Fri, August 18 12:00am

Sharing The Stage – Day 2

The National Ballet of Canada

6pm | 7:15pm | 8pm

Join us for a mixed programme featuring The National Ballet of Canada and three companies, a workshop with Lua Shayenne Dance Company and Show + Tell with Rock Bottom Movement.

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Fri, August 18 12:00am

Sharing The Stage – Day 2

The National Ballet of Canada

6pm | 7:15pm | 8pm

Join us for a mixed programme featuring The National Ballet of Canada and three companies, a workshop with Lua Shayenne Dance Company and Show + Tell with Rock Bottom Movement.

 
National Ballet Day 2

Ben Rudisin and Tina Pereira in Act II Pdd from Swan Lake at Sharing the Stage. Photo by Karolina Kuras

About

The National Ballet of Canada returns to Harbourfront Centre in August with Sharing the Stage, free outdoor performances on the Concert Stage as well as free dance classes and interactive conversations. 

New This Year: 

Reserved general admission seating is now sold out. An in-person Rush line with a limited number of Rush seats will be open as of 6:30 pm on the day of each performance. All reserved seats not claimed by 7:15 pm will be promptly released to the Rush line.

6 – 6:45pm, Dance With Us

Lua Shayenne Dance Company

Stage in the Park

Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC) blends dance, music and storytelling rooted in West African culture with contemporary art forms and social commentary. LSDC produces original dance works, enriching educational programs, YENSA Festival – a biennal festival that celebrates Black Women in dance – in addition to offering professional and community workshops with local and international artists. Led by the vision of Artistic Director, Lua Shayenne, LSDC’s artistic practice is also a spiritual one in service to the wider community; the process of creating something new can potentially increase our sense of spiritual connection to one another and transform the hearts of our audiences and participants. 

In its 12th year, LSDC has presented six full-length productions including KIRA, The Path | La Voie, Djaa, the Drought, Hybrid and Woman’s Whisper, cos.mo.pol.i.tan, Djaa and Departure 00:00. LSDC has also been featured in major venues and festivals such as the 33rd Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance, Sharing the Stage, dance: made in canada festival | fait au canada | d:mic, Fall for Dance North, Dusk Dances, Dancing On the Edge Festival and more. 

A reservation is not required for this portion of the event.

7:15 – 7:45pm, Show + Tell

Rock Bottom Movement

Concert Stage

Rock Bottom Movement is an absurdist dance company founded and led by choreographer Alyssa Martin. Based in Toronto, the group has spent the last decade blurring genre boundaries of dance, theatre and comedy, launching irreverently from their shared modern dance training. Initially founded as a busking company, the group has since grown to share work for stage and film nationally. With an affinity for homemade spectacle, their recent acclaimed works include Sex Dalmatian, DINO and hollow mountain. Through creative residencies at art centres including The Banff Centre, Canadian Stage, The Stratford Festival Lab and CreativAction’s Open Space Programme at The National Ballet of Canada, they’ve built a working atmosphere prioritizing play and collective support. Rock Bottom Movement has been recognized with multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the Canadian Stage Award for Direction. Every project they undertake is driven by high-energy mischief, functional friendship, and deep consideration for their audiences. 

A reservation is required for this event. You will remain in the same seat for the next portion of the evening, Outdoor Performances.

8pm, Outdoor Performances by The National Ballet of Canada With Guest Companies

Concert Stage

The National Ballet of Canada will present three repeated outdoor performances on the Concert Stage, August 17 – 19. Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director, and Robert Binet, Curator and Producer, CreativAction and Special Initiatives, have curated a programme that features the National Ballet and three guest companies. 

Alleged Dances Excerpt by Rena Butler, Performed by The National Ballet of Canada

Waves | Vagues, Performed by Lua Shayenne Dance Company  

payɛʔot by Cameron Fraser-Monroe, Performed by The National Ballet of Canada

Vida, Performed by Compañía Carmen Romero, The National Ballet of Canada and RBC Apprentices

Concerto Pas de deux by Kenneth MacMillan, Performed by The National Ballet of Canada

KID SISTER Performed by Rock Bottom Movement  

Ever New by Robert Binet, Performed by The National Ballet of Canada and RBC Apprentices 

A reservation is required for this event, continuing from the previous Show + Tell.

Credits

Alleged Dances

Choreography Rena Butler Costume Design Hogan McLaughlin Lighting Design Jeff Logue 

Music
John Adams, John’s Book of Alleged Dances (1994) 
By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, INC., publisher and copyright owner 

Produced and commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada.

Lead philanthropic support for Alleged Dances is provided by an Anonymous Donor, with additional support provided by The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers’ Circle

The Producers’ Circle (2023): Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry Lozinski, O.C. & Joan Lozinski, O.C., The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado, C.M & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

Waves | Vagues

Performed by Lua Shayenne Dance Company Text, Composer, Choreography Lua Shayenne Text, Story Developer, Dramaturge Tawiah M’carthy

Percussionists, Music Collaborators Kemar Scarlett, Cécé Haba, Connor ‘Chino’ Chang, Kevin Howe Lighting Design Jeff Logue, The National Ballet of Canada Interpreters Aisha Nicholson, Rose-Mary “Rosie” Harbans, Kwasi Obeng-Adjei, Monique Pascall, Lua Shayenne

Waves | Vagues was rehearsed at Harbourfront Centre in partnership with The National Ballet of Canada’s Sharing the Stage, August 2021.

payɛʔot by Cameron Fraser-Monroe 

Choreography Cameron Fraser-Monroe Costume Design The National Ballet of Canada Wardrobe Department Wardrobe Supervisor Stacy Dimitropoulos Lighting Design Jeff Logue, The National Ballet of Canada

Music
Cris Derksen, Smile at Me and We Danced, Movement I

Produced and Commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada

Vida

Performed by Compañia Carmen Romero and RBC Apprentices of The National Ballet of Canada Choreography Carmen Romero

Music
Paco Montalvo, el Vito Cordobes

Concerto Pas de deux

Choreography Kenneth MacMillan Costume Design Jürgen Rose Lighting Design John B. Read 

Music
Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 (1957) 

KID SISTER

Choreography, Direction Alyssa Martin Composer Jacob Vanderham Creative Collaborators Drew Berry, Brayden Jamil Cairns, Sam Grist, Sierra Kellman Costume Design Brayden Jamil Cairns Performers Drew Berry, Brayden Jamil Cairns, Sam Grist, Jessica Mak 

Ever New

Choreography Robert Binet Costume Design The National Ballet of Canada Wardrobe Department Wardrobe Supervisor  Stacy Dimitropoulos Lighting Design Jeff Logue 

Music
Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Let Us Dance (Arca Remix), Sunset Village, Ever New 

Ben Rudisin and Tina Pereira in Act II Pdd from Swan Lake at Sharing the Stage. Photo by Karolina Kuras

Access Info

A limited number of accessible seats are available and can be booked as of August 1 by contacting The National Ballet by phone at 416-345-9595 or by email at info@national.ballet.ca.

Dates & Times

August 18
6pm  7:15pm  8pm 

More Info

Reserved general admission seating is now sold out. An in-person Rush line with a limited number of Rush seats will be open as of 6:30 pm on the day of each performance. All reserved seats not claimed by 7:15 pm will be promptly released to the Rush line.

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