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.
August 24 and 26
Casting and programme subject to change.
ALTAMIRA BALLET BY THE WATER
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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.
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