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ALTAMIRA
BALLET BY THE WATER
AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE

 

FREE PERFORMANCES
August 24, 25, 26

 

 

August 12, 2004...Toronto, Ontario... The National Ballet of Canada returns to Harbourfront Centre on August 24, 25 and 26 with three free performances as part of the annual ALTAMIRA BALLET BY THE WATER. The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra led by Music Director and Principal Conductor, ORMSBY WILKINS and Assistant Conductor, NORMAN REINTAMM, will accompany the free outdoor performances. Hosted by Artistic Associate KAREN KAIN, the National Ballet will perform JAMES KUDELKA'S Musings (Movements 1, 2 and 4) and there, below as well as Dances from The Sleeping Beauty. ALTAMIRA BALLET BY THE WATER runs August 24, 25 and 26, 2004 at 8 pm at the CIBC Stage and is being performed as part of the inaugural ALTAMIRA SUMMER ARTS. The event is free and donations will be accepted towards youth based arts programmes.

James Kudelka's Musings was originally created for ballerina KAREN KAIN, and was commissioned by Nicholas Goldschmidt for The Glory of Mozart Festival in 1991 to mark the 200th Anniversary of Mozart's death. When the company performed the work in New York in 1998, Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times stated "Like the music, the choreography has its intricacies beneath its lyrical surface." The opening night cast will feature Principal Dancers JENNIFER FOURNIER, SONIA RODRIGUEZ, ALEKSANDAR ANTONIJEVIC, First Soloists STACEY SHIORI MINAGAWA, REBEKAH RIMSAY, NEHEMIAH KISH, and Second Soloist JEAN-SÉBASTIEN COLAU. Musings will also be performed in its entirety as part of the National Ballet's Spring Season, from May 4-8, 2005.

Kudelka's there, below had its company premiere in the fall of 2003 to strong critical acclaim: "sheer choreographic beauty...this ballet reinforced Kudelka's image as a master of pas de deux" The Toronto Star, 2003. Originally created for BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio in 1989, the ballet features five couples, which will be performed on opening night by First Soloist HEATHER OGDEN with Principal Dancer GUILLAUME CÔTÉ, corps de ballet member ALEJANDRA PEREZ-GOMEZ with First Soloist PATRICK LAVOIE, corps de ballet member SOPHIE LETENDRE with First Soloist RICHARD LANDRY, Principal Dancer MARTINE LAMY with First Soloist PIOTR STANCZYK and Principal Dancers JENNIFER FOURNIER with RYAN BOORNE.

The company will also perform Dances from The Sleeping Beauty, with the opening night cast featuring Principal Dancers GRETA HODGKINSON and ALEKSANDAR ANTONIJEVIC as Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund, First Soloist STACEY SHIORI MINAGAWA and Second Soloist KEIICHI HIRANO in the Bluebird pas de deux and corps de ballet members TANYA EVIDENTE and DAISUKE OHNO in the Pussycat pas de deux.

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Along with ALTAMIRA BALLET BY THE WATER, ALTAMIRA SUMMER ARTS' inaugural season featured outdoor concerts by The Toronto Symphony Orchestra in July and will feature performances by The Canadian Opera Company on August 31, September 1 and 2. As a long-standing member of the investment industry, Altamira is committed to giving back to the communities that have made them successful. The partnership between Altamira and The National Ballet of Canada is an extension of their long tradition of bringing the arts, business and the community together.

Casting


Musings

August 24 and 26
ALEKSANDAR ANTONIJEVIC, JEAN-SÉBASTIEN COLAU, JENNIFER FOURNIER, NEHEMIAH KISH, STACEY SHIORI MINAGAWA, REBEKAH RIMSAY,
SONIA RODRIGUEZ

August 25
GUILLAUME CÔTÉ, CHAN HON GOH, RICHARD LANDRY, HEATHER OGDEN, ALEJANDRA PEREZ-GOMEZ, AVINOAM SILVERMAN, JILLIAN VANSTONE

there, below

August 24
HEATHER OGDEN with GUILLAUME CÔTÉ
ALEJANDRA PEREZ-GOMEZ with PATRICK LAVOIE
SOPHIE LETENDRE with RICHARD LANDRY
MARTINE LAMY with PIOTR STANCZYK
JENNIFER FOURNIER with RYAN BOORNE

August 25
TANYA HOWARD with NEHEMIAH KISH
ALEJANDRA PEREZ-GOMEZ with PATRICK LAVOIE
SOPHIE LETENDRE with RICHARD LANDRY
REBEKAH RIMSAY with ETIENNE LAVIGNE
JENNIFER FOURNIER with RYAN BOORNE

August 26
TANYA HOWARD with NEHEMIAH KISH
LISA ROBINSON with TBA
STEPHANIE HUTCHISON with RYAN BOORNE
MARTINE LAMY with PIOTR STANCZYK
JULIE HAY with PATRICK LAVOIE


Dances from The Sleeping Beauty

Princess Aurora

GRETA HODGKINSON (August 24)

 

SONIA RODRIGUEZ (August 25)

 

HEATHER OGDEN (August 26)

 

 

Prince Florimund

ALEKSANDAR ANTONIJEVIC (August 24)

 

NEHEMIAH KISH (August 25)

 

GUILLAUME CÔTÉ (August 26)

 

 

Princess Florine

STACEY SHIORI MINAGAWA (August 24)

 

HEATHER OGDEN (August 25)

 

JILLIAN VANSTONE (August 26)

 

 

Bluebird

KEIICHI HIRANO (August 24)

 

PATRICK LAVOIE (August 25)

 

RICHARD LANDRY (August 26)

 

 

Kitten

TANYA EVIDENTE (August 24, 25, 26)

 

 

Tomcat

DAISUKE OHNO (August 24, 25, 26)

 

 

Casting and programme subject to change.

ALTAMIRA BALLET BY THE WATER

WHEN:

Tuesday, August 24 at 8 pm
Wednesday, August 25 at 8 pm
Thursday, August 26 at 8 pm

 

 

AT:

Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West)
CIBC Stage
(next to the lake behind Harbourfront Centre at Queens Quay west of York St.)

 

 

ADMISSION

Free of Charge. General Admission.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call Harbourfront Centre (416) 973-4000
or The National Ballet of Canada at (416) 345-9595
Visit the National Ballet website at www.national.ballet.ca.


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The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Department; The Government of Canada through The Department of Canadian Heritage, The Honourable Liza Frulla, Minister; the Ontario Ministry of Culture, The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister; and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

there, below is made possible by a generous gift from The Harbinger Foundation.

Musings is funded in part by Walter Carsen, O.C.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges their ongoing partnership with Harbourfront Centre.

For more information, please contact:
Sally Szuster, Publicity Manager, The National Ballet of Canada
at (416) 345-9686 ext. 302, e-mail: sszuster@national.ballet.ca

or
Shane Gerard, Publicist, Harbourfront Centre
at (416) 973-4655 , email: sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com


Photo: Rebekah Rimsay in Napoli at Altamira Ballet by the Water. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

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