THE GREATEST LOVE STORY OF ALL TIME TAKES THE STAGE IN SOUTHAM HALL
For three nights only, The National Ballet of Canada brings Romeo and Juliet back to life at the NAC
January 24, 2023 – OTTAWA, Canada – From February 2-4, a romantic breeze will blow on Southam Hall’s stage as NAC Dance welcomes The National Ballet of Canada with its acclaimed production Romeo and Juliet by choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.
Created in 2011 to open the company’s 60th anniversary season, this production is true to the colour and character of 16th-century Verona. Fast footwork, expressive pas de deux, and inspired ensemble sections make Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet a thoughtful and visually striking revival of one of ballet’s great narrative works.
Set to the enduringly popular music of Sergei Prokofiev, and accompanied by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, this guest appearance by the NBoC is not to be missed.
The February 3 performance will be filled with emotion as Guillaume Côté, Principal Dancer with the National Ballet, will dance the role of Romeo at the NAC for the last time. Côté created the role in Ratmansky’s production 11 years ago.
“Gorgeously performed with incredible musicality by The National Ballet of Canada, you are sure to be swept up in the grandeur and drama of this unforgettable love story.” – says Cathy Levy, Executive Producer, NAC Dance.
Verona is the site of a longstanding feud between two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Romeo, a Montague, falls in love with Juliet, a forbidden Capulet, and they secretly marry. When Juliet learns she is pledged to marry someone else, she takes a sleeping potion to convince her family she is dead. She sends news of her plan to Romeo, but he does not receive it. Believing Juliet dead, Romeo takes his own life and she, on waking, takes hers.
PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION
In-person in Southam Hall
February 2-4 at 8 PM
To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster online or call 1-844-985-2787 (ARTS). Please visit https://nac-cna.ca/en/visit to find out what you need to know before accessing the building and facilities.
To learn more about the 2022–2023 NAC Dance season, visit the NAC website.
SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
Lead philanthropic support for Romeo and Juliet is provided by Sandra Pitblado, C.M. & Jim Pitblado, C.M., with additional generous support from Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and Walter Carsen, O.C.
THANK YOU TO OUR NAC DANCE SPONSORS
NAC Dance and the NAC Foundation would like to thank the donors and partners who have made the season possible. Thank you to Hotel Partner the Lord Elgin Hotel. The role of Executive Producer, NAC Dance is generously supported by an anonymous donor.
ABOUT THE NAC
The National Arts Centre is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre in collaboration with Black Theatre Workshop, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety — and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe.
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