Première mondiale

Orpheus Alive

with Chaconne

15 au 21 novembre 2019

Première mondiale

Orpheus Alive

with Chaconne

15 au 21 novembre 2019

À propos des ballets

Durée : 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 25-minute intermission

Orpheus Alive Overview

Artists have long been fascinated with the Greek myth of Orpheus, the gifted musician who rescues Eurydice from death only to lose her again in a moment of doubt. At its core, theirs is a story about love, trust and the redemptive potential of art. With Orpheus Alive, Choreographic Associate Robert Binet brings a fresh perspective to the myth, casting Orpheus as a woman, Eurydice as a man and the audience as gods of the underworld who decide their fate.

Orpheus Alive Voir la galerie

Five Things About Orpheus Alive
Le chorégraphe

Toronto-born Robert Binet was appointed Choreographic Associate of The National Ballet of Canada in 2013 following his apprenticeship with Wayne McGregor, Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. Robert has created new work for ballet companies worldwide. In 2018, he became Creative Producer of CreativAction, a new initiative by the National Ballet to support Canadian choreographers and the dance community.

Read an interview with Robert Binet about Orpheus Alive

Le compositeur

Missy Mazzoli composes for stage, television and film, and recently made history as the first of two women to be commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. She is the Mead Composer-in-Residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and her music is performed internationally. In 2018, she was nominated for a Grammy for her work Vespers for Violin.

Read a Q&A with Missy Mazzoli about creating the score for Orpheus Alive

Plus de vidéos

Orpheus Alive excerpts were performed at the Guggenheim’s Works & Process in New York City.

Orpheus Alive excerpts were performed at the Guggenheim’s Works & Process in New York City with a panel discussion featuring Robert Binet, Missy Mazzoli and Rosamund Small, moderated by Artistic Director Wendy Whelan.


“Binet’s vision was presented in a completely original concept with refreshing authenticity.” —Calgary Herald

“[Missy Mazzoli is] one of the more consistently inventive surprising composers.” —The New York Times

“Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” —Time Out New York on Missy Mazzoli

Chaconne Overview

At just 28 minutes long, Chaconne delights in movement for its own sake, from the lyricism of the opening pas de deux right through to the large ensemble dances and grand solos of the finale. Set to Gluck’s famous music for opera, Orfeo ed Euridice, it is George Balanchine’s most abstract meditation on the Orpheus myth, with choreography that glides seamlessly from light and otherworldly to regal and festive.

Chaconne Voir la galerie

Five Things About Chaconne
Le chorégraphe

Born in Russia, George Balanchine arrived in America in 1933 to usher in one of the most exciting periods in contemporary ballet. He developed the first distinctly American style of dance and founded his own company, New York City Ballet, to showcase his work. He created an estimated 425 ballets in his lifetime.

Le compositeur

Christoph Willibald Gluck was an 18th century German composer best known for reforming opera to heighten drama, encourage flow and integrate the chorus and ballet. The most popular of these was his Orfeo ed Euridice, which premiered in Vienna in 1762.


“George Balanchine's Chaconne moves from heaven to earth.” —The New York Times

Chaconne is spun sugar… So engrossing, so full of surprises, that your heart sank when the curtain fell.” —The Washington Post

Répartition des rôles

Orpheus Alive
Jenna Savella (15 novembre, 20 at 19:30)
Heather Ogden (16 novembre at 14:00/21 novembre at 19:30)
Hannah Fischer (16 novembre at 19:30/17 novembre at 14:00)
Spencer Hack (15 novembre, 20 novembre à 19:30 h)
Harrison James (16 novembre at 14:00/21 novembre at 19:30)
Brendan Saye (16 novembre at 19:30/17 novembre at 14:00)
Eurydice’s Mother         
Sonia Rodriguez (15 novembre, 21 at 19:30/16 novembre at 14:00)
Tanya Howard (16 novembre, 20 at 19:30/17 novembre at 14:00)

Heather Ogden and Harrison James (15 novembre, 16 at 19:30/17 novembre at 14:00)
Koto Ishihara and Naoya Ebe (16 novembre at 14:00/21 novembre at 19:30)
Heather Ogden and Brendan Saye (20 novembre at 19:30)


Orpheus Alive World Premiere

Chorégraphie :
Robert Binet

Compositeur :
Missy Mazzoli

Writer, Dramaturge and Text Direction:
Rosamund Small

Conception de la scène et des costumes :
Hyemi Shin

Conception de l’éclairage :
Tom Visser

Conception de la projection :
Karolina Kuras

Réalisé et commandé par Le Ballet national du Canada.

Lead philanthropic support for Orpheus Alive is provided by The Producers’ Circle.

Le Cercle des producteurs : Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, C.M., Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry & Joan Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lynda & Jonas Prince, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C., The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation, Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

Chaconne Company Premiere

Chorégraphie :
George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust

Mise en scène par :
Suzanne Farrell, Lindsay Fischer and Christopher Stowell

Musique :
Christoph Willibald Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice

Conception des costumes :

The performance of Chaconne, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced by arrangement with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.

Crédits vidéo : Robert Binet on Orpheus Alive

Comprend : Robert Binet, Harrison James, Heather Ogden, Sonia Rodriguez, Jack Bertinshaw, Ben Rudisin, Spencer Hack, Siphesihle November, Kota Sato, Calley Skalnik, Giorgio Galli, Genevieve Penn Nabity, Ethan Watts, Artists of the Ballet, Jeff Morris - Stage Manager, Liliane Stilwell - Stage Manager, Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra

Crédits vidéo : 5 Things About Orpheus Alive

Comprend : Robert Binet, Harrison James, Heather Ogden, Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra

Photography: Robert Binet and Missy Mazzoli. Photo by Anne-Marie Jackson.


Les musiciens ont été enregistrés avec l’autorisation de la Toronto Musicians’ Association, de Local 149 et de l’American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.

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