In with the new

"The Collective Agreement", "Crepuscular", "Concerto"
The National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Toronto, Canada
November 9, 2022 

by Denise Sum
copyright © 2022 by Denise Sum

CollectiveAgreementThe National Ballet of Canada's 2022-2023 season opened with a mixed program ushering in the new. Toronto-born Hope Muir started her appointment as artistic director of the company in January 2022, marking a new era after Karen Kain's 16 year tenure in the role. This repertory program is the first Muir has put together for the NBoC. Muir has expressed a commitment to foster more diversity in the company and its programming, which could be seen here. It featured a new work created by Vanesa G.R. Montoya, principal dancer at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, which premiered in the summer of 2021 during the company's outdoor performances at the Harbourfront Centre. It also included Alonzo King's "The Collective Agreement", the NBoC's first acquisition from King and the first time this work has been performed in Canada. The program concluded with a revival of Sir Kenneth MacMillan's "Concerto", last performed by the company in 1990. 

Jurgita Dronina and Harrison James in "The Collective Agreement". Photo by Karolina Kuras. 

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