Today Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, announced their 2014-2015 which is an exciting mix of new works and old favourites.
The season will feature the Canadian premiere of The Tempest by Alexei Ratmansky and the return of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, which hasn’t been done in 16 years. Personally I was thrilled to see Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland coming back in 2015, especially considering the stunning and innovative work was tough to snag tickets for the last time around. Nijinsky by John Neumeier also returns due to popular demand.
Principal Dancer Guillaume Cote (who was recently featured with wife Heather Ogden showing off his Canadian pride in a Roots Canada ad) will create a new work in his role as Choreographic Associate.
In addition to the works that will be presented at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Art, The National Ballet will once again tour and showcase its extraordinary talent across Canada and the United States. Romeo and Juliet will hit Los Angeles and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will launch an expanded six performance run at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
The quintessential holiday favourite The Nutcracker returns in the winter (and I would like to enthusiastically volunteer to be a Cannon Doll!), as well as black night’s bright day and chroma.
Guillaume’s project kicks off the summer season and will be a four-part reflection in dance entitled Being and Nothingness which will be set to the music of Philip Glass. It will be presented with The Tempest by Alexei Ratmanksy before the season concludes with The Sleeping Beauty by Rudolf Nureyev.
With plenty of diverse shows to appeal to young and old, as well as seasoned ballet afficiendos and newcomers to the genre, the 2014-2015 promises to be an exciting one for The National Ballet of Canada. As Ms. Kain said when announcing the season: “The National Ballet of Canada has always taken special pride in its ability – and willingness – to embrace and engage with many different kinds of dance, from the traditional classical canon to works of experimental urgency. The 2014/15 season is an especially rich demonstration of our company’s range and commitment to a diverse and challenging repertoire and is a testament to the National Ballet’s openness and commitment to the many varieties of classical dance.”
I for one am excited to go down the rabbit hole again, as well as see what the always impressive Mr. Cote comes up with when paired with the incomparable Philip Glass. Perhaps a trip to LA is even in order to show support to our incredible dancers demonstrating Canuck pride in La-la-land. If anyone wants to make that happen, just give me a shout.
For more information on The National Ballet of Canada’s 2014-2015 or to purchase tickets please visit their official website at http://national.ballet.ca or follow them on twitter at http://twitter.com/nationalballet