Jan McNulty Posted February 7, 2013 Share Posted February 7, 2013 The National Ballet of Canada Romeo and Juliet UK PREMIERE Wednesday 17 - Sunday 21 April Tickets: £12 - £45 Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com “Classically based with a refreshing energy and a witty, unexpected slant” The Times Canada’s premier dance company The National Ballet of Canada makes its first London appearance in 26 years presenting the European premiere of its new production of Romeo and Juliet, which was created in 2011 to mark the company’s 60th anniversary. Choreographed by former Bolshoi Ballet director and current Artist in Residence at American Ballet Theatre Alexei Ratmanskyand set to Sergei Prokofiev’s famous score inspired by Shakespeare’s timeless love story, the production features Renaissance-inspired sets and costumes by Tony Award-winning designer Richard Hudson and lighting design by Jennifer Tipton. Ratmansky is one of today’s most in-demand choreographers, celebrated for his inventive and complex choreography and his distinguished contribution to the classical ballet repertoire. The National Ballet of Canada ranks among the world’s top ballet companies. Under the artistic direction of Karen Kain the company, which boasts 71 dancers as well as its own orchestra, has developed a unique repertoire which it has toured to stages all over theworld. “Romeo and Juliet, which was created specifically for the company, is the ideal work to showcase The National Ballet of Canada’s diversity and its talented dancers to an audience who hasn’t seen the company perform in almost three decades,” says Kain. Long recognized as one of the most gifted classical dancers of her era, noted for her compelling characterizations and versatility as aperformer, Artistic Director Karen Kain is one of Canada’s most celebrated and committed advocates for the arts. Kain, who has received many Canadian and international awards throughout her career, testifying to her accomplishments both as an artist and achampion for the arts, retired from dancing following a farewell tour in 1997 and took up the position of Artist-in-Residence with The National Ballet of Canada, a role that was later expanded to that of ArtisticAssociate. In 2004, she restaged Rudolf Nureyev’s landmark version of The Sleeping Beauty for the company and the following year was named Artistic Director. During her time with the company as Artistic Director Kain has overseen the staging of over 70 works, including seven new productions. Under her direction, the National Ballet has worked with renowned dance makers including Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, John Neumeier and Jorma Elo as well as home-grown talent such as James Kudelka and Crystal Pite. Kain is regarded as one of the most respected ballet directors in the world, which was highlighted in 2012 when Tamara Rojo shadowed Kain for three weeks in preparation for her recent appointment as the Artistic Director of the English National Ballet. Born in St. Petersburg, Alexei Ratmansky trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow with Pyotr Pestov and Anna Markeyeva. In his career as performer, Mr. Ratmansky held positions as principal dancer with the Ukrainian National Ballet, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet. As a choreographer, he has created ballets for the Dutch National Ballet, Kirov Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, New York City Ballet, San FranciscoBallet, and the State Ballet of Georgia, under the artistic direction ofABT Principal Dancer Nina Ananiashvili - remove. His 1998 work, Dreams of Japan, choreographed for Ananiashvili, earned him the Theatre Union of Russia’s Golden Mask Award. Co-presenting sponsors: Thomson Reuters and RBC Wealth Management Official Airline: Air Canada Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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