John Neumeier, the choreographer whose Nijinsky has brought the National Ballet of Canada international acclaim, will contribute another of his ballets to the company’s 2018/19 season.
Neumeier’s Anna Karenina will open the new season on Nov. 10.
“Those of you who experienced Nijinsky or A Streetcar Named Desire will understand how excited the company is to present the North American premiere of John’s adaptation of Anna Karenina,” artistic director Karen Kain said in a news release.
The production, based on the Leo Tolstoy novel, is the first co-production between the National Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet.
As well, the Canadian company will tour to Hamburg, Germany, in July with an all-Canadian program of James Kudelka’s The Man in Black, Crystal Pite’s Emergence and Robert Binet’s The Dreamers Ever Leave You.
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It follows recent tours by the company to New York, Washington, Los Angeles, London and Paris, where Nijinsky received standing ovations last year.
Also on the bill:
- Two company premieres of works by American choreographer William Forsythe — The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Approximate Sonata 2016 — packaged with Forsythe’s The Second Detail in June 2019.
- The return of The Merry Widow, also in June 2019, with principal dancer Xiao Nan Yu — who is retiring after 22 years with the company at the end of the season — in the title role.
- The return of Being and Nothingness by choreographic associate Guillaume Cote, based on the work of the same name by Jean-Paul Sartre, paired with Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The season also features the return of family favourites The Nutcracker and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Marius Petipa’s Paquita, grouped with George Balanchine’s Apollo and Robert Binet’s The Sea Above, The Sky Below.
See national.ballet.ca for more details.