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THE SCOOP | Principal Casting Announced In National Ballet’s Mixed Program

By Michael Vincent on November 21, 2019

Artists of the Ballet in Piano Concerto #1​
Artists of the Ballet in Piano Concerto #1​ (Photo: Karolina Kuras)

The principal casting for Etudes by Danish choreographer Harald Lander, Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1 and the company premiere of Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort has been announced.

Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1 will feature Principal Dancers Heather Ogden, Harrison James and Naoya Ebe. The ballet pays tribute to Dmitri Shostakovich as the final instalment of his Trilogy.

Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort will feature Svetlana Lunkina, Harrison James, Naoya Ebe and First Soloist Jenna Savella in principal roles. Reprised from the 1991 Salzburg Festival to mark the second centenary of the death of Mozart, Petite Mort includes music from two of Mozart’s most famous piano concertos. Translating as “little death”, the ballet explores the sexual innuendo in the phrase through a cast of dancers who move and spar with one another.

Artists of the Ballet in Etudes
Artists of the Ballet in Etudes (Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann)

 

Harrison James and Svetlana Lunkina in Piano Concerto #1
Harrison James and Svetlana Lunkina in Piano Concerto #1 (Photo: Karolina Kuras)

Heather Ogden, Harrison James and Naoya Ebe will lead Harald Lander’s Etudes. The work was originally commissioned by The Royal Danish Ballet in 1948, and is set to piano exercises by composer Carl Czerny.

Stay tuned for our review of the mixed program on November 28.

The National Ballet’s EtudesPiano Concerto #1 and Petite Mort run November 27 – December 1, 2019, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Details 

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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