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Alexis Fletcher, Ballet BC

Michael Siobodian

Emily Molnar, Nicole Lizée

Michael Siobodian | Murray Lightburn

Andrew Staniland, Jean Grand-Maître

Bo Huang (Andrew Staniland)

Guillaume Côté, Kevin Lau

Aleksandar Antonijevic | Bo Huang

Canada 150 event

World Premiere

NAC Commission

This landmark NAC Commission pairs three of Canada’s outstanding choreographic talents with three of the country’s most exciting composers. Ballet BC’s trail-blazing Emily Molnar meets her musical match with innovative composer Nicole Lizée. Alberta Ballet’s eminent and prolific Jean Grand-Maître joins forces with multiple award-winning new music visionary Andrew Staniland; and Guillaume Côté, gifted dancer and choreographic associate with the National Ballet of Canada, is perfectly paired with noted emerging composer Kevin Lau.

Three remarkable new one-act ballets, each with an original orchestral score, will be performed en première by dozens of dazzling dancers together with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under the baton of music director Alexander Shelley. An unprecedented event to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial!

ENCOUNT3RS has been made possible by generous donors to the National Arts Centre Foundation, including The Honourable Margaret McCain, C.C., who believe in investing in Canadian creators.

“This creative collaboration is unprecedented in NAC history. These world premieres from six incredible Canadian artists will be a dance/music delight!”
Cathy Levy
Canada 150 event


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