Jillian Vanstone in The Dream © Karolina Kuras

The National Ballet of Canada

Paz de la Jolla, Apollo, The Dream

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Jillian Vanstone in The Dream © Karolina Kuras
Dance Ballet with Orchestra
“Simply put, Apollo is on a short list of the greatest ballets ever.” National Post

NAC Presentation

As a top international company, The National Ballet of Canada boasts an impressive repertoire of choreographic gems. Their NAC program will feature works by the illustrious George Balanchine and Sir Frederick Ashton, principal architects of 20th century classical ballet, and trailblazer Justin Peck. Apollo, one of Balanchine’s most famous collaborations with composer Igor Stravinsky, is a masterpiece of neo-classicism that changed the language of ballet forever. Paz de la Jolla is a joyous work by New York City Ballet dancer and resident choreographer Justin Peck and Ashton’s beguiling The Dream is a lyrical masterpiece based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Did you know: Paz de la Jolla was the subject matter of the 2014 feature-length documentary Ballet 422 by Jody Lee Lipes.

Running time
Paz de La Jolla – 20 min. 
Apollo – 30 min.
The Dream – 51 min.

In his 2013 work Paz de la Jolla, New York City Ballet dancer and Resident Choreographer Justin Peck has created a heartfelt and sun-washed homage to his southern California upbringing. Set to Martinu's Sintonietta la Jolla, the ballet is a sweet-natured billet-doux to beach life and young love, the choreography both brisk and languid, salty and sensual, rich in emotional undercurrents and evocative of the pleasures and fears of youth and coming of age.


Apollo was first performed by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes on June 12, 1928. It was the first ballet choreographed by George Balanchine to receive international recognition and is the earliest work that illustrates Mr. Balanchine's flair for revitalizing 19th-century classicism with a modern dance vocabulary distinctly his own. Apollo was his second ballet set to the music of Stravinsky and marked the beginning of his lifelong partnership with the composer. 

The ballet depicts Apollo, the young god of music, who is visited and instructed by three Muses, who were also the children of Zeus and therefore his half-sisters: Calliope, Muse of poetry, whose symbol is a tablet; Polyhymnia, Muse of mime, whose symbol is the mask and Terpsichore, Muse of dance and song, whose symbol is a lyre.


Created in 1964, Frederick Ashton's The Dream, based on A Midsummer Night's Dream, is one of the most universally admired and artistically satisfying of all ballet adaptations of the playwright's work. Using Felix Mendelssohn's beloved music, arranged by John Lanchbery, Ashton's version of the play is a miracle of dramatic concision, giving us the familiar characters of Titania and Oberon, the four confused lovers, Puck and the rude mechanicals in a taut but lyrical one-act re-imagining of the story set in Victorian times. Ashton's vibrant, moonlit choreography seamlessly integrated with every magical shift in the narrative's mood.

Performance is approximately 2 hours (Paz de La Jolla – 20 min., Apollo – 30 min., The Dream – 51 min.) including intermission

video: The Dream | 2018 | The National Ballet of Canada
The Dream | 2018 | The National Ballet of Canada
video: The Dream: Inside the Studio | 2018 | The National Ballet of Canada
The Dream: Inside the Studio | 2018 | The National Ballet of Canada
video: The Dream: Men on Pointe | 2018 | The National Ballet of Canada
The Dream: Men on Pointe | 2018 | The National Ballet of Canada
video: Apollo | 2018 | The National Ballet of Canada
Apollo | 2018 | The National Ballet of Canada
video: Paz de la Jolla | 2018 | The National Ballet of Canada
Paz de la Jolla | 2018 | The National Ballet of Canada
Jillian Vanstone in The Dream © Karolina Kuras
Jillian Vanstone with Artists of the Ballet in The Dream © Aleksandar Antonijevic
Jillian Vanstone and Harrison James in The Dream. © Aleksandar Antonijevic
Guillaume Côté, Xiao Nan Yu & Artists of the Ballet in Apollo © Cylla von Tiedemann
Guillaume Côté in Apollo © Cylla von Tiedemann
Artists of the Ballet in Paz de la Jolla. © Aleksandar Antonijevic
Hannah Fischer and Harrison James in Paz de la Jolla. © Aleksandar Antonijevic

Artists

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  • Featuring The National Ballet of Canada
  • Featuring NAC Orchestra
  • Paz de la Jolla CHOREOGRAPHY Justin Peck
    STAGED BY Christian Tworzyanski
    MUSIC Bohuslav Martinů
    COSTUME DESIGN Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
    LIGHTING DESIGN Mark Stanley
  • Apollo CHOREOGRAPHY George Balanchine
    MUSIC Igor Stravinsky, Apollon Musagète
    LIGHTING DESIGN Robert Thomson
  • The Dream CHOREOGRAPHY Frederick Ashton
    MUSIC Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
    OVERTURE AND INCIDENTAL ARRANGMENT John Lanchbery
    SCENERY AND COSTUME DESIGN David Walker
    LIGHTING DESIGN Thomas Saunders after The Royal Ballet design.
  • Guest Conductor Ormsby Wilkins
  • Stage Manager Jeff Morris
  • Stage Manager Liliane Stilwell
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