The National Ballet of Canada will present three unique works by the world renowned choreographers, William Forsythe, Marco Goecke and Wayne McGregor. Three unique aesthetics featuring amazingly virtuoso dancers make for an unforgettable evening.
Led by the renowned Karen Kain, a living legend of dance, The National Ballet of Canada sparkles with its wide-ranging repertoire and 73 dancers. The company will return to Danse Danse with a contemporary triple bill, three unique aesthetics in one fascinating evening of dance.
the second detail, William Forsythe (Premiere: 1991, The National Ballet of Canada)
American choreographer William Forsythe has created more than one hundred works over the past four decades. Artistic Director of the celebrated Ballett Frankfurt from 1984 to 2005, Forsythe is a key figure in contemporary ballet and a source of inspiration for many choreographers. In the second detail, a piece for 14 dancers, he employs contemporary movements of organized chaos, playing with geometric compositions and rhythmic differences. Set to dynamic electronic music by Thom Willems, the piece has retained all its power of fascination since it was created on The National Ballet of Canada in 1991. Forsythe also designed the set, lighting and costumes, with the exception of a magnificent white dress designed by fashion icon Issey Miyake.
Spectre de la Rose, Marco Goecke (Premiere: 2009, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo; The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: 2014)
The German dancer and choreographer Marco Goecke is Resident Choreographer at Stuttgart Ballet and Associate Choreographer at Nederlands Dans Theater. Renowned for his inventive and exceptional ballets, Goecke attracted attention with his very first work in 2001 and was soon receiving commissions from major companies such as New York City Ballet and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. Closer to home, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal presented the world premiere of his Pierrot Lunaire in 2011. Celebrated for his dark, avant-garde versions of ballet classics, Goecke’s re-imagined version of Michel Fokine’s landmark 1911 ballet, Spectre de la Rose, was created in 2009 to mark the centenary of Ballets Russes. It is the story of a young girl who has just come back from a ball. Falling asleep with a rose in her hands, she dreams of the spirit of the rose, who appears by jumping through her window, dances with her and disappears before she wakes up. In Goecke’s version, the Spirit of the Rose plays a central part in the narrative and the role of the young girl is enriched by the personality of the spirit, electrically personified by a group of six male dancers.
Chroma, Wayne McGregor (Premiere: 2006, The Royal Ballet; The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: 2010)
The recipient of numerous awards and commissions from major international institutions, the brilliant British choreographer Wayne McGregor wowed Danse Danse audiences with his astounding and fascinating pieces, Entity (2011) and FAR (2014). McGregor’s work, Chroma, which garnered three major awards following its premiere at The Royal Ballet in 2006, will make its Québec debut by dancers of The National Ballet of Canada. Defying once again the laws of anatomy, Chroma is a luminous exploration of the architecture of the human body. The work features an evocatively powerful minimalist set design by internationally renowned architect, John Pawson and brilliant lighting design by Lucy Carter. The piece fluctuates between frenzy and languor, and the brusque, angular choreography is sprinkled with sensuous movement and impressive lifts. The music, by British composer Joby Talbot, is a unique orchestration of songs by The White Stripes alongside Talbot’s own original compositions and provides the perfect enigmatic soundscape for such a dynamic work. An audience favourite since its debut in 2006, Chroma defies all expectations and expands the horizons of dance.
The National Ballet of Canada – Versatility and Excellence
With a roster of 73 dancers and its very own orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada is the only Canadian ballet company to present a full range of traditional full-length classics and contemporary works. Founded in Toronto in 1951 by Celia Franca, the National Ballet’s repertoire includes works by the world’s most celebrated 20th and 21st century masters, Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Rudolf Nureyev, James Kudelka and Jiří Kylián. Former Prima Ballerina Karen Kain was appointed Artistic Director in 2005 and has rejuvenated the company, commissioning new works from exciting Canadian choreographers such as Crystal Pite and José Navas. The company has performed for over 10 million people and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Photo by Ian Whalen
© Roman Novitzky.
Photo (Wayne McGregor) © Photo by Rob Moore courtesy of The Royal Ballet.
the second detail
Choreography William Forsythe. Music Thom Willems. Costume, Set and Lighting Design William Forsythe. the second detail is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.
Spectre de la Rose
Choreography Marco Goecke. Music Carl Maria von Weber. Costume Design Michaela Springer. Lighting Design Udo Haberland. Dramaturge Nadja Kadel Premiere : Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo, Monaco, July 14, 2009 The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: Toronto, May 28, 2014
Lead philanthropic support for Spectre de la Rose is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Producers’ Circle. The Producers’ Circle: John & Claudine Bailey, David Binet, Susanne Boyce & Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Rosamond Ivey, Hal Jackman Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Judith & Robert Lawrie, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Joan & Jerry 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., Sandra L. Simpson and Noreen Taylor & David Staines, O.C.
Choreography Wayne McGregor. Staged by Odette Hughes. Music Joby Talbot and Jack White, The White Stripes. Set Design John Pawson. Costume Design Moritz Junge. Lighting Design Lucy Carter. Premiere : The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, UK, November 17, 2006 The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: November 24, 2010. Chroma is produced in association with The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.