s northern landscapes with a near spiritual power. Binet created Dreamers in 2016 as an immersive piece for the Art Gallery of Ontario and it has since been performed in several other non-traditional theatre spaces, including Printworks London, a former news press in Rotherhithe, South London. Now, Dreamers is making its digital premiere following an intimate engagement at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, captured on film by Canadian director Ben Shirinian.

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