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October 2 – 6, 2024

Representing three groundbreaking Canadian creators, The National Ballet of Canada returns to the venerated Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, England for the first time since 2013. Artistic Director Hope Muir has curated an inspirating celebration of Canadian talent from the company’s recent repertoire, programming James Kudelka’s exquisite Passion alongside Emma Portner’s duet islands and Crystal Pite’s full company work Angels’ Atlas, with its mesmerizing light design and evocation of the human condition.

Passion is generously supported by The Gail Hutchison Fund.

Lead philanthropic support for islands is provided by The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation.

Philanthropic support for Angels’ Atlas is generously provided by An Anonymous Donor, Rosamond Ivey, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The Producers’ Circle, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Gail Hutchison Fund.


Created for Houston Ballet in 2013, Passion is a love story whose meticulous structure mirrors the music, the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano in D, Op. 61a. Two couples – one classical, the other contemporary – weave within the Corps de Ballet like musical themes, evoking complex relationships of passion.


A sculptural duet for two women by Canada’s Emma Portner, a star on the international dance scene. islands was named a triumph when it premiered with Norwegian National Ballet in 2020, prompting an invitation to tour with the prestigious Dialogues festival alongside choreographic luminaries such as Crystal Pite and Jiří Kylián. An acclaimed work from a genre-breaking choreographer, islands is set to an eclectic compilation of music by contemporary artists Brambles, Guillaume Ferran & David Spinelli, Forest Swords, Lily Konigsberg and Bing & Ruth.

Angels’ Atlas

Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite created the Dora Award-winning Angels’ Atlas for The National Ballet of Canada in February 2020 to rapturous reviews. The ballet unfolds against a morphing wall of light that carries the illusion of depth and a sense of the natural world. Here, the dancing body becomes a sign of humanity’s impermanence and – equally – its vitality within a vast, unknowable world.

Set to original music by Owen Belton and choral pieces by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Morten Lauridsen, Angels’ Atlas is a profound work from one of the world’s leading contemporary choreographers.

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Top Photo: Artists of the Ballet in Angels Atlas. Photo by Karolina Kuras.