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THE SCOOP | National Ballet Announce A Surprise Season

By Michael Vincent on June 22, 2021

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So, are we getting our National Ballet back, or what?

With in-person events on the horizon, all eyes are on Canada’s performing arts groups for 2021-22 season announcements.

So far, Canadian Opera Company has no idea what they’re doing yet. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra — on the other hand — is reopening this November with some minor caveats.

Last but not least, the National Ballet of Canada has today announced details for its 70th anniversary season.

After nearly two years in a pandemic holding pattern, the National Ballet season is officially opening this summer.

  • Sharing the Stage / Harbourfront Centre | August 9 – 29, 2021
  • Angels’ Atlas & Serenade | November 11 – November 21, 2021
  • The Nutcracker | Dates TBD
  • A Streetcar Named Desire | March 2 – March 6, 2022
  • The Sleeping Beauty | March 11 – March 20, 2022
  • Elite Syncopations | March 23 – March 27, 2022
  • Swan Lake | June 10 – June 26, 2022

What we’re looking forward to the most:

The company will premiere world premieres by Choreographic Associate Alysa Pires and newly appointed Principal Dancer Siphesihle November. Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain and Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations opens in March.

Winter includes two full-length story ballets, A Streetcar Named Desire by John Neumeier and The Sleeping Beauty by Rudolf Nureyev.

Closing the season in June will be Swan Lake, which was initially scheduled for Kain’s 50th anniversary with the company last year.

This is Karen Kain’s year: 2021-22 will be the final season programmed by Karen Kain before she steps down as Artistic Director on June 30, 2021. The accolades are already rolling in. So far, Kain has her own street and commemorative stamps.

Subscriptions for the 2021/22 season are now on sale.

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