The National Ballet of Canada

Genus & Tarantella & Self and Soul & The Concert

Performance | Spectacle
Genus & The Concert: 2016/17 Preview | The National Ballet of Canada

Toronto ON
March 29-2 avril 2017
29, 30, 31, 1 @ 7:30 | 19:30
Matinée: 30, 1, 2 @ 2:00 | 14:00

Four Seasons Centre
145 Queen St. W
416-345-9595; 1-866-345-9595 
$39-$210 | 39$-210$


The choreographic imagination of Wayne McGregor returns to The National Ballet of Canada with his 2007 work Genus. Inspired by Darwin’s Origin of Species and set to a score by Joby Talbot and Deru, Genus is choreographed for 24 dancers and features much of the intricate dance vocabulary that is the hallmark of Mr. McGregor’s work. Genus is contemporary dance at its most exhilarating.


George Balanchine admired this music composed by Louis Moreau Gottschalk for its wit and audacity and choreographed a pas de deux for Patricia McBride and Edward Villella in 1964. In his Complete Stories of the Great Ballets, Balanchine wrote of the music, “It is a dazzling display piece, full of speed and high spirits. So, I hope, is the dance, which is ‘Neopolitan’ if you like and ‘demi-caractère.’”

Self and Soul

Self and Soul by Choreographic Associate Robert Binet was created for The Twelfth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize in 2016, set to music by A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

The Concert

Jerome Robbins’ The Concert is a comic jeu d’esprit centred on a group of concertgoers attending a Chopin piano recital. Inspired by the music, the concertgoers begin to fantasize scenarios of utterly shameless comic extravagance, all enacted by the dancers. Subtitled The Perils of Everybody, this is Robbins the populist at his best, the entertainer who could wed choreography with slapstick panache.

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