The work of Margaret Atwood will get yet another interpretation in a new ballet getting its world premiere from the National Ballet of Canada.
“MADDADDAM,” inspired by Atwood’s “MaddAddam Trilogy” of books, is being choreographed by Wayne McGregor for the Canadian company with original music by Max Richter as part of its 2020-21 season. It will premiere Nov. 21, 2020.
Atwood, perhaps best known for her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which was turned into an Emmy-winning TV series, is collaborating with McGregor on the ballet version of her apocalyptic “MaddAdam” novels.
The 2020/21 season also includes “Swan Lake” as restaged by the ballet’s retiring artistic director, Karen Kain. It will get a reprise March 13, 2021, following a tour to Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.
The new season begins Nov. 11 with guest company San Francisco Ballet performing works by acclaimed choreographers Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon and Justin Peck.
“MADDADDAM” follows, then holiday perennial “The Nutcracker.” Next up are remounts of John Neumeier’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” (March 3, 2021) and “Frame by Frame” (March 24, 2021), a tribute to animator Norman McLaren by Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté.
“Victoria,” a new ballet about Britain’s redoubtable 19th-century queen choreographed by Cathy Marston, has its North American premiere June 5, 2021. It’s followed June 16 by a mixed program of George Balanchine works set to the music of Tchaikovsky.
The National Ballet will also tour to London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, this summer with “The Sleeping Beauty.”
See national.ballet.ca for more information.
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