One of the top international ballet companies, The National Ballet of Canada, was founded in 1951. A company of 70 dancers with its own orchestra, the National Ballet has been led by Artistic Director Karen Kain since 2005. Renowned for its diverse repertoire, the company performs traditional full-length classics, embraces contemporary work and encourages the creation of new ballets as well as the development of Canadian choreographers. Located in Toronto, the National Ballet tours internationally, with recent engagements in London, New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.
ROBERT BINET is one of the most exciting choreographers of the new ballet generation. Prior to joining the National Ballet as Choreographic Associate, he was the first-ever Choreographic Apprentice for The Royal Ballet in London. Robert has created works for The Dutch National Ballet, The German National Youth Ballet and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and has collaborated with indie artists such as Owen Pallett and Belle & Sebastian. In September, Robert will be the first Canadian in over 20 years to create a new ballet for the New York City Ballet.
Never seen before in Toronto, Orpheus Becomes Eurydice explores the ideas of connection, communication and loss embedded in the Greek myth of Orpheus. The piece was co-commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada and The Banff Centre, and was created in collaboration with librettist and dramaturge Rosamund Small. The music is by Brooklyn-based composer Missy Mazzoli, and includes excerpts from Vespers for a New Dark Age, released in 2015 on New Amsterdam Records.