Canada’s National Ballet School’s annual Spring Showcase performance will feature a wide array of works from classical to contemporary, some of them new to the NBS stage and some returning favorites.
The program includes Scotch Symphony, choreographed by George Balanchine in 1952 and inspired by the rugged landscape and the grandeur of Scottish Regiments. Ein Von Veil, choreographed by Sabrina Matthews, an NBS alumna, is a duet for two male dancers set to nine of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Also on the program are excerpts from Act III of La Bayadère, choreographed by Marius Petipa, and Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat, inspired by poems and songs that center around farming life in Spain and the desperate need for rain. Jardi Tancat won the International Choreographers Competition in 1983 in Cologne, Germany, when it debuted.
The Spring Showcase serves as both a performance opportunity for the Toronto school’s full-time students and a way for NBS to share dance with the community. This year’s edition will run May 26 to 28 at 7:30pm with a revolving cast of NBS dancers.
Opening night features a post-show reception for ticket holders. Tickets are $50 ($25 for students and seniors) and are available beginning April 26 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis Street, or by calling 416.964.5148. For more information visit www.nbs-enb.ca/about/events/showcase2011.aspx.