August 16–20, 2022

Live Performances with Guest Companies

The National Ballet of Canada

Kota Sato, the National Ballet

Kota Sato, The National Ballet of Canada. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

Event Info At A Glance

Price Overview: Free

Venue Overview: Concert Stage

Overview

The National Ballet of Canada and four guest companies light up the Concert Stage at Harbourfront Centre with an exciting repertoire selection. 

Two mixed programs will feature excerpts from Chroma by Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, pas de deux from Swan Lake, directed and staged by Karen Kain, new CreativAction Micro-Commissions from Natasha Powell and Ethan Colangelo as well as new works from four guest companies: Holla Jazz, Rock Bottom Movement, Samantha Sutherland and Tanveer Alam. There will also be live music featuring members of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and guest musicians.

Programme A, August 16, 19, 20 at 8pm

Chroma Excerpt 1 and 2 Performed by the National Ballet

Margarita Excerpt Performed by Holla Jazz

4 for 5 by Natasha Powell Performed by the National Ballet

Swan Lake Pas de Deux Performed by the National Ballet

Haazri Performed by Tanveer Alam

After the Rain Performed by the National Ballet

Programme B, August 17, 18 at 8pm

Chroma Excerpt 1 and 2 Performed by the National Ballet

as seen from before by Ethan Colangelo Performed by the National Ballet

kaqwiⱡȼi Performed by Samantha Sutherland

Swan Lake Pas de Deux Performed by the National Ballet

DINO Performed by Rock Bottom Movement

About The National Ballet of Canada

One of the top international ballet companies, The National Ballet of Canada, was founded in 1951 by Celia Franca. One of the leading international ballet companies, the National Ballet has 70 dancers and its own orchestra. 

Renowned for its diverse repertoire, the company performs traditional full-length classics, embraces contemporary work and encourages the creation of new ballets and the development of Canadian choreographers. The company’s repertoire of works includes Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Aszure Barton, Marie Chouinard, John Cranko, William Forsythe, James Kudelka, Wayne McGregor, Kenneth McMillan, John Neumeier, Rudolf Nureyev, Crystal Pite, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon and the company’s Choreographic Associates Robert Binet, Guillaume Côté and Alysa Pires. 

For the first time in 2020/21, the company commissioned new work specifically for film, including world premieres by Jennifer Archibald, Vanesa Garcia-Ribala Montoya, Kevin A. Ormsby, Brendan Saye, Jera Wolfe and Mr. Côté and Ms. Pires. 

Located in Toronto, Canada’s premiere dance company has performed for over 10 million people. The National Ballet has toured in Canada, the USA and internationally with performances in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Israel, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy and Mexico. Most recently, the company appeared in London, Los Angeles, Paris, Hamburg, Moscow and St. Petersburg, New York City and Washington. D.C.  

The National Ballet is committed to education and community engagement for families and youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the joys of ballet. The company has a wide range of age-appropriate programs designed to engage with schools and children in the GTA and communities across Canada. YOU dance, the National Ballet’s signature program, is designed to introduce students in grades four, five and six to the world of dance through FREE workshops and performances.  

The National Ballet is a company with its own orchestra as well as production and administrative staff. All the costumes and sets are built at The Gretchen Ross Production Centre. As a pre-eminent builder of full productions for ballet in North America, the National Ballet regularly rents out sets and costumes to ballet companies around the world. 

Dates & Times

August 16
8pm – The National Ballet + HollaJazz and Tanveer Alam
60 mins

August 17
8pm – The National Ballet + Rock Bottom Movement + Samantha Sutherland
54 mins

August 18
8pm – The National Ballet + HollaJazz and Tanveer Alam
54 mins

August 19
8pm – The National Ballet + Rock Bottom Movement + Samantha Sutherland
60 mins

August 20
8pm – The National Ballet + HollaJazz and Tanveer Alam
60 mins

Venue

Concert Stage

Outdoors, Covered

Wheelchair Accessible

235 Queens Quay W.

Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8