THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADAKaren Kain, Artistic Director
Flip through the pages of our digital storybook.U.S. PREMIERE! THE WINTER'S TALEBALLET IN A PROLOGUE AND THREE ACTSChoreography by Christopher WheeldonStaged by Jacquelin Barrett and Anna Délicia TrévienScenario by Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot
Music by Joby TalbotSet and costume design by Bob CrowleyLighting design by Natasha KatzProjection design by Daniel BrodieSilk effects design by puppeteer Basil TwistA co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
"Five stars out of five! Christopher Wheeldon has produced the most heartfelt and resonant full-length ballet seen in decades… his greatest triumph."
of London "A ravishing success! Thought-provoking entertainment, gleaming with fluent, confident dance."
--The Observer "Spectacular! Epic emotional sweep... a major artistic achievement, once more confirming Wheeldon's place as a luminary among today's choreographers"--The Toronto Star"The National Ballet is in top form, and if you go to the ballet to delight in spirited corps work, effective storytelling, flashes of characterization, and luscious colorful sets, then you won't be disappointed."--The Globe and Mail
Following its smash 2013 engagement of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,
The National Ballet of Canada brings another fabulous international success story from British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and his acclaimed creative team: the dazzling U.S. premiere of The Winter's Tale
, a co-production with The Royal Ballet in London.
Based on William Shakespeare's classic play, The Winter's Tale
follows the story of King Leontes, who suspects his wife Hermione has betrayed him with his good friend Polixenes. In a fit of blind jealousy, he orders his innocent queen to stand trial, and her newborn child to be abandoned in the wild. Time passes to reveal their daughter Perdita has blossomed into a beautiful shepherd girl. Unaware of her royal lineage, she's now head over heels for Florizel, who happens to be Polixenes's princely son in disguise. Can true love's virtue mend wounded hearts and bring their families back together?
Transporting audiences from the chilly austerity of Leontes's marble kingdom, to a magical tree watching over a lush bohemian paradise, to a beautiful statue that miraculously comes to life, The Winter's Tale
embraces all of the romance, comedy, fantasy, and tragedy in Shakespeare's glorious work--leading to a profound ending of redemption, reconciliation, and transformation. With striking sets and costumes by Bob Crowley and a soaring original score by Joby Talbot, this bold and colorful production has been hailed as "a game-changer" for Christopher Wheeldon, featuring "the most expressive and inventive dance language we've yet seen from him" (The Guardian
). PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change)
(Jan. 19, 21, 23 eve) Evan McKie
(Jan. 20, 24) McGee Maddox
(Jan. 22) Guillaume Côté
(Jan. 23 mat) HermioneHannah Fischer
(Jan. 19, 21, 23 eve) Jurgita Dronina
(Jan. 20, 24) Heather Ogden
(Jan. 22) Sonia Rodriguez
(Jan. 23 mat) PerditaJillian Vanstone
(Jan. 19, 21, 23 eve) Elena Lobsanova
(Jan. 20, 23 mat) Rui Huang
(Jan. 22, 24) FlorizelNaoya Ebe
(Jan. 19, 21, 23 eve) Francesco Gabriele Frola
(Jan. 20, 23 mat) Skylar Campbell
(Jan. 22, 24) PolixenesHarrison James
(Jan. 19, 21, 23 eve) Brendan Saye
(Jan. 20, 24) Félix Paquet
(Jan. 22, 23 mat) PaulinaXiao Nan Yu
(Jan. 19, 21, 23 eve) Svetlana Lunkina
(Jan. 20, 22, 24) Tanya Howard
(Jan. 23 mat)Performance Timing: Act One - 47 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 35 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Three - 23 min.