After a long hiatus from touring, The National Ballet of Canada (NBoC) once again took to the international stage this month. From April 17-21, the company performed Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, to the famous Prokofiev score. Ratmansky’s version of the iconic ballet was created for the NBoC in 2011 to mark the company’s sixtieth anniversary, and features set and costume design by Richard Hudson and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. The company, with former Prima Ballerina Karen Kain as its current artistic director, returned to the London stage after more than twenty-five years; its last performance there was in 1987 and its first tour in 1972. The NBoC continues its international travels with performances of Giselle, The Four Seasons and Emergence at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York from July 16-18 and will perform Romeo and Juliet at The Music Center in Los Angeles in July 2014.
Canada’s National Ballet School also went to Europe this month: five students from the school participated in the Paris Opera Ballet School’s 300th anniversary gala performance at the Palais Garnier in Paris on April 20, 2013. It was the only North American school to participate in the event, and students performed alongside participants from the Royal Danish Ballet School, The Royal Ballet School, the John Cranko Schule, the Accademia Teatro alla Scala and The School of the Hamburg Ballet.