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THE SCOOP | New Ballet Adapted From Margaret Atwood Novels To Premiere In Toronto

By Michael Vincent on February 14, 2020

Margaret Atwood (Photo : ActuaLitté)
Margaret Atwood (Photo : ActuaLitté)

Renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor will be adapting a new ballet based on a trilogy of novels by Toronto-based author Margaret Atwood.

Titled MADDADDAM, the ballet is a co-commission between the National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet in London, and will premiere in Toronto November 21 – 29, 2020, before moving onto London in 2022.

The post apocalyptic story is based on Atwood’s popular trilogy, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam, and will feature a score by composer Max Richter.

The ballet will be backed by the same creative team behind McGregor’s ambitious triptych, Woolf Works (2015), inspired by the multidimensional writing of Virginia Woolf.

“I have long admired Wayne as he continually pushes boundaries of creativity and inspires audiences around the world with his intelligent, visually stunning and highly physical work,” said Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada. “This is our third co-production with The Royal Ballet and they will present MADDADDAM in London in 2022.”

The team also comprises lighting designer Lucy Carter, set designer We Not I, filmmaker Ravi Deepres and dramaturg Uzma Hameed.

For more details on the National Ballet of Canada’s 2020-21 season, see HERE.

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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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