18 janvier – 19, 2018 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre.
About the Choreographic Workshop
The National Ballet of Canada's Choreographic Workshop provides choreographers with the opportunity to develop their skills in a flexible, supported creative process. Established in 1969 the Workshop has been the artistic beginning for many acclaimed choreographers including James Kudelka, Dominique Dumais, Matjash Mrozewski, John Alleyne, Bengt Jörgen and Jean Grand-Maître
The Choreographic Workshop is facilitated by Robert Binet, Choreographic Associate at The National Ballet of Canada, Peggy Baker, Artistic Director of Peggy Baker Dance Projects and Laurence Lemieux, Artistic Director of Citadel + Compagnie. Facilitators attend rehearsals, aid in the development of ideas in collaboration with dancers and provide feedback. Through the Choreographic Workshop, choreographers are provided opportunities to engage in discussions with the facilitators about their concepts, collaborations and how their work is developing.
Participating choreographers create works on National Ballet dancers in a phased process spread over the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons. This year’s choreographers included seven National Ballet company dancers and three independent choreographers selected through an open call process in Spring 2016. They worked with the facilitators to develop their creations and presented two in-studio performances to invited audiences in 20 septembre16 and 20 avril17.
Phase I - 2016/17 Season: Two In-Studio Showings
During the 2016/17 season, choreographers developed their new works, working with National Ballet company dancers. For rehearsals, choreographers were provided with studio access at The Walter Carsen Centre for The National Ballet of Canada. Phase I culminated in two in-studio performances in 20 septembre16 and 20 avril17. The works were performed for invited audiences of National Ballet supporters, staff and guests. These in-studio showings provided opportunities for the choreographers, audiences and facilitators to engage in an exchange of ideas concerning the works in-progress.
Phase II - 2017/ 18: Formal Presentation
Following the completion of Phase I, choreographers were provided with an opportunity to submit a written proposal to develop their work further towards a formal, staged presentation. In 20 juin17, a panel reviewed the submissions and selected five choreographers to continue with Phase II, based on their clarity of vision, desire of taking risks and strong choreographic vocabulary. The five choreographers selected are Principal Dancer Elena Lobsanova and First Soloists Brendan Saye and Robert Stephen from the National Ballet and independent choreographers Hanna Kiel and Alysa Pires.