The National Ballet of Canada, Guillaume Côté , Alexei Ratmansky

Ratmansky & Côté

Performance | Spectacle
Being and Nothingness

Toronto ON
May 30-6 juin 2015

Four Seasons Centre
145 Queen St. W
416-345-9595; 1-866-345-9595 
$26-$249 | 26$-249$

Guillaume Côté’s Being and Nothingness is a four-part reflection in dance of a key theme in Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential philosophy. Using the mesmeric repetitions of Philip Glass and a variety of subtly deployed choreographic strategies, Côté explores the shifting moments of consciousness that shape the nature of human identity constructed against the horizon of non-being.

Recognized as one of the most versatile and artistically wide-ranging of contemporary choreographers, Alexei Ratmansky maintains a deep and abiding connection to the cultural climate and traditions of his native Russia. In his Shostakovich Trilogy (of which, Symphony #9 and Piano Concerto #1 are included in this programme), he turns to the towering musical figure of the ballet’s title and explores through three key works the conflicting dualities of art and politics, imaginative freedom and responsibility, that shaped much of the composer’s life.

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