The National Ballet Of Canada's First Performance In Russia To Be Livestreamed

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada and Barry Hughson, Executive Director today announced that the company's first performance in Moscow will be livestreamed across Russia on Yandex. The free livestream will take place on October 15, 2018 direct from The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre in Moscow where the National Ballet will perform a mixed programme to a sold-out audience as part of Diana Vishneva's Context festival.

The free livestream is part of an educational partnership between Context festival and Yandex, Russia's largest search engine. Leading Russian universities and cultural institutions have also collaborated with Yandex providing materials and academic research on this new initiative.

The National Ballet will perform Paz de la Jolla by Justin Peck, Being and Nothingness by Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté and Crystal Pite's Emergence. Paz de la Jolla and Being and Nothingness will be livestreamed on the opening night. The company then travels to St. Petersburg to perform at The Mariinsky II, October 19, 2018, also as part of Context festival. The National Ballet's Music Director and Principal Conductor David Briskin will conduct The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre Orchestra in Moscow and The Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg.

Ms. Kain will be part of ContextSpeaks, the festival's conversation series, prior to the opening night performance in Moscow on October 15, 2018 at the Stanislavsky Music Theatre. The National Ballet's Associate Artistic Director Christopher Stowell will lead a masterclass event at Context PRO on October 18, 2018 in St. Petersburg at the Diana Vishneva Context Studio, New Holland Island.

Founded by Diana Vishneva, Principal Dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet, the annual Context festival features contemporary new works as well as critically acclaimed productions. Founded in 2013, the festival has presented works of the most renowned contemporary choreographers, including Martha Graham, Ji?í Kylián, Maurice Béjart, Mats Ek, Marco Goecke and Aszure Barton.

This fall, the National Ballet's 2018/19 season in Toronto opens with the North American premiere of Anna Karenina choreographed by John Neumeier, November 10 - 18, 2018. Based on Leo Tolstoy's great masterwork, Anna Karenina is the first cooperation between the National Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet.

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