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The National Ballet of Canada: Forsythe, Kylián, and Ratmansky (Jan. 28 & 29) / The Sleeping Beauty (Jan. 30–Feb. 2)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - Sunday, February 2, 2020

Ballet

Canada’s esteemed ballet company returns with two programs: Jan. 28 & 29, experience two works by William ForsytheJiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, and Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1. Jan. 30–Feb. 2, The Sleeping Beauty is the romantic tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, danced to Tchaikovsky's gorgeous music.

Price

$29.00 - $149.00

Run Time

Running Time: TBD

About

The National Ballet of Canada
The company’s The Sleeping Beauty is “iconic… as opulent as ever.” —Toronto Star
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

Canada’s esteemed ballet company returns with two programs to showcase its world-renowned talents in both the classical and contemporary realms.

The Sleeping Beauty (Jan. 30–Feb. 2)
Of all the story ballets, perhaps none embodies classical ballet’s unabashed exuberance, grace, and virtuosity more than this romantic tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, who can only be awakened by a prince’s kiss. A colorful pageant danced to Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music, this production helped put The National Ballet of Canada on the international map when Nureyev brought it to the company in 1972 and chose current Artistic Director Karen Kain—then a principal dancer—for the title role. She has staged the production keeping Nureyev’s vision intact; his is considered one of the most richly entertaining and technically impressive versions there is.

Performance Timing: Approximately 3 hours, including two 15-minute intermissions.

Works by Forsythe, Kylián, and Ratmansky (Jan. 28 & 29)
For the first two evenings of its Kennedy Center engagement, the company performs William Forsythe’s fiercely demanding The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude danced to the final movement of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony and his more subdued Approximate Sonata 2016 set to a minimalist piano score by Thom Willems; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, a poetic expression of ecstasy performed to selections from two Mozart piano concertos; and Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1, an homage to composer Shostakovich’s life and his transcendent spirit of creation.

Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Join a pre-performance talk Jan. 28 & 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Studio J in the REACH, free with your performance ticket. 
Dancers, choreographers, composers, creative team members, and/or other artists offer insight into the performance and a chance to ask questions!

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PRINCIPAL CASTING  (subject to change)
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Works by Forsythe, Kylian, and Ratmansky (Jan. 28 & 29)
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
Hannah Galway, Chelsy Meiss, Calley Skalnik
Naoya Ebe, Harrison James 
(Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.)
Tirion Law, Jeannine Haller, Jordana Daumec
Siphesihle November, Donald Thom
(Jan. 29 at 7:30 pm)
Approximate Sonata 2016
1st & 5th Sonata
Sonia Rodriguez and Spencer Hack
2nd Sonata
Hannah Fischer and Christopher Gerty
3rd Sonata
Svetlana Lunkina and Ben Rudisin
4th Sonata
Tanya Howard and Kota Sato
Petite Mort
Elena Lobsanova, Joe Chapman
Hannah Galway*, Skylar Campbell
Jillian Vanstone, Donald Thom
Tina Pereira, Spencer Hack
Hannah Fischer, Brendan Saye
Greta Hodgkinson, Guillaume Côté
Piano Concerto #1
Svetlana Lunkina and Harrison James
Koto Ishihara and Naoya Ebe

The Sleeping Beauty (Jan. 30Feb. 2)
Princess Aurora
Heather Ogden (Jan. 30 & Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.)
Jillian Vanstone (Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. & Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m.)
Emma Hawes* (Feb. 1 at 1:30 pm)
Prince Florimund
Harrison James (Jan. 30 & Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.)
Francisco Gabriele Frola (Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. & Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m.)
Guillaume Côté (Feb. 1 at 1:30 p.m.)

For additional casting in The Sleeping Beauty, see the Tour Casting on the National Ballet of Canada’s website.

*Debut ^Guest Artist

Watch and Listen

The National Ballet of Canada: Alexei Ratmansky’s "Piano Concerto #1" | Jan. 28 & 29, 2020

The National Ballet of Canada: "The Sleeping Beauty" | Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2020

The National Ballet of Canada: "The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude" | Jan. 28 & 29

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