The National Ballet of Canada Returns to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The Sleeping Beauty and Contemporary Programme
28 janvier – 2 février 2020

9 janvier 2020... Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for the company’s upcoming tour to Washington, D.C. Returning to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 28 janvier – 2 février, the National Ballet will display its trademark versatility with a gem from the classical repertoire, The Sleeping Beauty, as well as a programme of contemporary works by William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián and Alexei Ratmansky.
 
Music Director and Principal Conductor David Briskin will conduct the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra who will accompany all performances.
 
The National Ballet performs a thrilling programme of works by William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián and Alexei Ratmansky. Set to the final movement of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony, William Forsythe’s fiercely demanding The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude requires pure classical technique, along with rigour, focus and speed. Approximate Sonata 2016, a more subdued Forsythe but no less athletic, is an assemblage of intricately shaped pas de deux set to a minimalist piano score by Thom Willems. Petite Mort is a dynamic ballet by acclaimed Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián. A poetic expression of ecstasy, the cast of six male and six female dancers move and spar with one another in beautiful and unexpected ways. Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1 is an homage to composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s life and his transcendent spirit of creation. This work is the final section of the choreographer’s Shostakovich Trilogy.
 
Of all the story ballets, perhaps none embodies classical ballet’s exuberance, grace and virtuosity more than The Sleeping Beauty. In 1972, Rudolf Nureyev staged his version of the ballet for the company, helping put The National Ballet of Canada on the international map. Considered one of the most richly entertaining and technically impressive productions, The Sleeping Beauty features Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score and lush designs by Nicholas Georgiadis and lighting by David Hersey. One of the National Ballet’s most treasured works, The Sleeping Beauty is a jewel in the company’s repertoire.
 
The opening night cast of The Sleeping Beauty will feature Principal Dancers Heather Ogden and Harrison James as Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund. First Soloist Emma Hawes makes her debut this season as Princess Aurora and First Soloist Koto Ishihara makes her debut as Princess Florine.
 
Principal Casting:
 
Works by Forsythe, Kylián and Ratmansky, 28 au 29 janvier 2020
 
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
Hannah Galway
, Chelsy Meiss, Calley Skalnik
Naoya Ebe, Harrison James
(28 janvier à 19:30 h)
 
Tirion Law, Jeannine Haller, Calley Skalnik
Siphesihle November, Donald Thom
(29 janvier à 19:30 h)
 
Approximate Sonata 2016
1ère et 5ème sonate
Sonia Rodriguez and Spencer Hack
 
2ème sonate
Hannah Fischer and Christopher Gerty
 
3ème sonate
Elena Lobsanova and Ben Rudisin
 
4ème sonate
Tanya Howard and Kota Sato

Petite Mort
Miyoko Koyasu*, Joe Chapman
Hannah Galway*, Skylar Campbell
Jillian Vanstone, Donald Thom
Tina Pereira, Spencer Hack
Hannah Fischer, Brendan Saye
Greta Hodgkinson, Guillaume Côté
Piano Concerto nº 1
Elena Lobsanova and Harrison James
Koto Ishihara
and Naoya Ebe

The Sleeping Beauty, 30 janvier – 2 février, 2020
 
Princesse Aurore
Heather Ogden (30 janvier, 1 février at 19:30)
Jillian Vanstone (31 janvier at 19:30/2 février at 13:30)
Emma Hawes* (1 février at 13:30)
 
Prince Florimond
Harrison James (30 janvier, 1 février at 19:30)
Francesco Gabriele Frola (31 janvier à 19:30 h/2 février à 13:30 h)
Guillaume Côté (1 février at 13:30)
 
King Florestan
Jonathan Renna 
 
Reine
Sophie Letendre+
 
Catalabutte, Master of Ceremonies
Tomas Schramek (30 janvier, 1 février at 19:30)
Hazaros Surmeyan (31 janvier at 19:30/1 février, 2 at 13:30)
 
La Fée lilas
Tanya Howard 
 
Carabosse, la fée maléfique
Rebekah Rimsay (30 janvier, 31, 1 février at 19:30/2 février at 13:30)
Alejandra Perez-Gomez (1 février at 13:30)
 
Fée principale
Emma Hawes (30 janvier at 19:30/2 février at 13:30)
Hannah Fischer (31 janvier, 1 février at 19:30/1 février at 13:30)
 
Oiseau bleu
Naoya Ebe (30 janvier, 1 février at 19:30)
Siphesihle November (31 janvier at 19:30/2 février at 13:30)
Skylar Campbell (1 février à 13:30 h)
 
Princesse Florine
Elena Lobsanova (30 janvier, 1 février at 19:30)
Miyoko Koyasu (31 janvier at 19:30)
Tina Pereira (1 février at 13:30)
Koto Ishihara* (2 février at 13:30)
 
Dame Diamant
Chelsy Meiss (30 janvier, 1 février at 19:30)
Hannah Fischer (31 janvier at 19:30/2 février at 13:30)
Jordana Daumec (1 février at 13:30)
 
Homme Diamant
Donald Thom (30 janvier, 1 février at 19:30)
Brendan Saye* (31 janvier at 19:30/2 février at 13:30)
Jack Bertinshaw (1 février at 13:30)
 
*Debut +Guest Artist
 
More Information About Tour to Washington, D.C. >
 
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts >
 
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Lead philanthropic support for Piano Concerto #1 is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Producers’ Circle.
 
Lead philanthropic support for The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Approximate Sonata 2016 is generously provided by Sandra Simpson, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Estate of Douglas Gardner, with additional support from The Producers’ Circle.
 
The Sleeping Beauty is made possible by generous contributions from Margaret Fleck & Jim Fleck, C.C., The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Gretchen Ross and Nancy Pencer & Michael Benjamin.
 
Skylar Campbell is sponsored through Dancers First by Tricia Younger.
 
Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M.
 
Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.
 
Francesco Gabriele Frola is sponsored through Dancers First by Sherry and Edward Drew.
 
Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.
 
Svetlana Lunkina est commanditée par Anna McCowan-Johnson et Donald K.Johnson, O.C. par l’entremise de Dancers First.
 
Heather Ogden est parrainée par Ira Gluskin et Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, par le biais du programme Dancers First.
 
Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin Vaile Robinson.
 
Jillian Vanstone est parrainée par George et Kathy Dembroski par l’entremise de Dancers First.
 
Jordana Daumec est parrainée par un donneur anonyme par l’entremise de Dancers First.
 
Hannah Fischer est parrainée par un donneur anonyme par l’entremise de Dancers First.
 
Emma Hawes is sponsored through Dancers First by Sherry and Edward Drew.
 
Chelsy Meiss is sponsored through Dancers First by Diana St. B. Weatherall.
 
Tina Pereira est parrainée par l’honorable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C. par l’entremise de Dancers First.
 
Ben Rudisin is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.
 
Christopher Gerty is sponsored through Dancers First by Ms. Nancy Viner & Dr. Raymond Stein.
 
Jeannine Haller is sponsored through Dancers First by Devida & Derek Smith.
 
Kathryn Hosier is sponsored through Dancers First by Donna Meyers & Doug Richmond.
 
Siphesihle November is sponsored through Dancers First by Jerry & Joan Lozinski.
 
Kota Sato is sponsored through Dancers First by Tony Arrell, C.M. & Anne Arrell.
 
Calley Skalnik is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.
 
The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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