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February 26 – March 2, 2025

Acclaimed creator David Dawson returns to The National Ballet of Canada with the highly anticipated North American premiere of The Four Seasons after the incredible success of his Anima Animus in 2023. Dawson’s supercharged work is complemented by two pieces sharing similar themes of reflection and change: the world premiere of Marco Goecke’s Morpheus’ Dream and Antony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading, programmed by Artistic Director Hope Muir to honour the 50th anniversary of the ballet’s creation.

The Four Seasons is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

The National Ballet also acknowledges support for The Four Seasons provided by The Anna McCowan-Johnson New Creations Fund and The Penelope Reed Doob Fund for New Creations.

Lead philanthropic support for Morpheus’ Dream is provided by The Gail Hutchison Fund.

The Leaves are Fading is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

North American Premiere The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons is a zeitgeist contemporary ballet from David Dawson that embodies Max Richter’s sublime reimagination of Antonio Vivaldi’s violin concertos, which amplifies their emotional core. Created for Semperoper Ballett in 2018, Dawson’s ballet merges formal precision with a profound journey through the seasons of life in four distinct yet related movements. These are the framework for lives in a constant state of evolution, much like the music, which Richter brings into the present with echoes of the past.

World Premiere Morpheus' Dream

Sultry piano music by Keith Jarrett meets the vocal stylings of Lady Gaga in this edgy duet, which marks The National Ballet of Canada’s first world premiere partnership with Germany’s Marco Goecke. Oscillating between serenity and a fitful energy unique to Goecke, Morpheus’ Dream presents a fraught relationship within the uncertain context of dreams. The movement unfolds on an empty stage in low lighting until one dancer strikes a match, creating an unexpected moment of illumination.

The Leaves Are Fading

Savour the poignancy of Antony Tudor’s beloved work about the passage of time, The Leaves Are Fading, not seen on The National Ballet of Canada’s stage since 1995. Set to lyrical chamber music for strings by Antonín Dvořák, the ballet has a unique and quiet poetry all its own. Outdoors in a leafy glade, a woman reflects on her past as summer turns to fall, with the changing seasons serving as a metaphor for the bittersweet evolution of life.

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  • Thursday, February 27, 2025 2:00 pm

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Top Photo: Artists of Het Nationale Ballet in The Four Seasons. Photo by Michael Schnater.