Running Time



October 12 – 15, 2024

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France has been the site of consequential performances since its opening in 1913, when it hosted the infamous world premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The National Ballet of Canada will revisit this legendary stage following the successful tour of Nijinsky in 2017, this time with an all-Canadian programme of newly acquired work and pieces created specifically for the National Ballet: Crystal Pite’s Angels’ Atlas, James Kudelka’s Passion and William Yong’s UtopiVerse.

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.

Passion is generously supported by The Gail Hutchison Fund.

Lead philanthropic support for UtopiVerse is provided by The Hal Jackman Foundation and The Hal Jackman Foundation Fund and an Anonymous donor with additional support from The Producers’ Circle.

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.


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.


Toronto-based choreographer William Yong’s first commission for The National Ballet of Canada, UtopiVerse, made its world premiere in Toronto in March 2024. The futuristic ballet integrates Yong’s muti-disciplinary experience and showcases the versatility of the National Ballet artists. Founder of two companies that serve as incubators for his work, Zata Omm Dance Projects and W Zento Production, Yong has an international presence as a respected dancer, choreographer and director.

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Top Photo: Koto Ishihara in UtopiVerse. Photo by Karolina Kuras.