About Assemblée Internationale 2013
Message from Mavis Staines CM, DHumL, Artistic Director
Bringing the world together
The Assemblée Internationale 2013 welcomes students and artistic staff from eighteen international professional ballet schools to Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) for an intensive seven days of classes, rehearsals, performances, forums and professional development for Artistic Directors.
Seeing the world on stage
Performances will range from works representative of each ballet's school culture, to student-created choreography where performances will see blended casts from each of the schools' inparticipants. Casting for these latter works is assigned prior to the AI, yet rehearsals with the casts will only occur once the students are all on site.
Exploring new technologies
New to the AI 13, NBS is launching a trilogy of projects, with the first component being introduced during the Assemblée Internationale. Shaun Amyot, NBS artistic staff member and choreographer, will collaborate with Amsterdam-based choreographer, Michael Schumacher, to create a work incorporating live streaming with students from the National Ballet Academy, Amsterdam and AI 13 students in Toronto. The two subsequent projects will follow in 2014 and 2015, involving additional schools and multiple locations.
The schools invited to participate in the Assemblée Internationale 2013 are those with which NBS has a long standing partnership. Students and staff in these schools regularly welcome NBS students on exchanges, and similarly, we eagerly embrace guest teachers and exchange students to our campus each year. All but one of the schools that attended the inaugural Assemblée Internationale 2009 will be attending the AI13, and we are pleased to welcome an additional five schools over and above the initial Assemblée Internationale, held in November, 2009.