N A T I O N A L B A L L E T O F C A N A D A
The very title conjures up images of sultry, physical passion, unleashed emotions and anguished eroticism. Davide Bombana's 2006 one-act interpretation of the Carmen story, so
familiar to audiences through Bizet's opera, brought all of these qualities to the stage in an unforgettable flourish of dazzling balletic intensity.
Now the always provocative Italian choreographer has
expanded his earlier version into a full-length work, allowing for further dramatic definition, greater theatrical scope and a broader platform for his dance ideas. Where the earlier adaptation acted as a distillation
of the narrative and its principle themes, the full-length version gives freer play to the story and characters, while never sacrificing the unflinching carnality and essentially tragic vision that pulsate at its heart.
Set largely to Shchedrin's evocative Carmen Suite, the new version is a major ballet artist's re-visioning of both his own work and one of the great classic stories of passion and doomed love.
June 5 - June 16 Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. | Tickets: $25 - $180 Phone: 416 345 9595 To order online
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Mad Hot Ballet
The National Ballet's annual fund-raisinf event is inspired this year by David Bombana's Carmen. The event promises drama, opulence, and virtuosity on stage.
The evening begins with a
thrilling performance of dance specifically programmed by Artistic Director Karen Kain to showcase the artistry of the company, which is then followed by a Spanish-themed reception.
Gala Dinner guests can enjoy a sensational meal by chef Mark McEwan or North 44, and then they will take centre stage to dance with the artists of the National Ballet.
Host for the evening is the CBC's Jian Gomeshi.
June 12 Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. | Tickets: Gala Table: $15,000 and
$25,000 Gala Ticket: $1500 Perfromance Plus Ticket: $55 - $133 Phone: 416 345 9595 To order online please click here
Pur ti Miro & No. 24 / The Man In Black / Theme and Variations
Jorma Elo's Pur ti Miro had its world premiere with the National Ballet in 2010, audiences responded ecstatically to its virtuosic yet delicate vision. Set to music by Monteverdi and Beethoven, it displays one of
today's finest dance creators at his best.
Originally created for the National Ballet's Choreographic Lab, Guillaume Côté's No. 24 is a boldly conceived work for a male and female dancer, set to Paganini's
rapturous Caprice No. 24 in A minor.
The wonderfully fertile choreographic imagination of James Kudelka has never ceased to surprise audiences, and his latest work, The Man in Black, is no exception. Set to a
series of five songs performed by the late country and western giant Johnny Cash, the work for one female and three male dancers is an utterly arresting work, by turns haunting, funny, anguished and touching.
George Balanchine's Theme and Variations is a tribute to the great Russian tradition from which the choreographer emerged and took so much inspiration, conveyed with his singular and irresistibly musical style. The work
is a heartfelt evocation of and homage to his artistic roots by one of modern choreography's masters.
June 19 - June 23
Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. | Tickets: $25 - $180 Phone: 416 345 9595 To order online please click here
S O N Y C E N T R E F O R T H E P E R F O R M I N G A R T S
Mark Morris Dance Group: L'ALLEGRO, IL PENSEROSO ED IL MODERATO
Luminato Festival will host the Canadian premiere of the Mark Morris Dance Group's iconic L'ALLEGRO, IL PENSEROSO ED IL MODERATO as part of the 7th Annual Luminato Festival.
The New York based Mark Morris
Dance Group is one the most revered and highly celebrated modern dance companies in the world, and has earned international acclaim for an impressive spectrum of productions in dance and opera. L'ALLEGRO is widely
considered one of the great dance works of the twentieth century.
"L'Allegro is Mark Morris' magnum opus and Luminato Festival is proud to present it in Canada for the first time,"
said Jorn Weisbrodt, Artistic Director, Luminato Festival. "L'Allegro
is the perfect fusion of music and movement where Mark Morris creates a paradisiacal state of human existence through dance. Just as you would not miss an art exhibition of one of the great masters, you should not miss
The music, one of Handel's most ravishing works, will be performed live by Toronto's own Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, conducted by Jane Glover with soloists Karina
Gauvin, Shannon Mercer, Thomas Cooley and Douglas Williams.
Since its creation in 1988, choreographer Mark Morris' legendary L'ALLEGRO, IL PENSEROSO ED IL MODERATO has earned global recognition as his
company's crowning achievement. Morris' singular interpretation of the oratorio, combining Handel's music with John Milton's cosmic poetry, William Blake's luminous paintings, and Morris' two dozen dancers, is at once
joyous, exhilarating and profound.
Exalted as "one of the great dance works of the twentieth century" by The New Yorker and "a modern miracle" by the Huffington Post, Morris'
bold, brilliant masterpiece will mark its 25th anniversary by making its Canadian debut at Luminato Festival.
June 21 - June 23 @ 7:30 PM
(Sun. @ 3:00 PM) Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. | Tickets: $45 - $95 Phone: 1-855-872-7669 or order online by clicking here