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National Ballet of Canada | Paz de la Jolla & The Man in Black with Cacti

June 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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One event on June 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

One event on June 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm

One event on June 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm

One event on June 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm

One event on June 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm


In his 2013 work Paz de la Jolla, New York City Ballet dancer and Resident Choreographer Justin Peck has created a heartfelt and sun-washed homage to his southern California upbringing. Set to Martinů’s Sinfonietta la Jolla, the ballet is a gorgeously conceived, sweet-natured billet-doux to beach life and young love, the choreography both brisk and languid, salty and sensual, rich in emotional undercurrents and evocative of the pleasures and fears of youth and coming of age.

James Kudelka’s restless, wonderfully fertile choreographic imagination has never ceased to surprise audiences with the conceptually bold, stylistically varied and emotionally complex ballets it brings forth. The Man in Black is an especially vivid example of the choreographer’s ability to find fresh and challenging modes of expression. Set to six songs performed by the late country and western giant Johnny Cash – In My Life, Four Strong Winds, Sam Hall, If You Could Read My Mind, Hurt and Further On (Up The Road) – the work for one female and three male dancers is by turns haunting, funny, anguished and touching, an utterly arresting work by one of today’s finest dancemakers. The choreography re-configures several popular country and western dance styles and the fluid partnering and structural groupings that result generate a sequence of striking poetic images that merge seamlessly with the dark, plangent yearning of the songs.

Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman has earned a well-deserved international reputation for creating genre-breaking, unsettling ballets that question both the nature of dance and the meaning of performance. Cacti, which premiered with the National Ballet in 2016, is quintessential Ekman, a quick-paced, wickedly ironic and multiform work that satirizes the ponderousness and silliness of some contemporary dance and the often fatuous critical response to it.

Paz de la Jolla
Jillian Vanstone (Jun 16 at 2:00 pm, 22)
Chelsy Meiss (Jun 16 at 7:30 pm, 20)
Jenna Savella (Jun 17, 21)

Emma Hawes and Brendan Saye (Jun 16 at 2:00 pm, 17, 21)
Hannah Fischer and Harrison James (Jun 16 at 7:30 pm, 20, 22)

Erika Delponte or Jaclyn Oakley, Hannah Galway or Miyoko Koyasu, Christopher Gerty or Ben Rudisin or Brent Parolin, Spencer Hack or Félix Paquet or Trygve Cumpston, 
Jeannine Haller or Jordana Daumec, Kathryn Hosier or Rui Huang, Rui Huang or Calley Skalnik or Jaclyn Oakley, Soo Ah Kang, Miyoko Koyasu or Meghan Pugh, Jaclyn Oakley or Alexandra MacDonald, Antonella Martinelli or Jeannine Haller, Siphesihle November or Giorgio Galli or DaeHan Na, Robert Stephen or Dylan Tedaldi, Ethan Watts or Skylar Campbell or Laurynas Vejalis, Chae Eun Yang

The Man in Black
Jonathan Renna, Jenna Savella, Piotr Stanczyk, Robert Stephen (Jun 16 at 2:00 pm, 17)
Francesco Gabriele Frola, Stephanie Hutchison, Kota Sato, Ethan Watts (Jun 16 at 7:30 pm, 21)
Jonathan Renna, Rebekah Rimsay, Piotr Stanczyk, Robert Stephen (Jun 20, 22)

Jordana Daumec, Jeannine Haller or Meghan Pugh, Emma Hawes, Soo Ah Kang or 
Andreea Olteanu, Alexandra MacDonald, Antonella Martinelli or Stephanie Hutchison, Chelsy Meiss, Chae Eun Yang or Rui Huang

Skylar Campbell or Giorgio Galli, Jimmy Coleman or Robert Stephen, Naoya Ebe, 
Christopher Gerty or Félix Paquet, Spencer Hack, Peng-Fei Jiang or Brent Parolin, Ben Rudisin, Dylan Tedaldi

Solo String Quartet
Aaron Schwebel, Violin
Dominique Laplante, Violin
Angela Rudden, Viola
Maurizio Baccante, Cello (Jun 16, 17)
Olga Laktionova, Cello (Jun 20, 21, 22)

Ludwig Van


June 16, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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145 Queen St. W.
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