Na­tional Bal­let part­ners with NFB

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

TORONTO - The Na­tional Bal­let of Canada is team­ing up with the Na­tional Film Board of Canada and Robert Lepage’s theatre com­pany Ex Machina for its 2017-18 sea­son.

The mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary pro­duc­tion “Frame by Frame” is based on the work of the late Cana­dian film­maker Nor­man McLaren, who founded the NFB’s an­i­ma­tion stu­dio.

“Frame by Frame” was co-cre­ated by Lepage and the Na­tional Bal­let of Canada’s chore­o­graphic as­so­ciate Guil­laume Cote, and will have its world pre­miere on June 1, 2018.

The Na­tional Bal­let of Canada will also fea­ture all-Cana­dian chore­og­ra­phers in its “Made in Canada” pro­gram in March 2018.

The sched­ule will in­clude Robert Binet’s “The Dream­ers Ever Leave You,” which was orig­i­nally cre­ated as a co-pro­duc­tion with the Art Gallery of On­tario in­spired by the work of Group of Seven mem­ber Lawren Har­ris.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Karen Kain also an­nounced Wed­nes­day that the Cana­dian com­pany will tour Paris for the first time in 45 years with per­for­mances of Amer­i­can chore­og­ra­pher John Neumeier’s “Ni­jin­sky”.

The new sea­son will also fea­ture com­pany pre­mieres of the Cal­i­for­nia-in­spired “Paz de la Jolla” by Justin Peck of the New York City Bal­let, and Cote’s “Dark An­gels,” which will be staged at the Na­tional Arts Cen­tre in Ot­tawa this April in cel­e­bra­tion of Canada’s 150th birth­day.

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