Due to an increase in the COVID-19 infection rate, the Ontario Government announced on October 9 new restrictions on public gatherings including performance venues. In accordance with these new guidelines, The National Ballet of Canada regrettably must postpone performances of The Dreamers Ever Leave You at Harbourfront Centre from October 10 to 17. New dates will be announced shortly and all ticketholders will be contacted.
The National Ballet of Canada will be in residence at Harbourfront Centre for five weeks this fall as part of Harbourfront Centre’s fall programme Site Alive. Harbourfront Centre has reimagined what it means to explore the arts on its site in 2020, with augmented reality, evening projections, immersive dance and movement and visual art. Dancers are taking company class and rehearsing The Dreamers Ever Leave You by Choreographic Associate Robert Binet.
The National Ballet will perform The Dreamers Ever Leave You in Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room, postponed performance dates will be announced shortly. The safety of our audience and artists is our foremost priority. These performances will follow strict safety protocols. Masks are mandatory and social distancing will be in place. Seating is limited to 32 per performance.
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Choreographic Associate Robert Binet created The Dreamers Ever Leave You in response to the sublime paintings of Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris. Originally co-produced by the Art Gallery of Ontario and performed in Signy Eaton Gallery as part of The Idea of North exhibit with live piano music by Lubomyr Melnyk, this immersive piece replicates the spiritual energy of Harris’ northern landscapes through the controlled physicality of the human body. Dreamers was hailed “a remarkable and moving experience” by the Globe and Mail.
Toronto-born Robert Binet was appointed Choreographic Associate of The National Ballet of Canada in 2013 following his apprenticeship with Wayne McGregor, Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. Mr. Binet has created new work for ballet companies worldwide and, in 2018, he launched CreativAction, the National Ballet's collaborative programme for Canadian choreographers.
The Ukrainian-born composer and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk is renowned for a rapid technique of piano performance and composition he calls Continuous Music, which produces a meditative effect. He has composed over 120 works and written a treatise on his technique, OPEN TIME: The Art of Continuous Music.
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The original presentation of The Dreamers Ever Leave You was co-produced by the Art Gallery of Ontario and The National Ballet of Canada and generously supported by Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin Garland, Joan & Jerry Lozinski and The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C.
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