The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet Celebrate Canada 150
The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, collaborate on a unique performance in London. The Dreamers Ever Leave You by Robert Binet will make its UK premiere at The Printworks, Canada Water in London, October 12 - 13, 2017 to sold-out audiences. #TheDreamersEverLeaveYouNBC
"The National Ballet of Canada has a long and meaningful relationship with The Royal Ballet and we are pleased to mark the occasion of Canada's sesquicentennial with this landmark performance featuring dancers from both company," said Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada.
Kevin O'Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet commented "The Royal Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada have worked together on many occasions and I'm thrilled that our dancers will perform together in what promises to be a unique dance experience in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary."
The Dreamers Ever Leave You was first performed as a co-production with the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2016. Inspired by the landscape paintings of Canadian artist Lawren Harris and set to live music by Lubomyr Melnyk, this immersive work invites the audience to move through The Printworks around the performance as shifting light and colour evoke Harris' paintings of land, light and sky.
Robert Binet is the Choreographic Associate of The National Ballet of Canada and was Choreographic Apprentice of The Royal Ballet 2012-13. The Dreamers Ever Leave You is the latest in a series of collaborations between The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet which includes co-productions of Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter's Tale and the annual World Ballet Day live digital stream.
The sold-out performance in London follows the National Ballet's performance of Nijinsky by John Neumeier at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées October 3 - 8, 2017 in Paris, France.
The tours to London and Paris are made possible with the generous support of Margaret and David Fountain. "Our respect and admiration for Karen Kain has only been deepened during her remarkable tenure as Artistic Director. We are proud to support her mission to showcase The National Ballet of Canada on the world stage in Paris and London in October of this year. We look forward to sharing in the excitement of returning with the company to these renowned international centres of dance."
The National Ballet of Canada will also perform The Dreamers Ever Leave You in March 2018 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.