Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Tickets: $50 Adults, $30 Students & Seniors | Box Office: 416.964.5148
Tickets open to the general public on May 2, 2016 and can be purchased by phone at 416.964.5148 or by email, email@example.com. Box Office Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12pm to 4pm.
Since 1959, Spring Showcase has been a renowned annual performance tradition at Canada's National Ballet School, a mainspring performance vehicle for students in the School's full-time Professional Ballet Program. Presenting captivating dance and celebrating leading choreographers with the community, this highly anticipated event embraces some of the most well-known classical and modern ballets of all time. Performances take place at the Betty Oliphant Theatre at 404 Jarvis Street.
Message from Mavis Staines, Artistic Director & CEO
This year sees Yondering, John Neumeier’s celebrated modern ballet in its 20th anniversary. Originally set on NBS students in 1996, Yondering explores a poignant evocation of youth and mortality set to the music of Stephen Foster. It is an enduring masterpiece and a powerful conclusion to the program. This meant the opening ballet also had to be a masterpiece- which immediately brought to mind George Balanchine’s Serenade.
I am deeply grateful to ©The Balanchine Trust and Joysanne Sidimus, world renowned Balanchine specialist, for making this dream a reality. Created in 1934, Serenade is as relevant and deeply moving in today’s world as it was 82 years ago. From the first strains of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score until the concluding moments, you know you are witnessing ballet at its finest. Serenade is living proof of Balanchine’s genius.
What I find especially meaningful is that both ballets were created on students. The youthful intensity that infuses Serenade and Yondering speaks volumes to the power of emerging artists to carry forward the art of ballet’s vibrancy- long into the future. In fact, this is the program’s theme; choreography created on students, as evidence of the importance of their role in keeping the language of ballet alive and relevant.
The two works in the middle section are creations of NBS Alumni- on NBS students. Shaun Amyot’s Intermittence and the excerpt from Demis Volpi’s Chalkboard Memories celebrate their depth as choreographers and their inspiring capacity to awaken young artists’ creative voices. Shaun Amyot not only created Intermittence but was entrusted by Demis with the task of remounting Chalkboard Memories.
Bringing these four works to life, to share them with you, has been a work of love and source of
inspiration for all involved. Our great hope is that the program will enrich your lives as it has ours.