National Ballet of Canada on Tour

Comments 99 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The National Ballet of Canada is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year with a Western tour this fall, stopping for several days at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Artists of the Ballet Emergence, Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann
Artists of the Ballet Emergence. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

From September 23rd to September 25th the National Ballet of Canada will present the following in Vancouver:

The Second Detail

Vancouver premiere: Iconoclast, provocateur, poet of the anti-ballet, William Forsythe has proven himself time and again a master of the deconstructivist mode, all the while forging a choreographic world utterly and distinctively his own.

Other Dances

Originally created for Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1976 at a Gala Evening for the Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

The Man in Black

Company premiere: “Constructed from what appear to be simple movements and set to six covers sung by Johnny Cash, The Man in Black keeps the dancers in constant motion. It’s devoid of frills yet as stark and moving as Cash’s voice itself.” – Columbus Alive, 2010


Vancouver premiere: A riveting, dark-hued work that casts a swarming, scurrying group of dancers, insect-like, in an eerily subterranean universe, Crystal Pite’s Emergence explores the instinct for creating social forms through the movement and architecture of the choreography itself.

In partnership with Ballet BC tickets are currently on sale for $55-$95 plus service fees.

If you would like to attend the anniversary tour in Vancouver and catch all of these performances, here’s how you can enter to win tickets:

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I entered to win tickets to @NationalBallet from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 8:00am on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. The winner will receive two tickets to the performance September 24, 2011.

Update The winner is Cara!

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  1. spTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 12:01pm PDT

    Would love to go to the ballet with my wife.

  2. AlyssaTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 12:06pm PDT

    I would love to take my 5 year old to this ballet! She loves to dance and this looks like a fantastic show!

  3. JenTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 12:23pm PDT

    I would love to take my mom to this show!

  4. Jessica R.FTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 12:29pm PDT

    Oh my gosh, I would love to attend this! I am a performer at heart and a great admirer of Ballet BC and its new direction!

  5. Doerthe Keilholz (@KeilholzD)Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 12:42pm PDT

    Would love to go!

  6. RobTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 12:47pm PDT

    Never been before and I know the girlfriend would love to go!

  7. lindsay simmonsTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 1:02pm PDT

    I love the ballet- & would love to take my sister in law, she’s never been

  8. Darcy gTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 1:05pm PDT

    Pick me!!! 🙂

  9. Andrea F-WTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 1:29pm PDT

    I would love to go to this! I haven’t been to the ballet in years.

  10. HayleyTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 1:33pm PDT

    I would love to go to this.

  11. MichelleTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 1:58pm PDT

    It would be the perfect birthday present as a personal treat for myself. <3

  12. Julia BarretoTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 1:58pm PDT

    The picture looks amazing! I would love to go 🙂

  13. KarenTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 2:05pm PDT

    It would be a dream to see this group. A former dancer and teacher myself, I helped teach a young dancer who went onto the National Ballet (and even beyond that), but never had the chance to see her. While she is now retired, I would love to go.

  14. AmyTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 2:05pm PDT

    I love the ballet, but haven’t been in a long time. This would be such a treat!

  15. ErinTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 2:08pm PDT

    This would be a great night out with my mom!

  16. MegTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 2:08pm PDT

    these performances sound so interesting!

  17. RhianTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 2:23pm PDT

    Would love to go to this!

  18. belindaTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 2:24pm PDT

    Ballet awesome.

  19. TaraTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 2:47pm PDT

    I have never been and would LOVE to go!!!!

  20. MichelleTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 2:52pm PDT

    I would never have thought that Johnny Cash’s work would become a ballet. I’m really curious now…

  21. JeffTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 3:26pm PDT

    Sounds interesting

  22. SandraTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 3:30pm PDT

    I love the ballet

  23. KimberlyTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 4:47pm PDT

    I want to win!!!

  24. loreleiTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 5:02pm PDT

    Would love to see the ballet!

  25. tracyTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 5:06pm PDT

    yes! i haven’t been to a ballet performance for the longest time 🙂

  26. MichelleTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 5:34pm PDT

    Yes! Haven’t been to the ballet since moving to BC..too expensive 🙁

  27. KathyTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 6:03pm PDT

    would love to see the national ballet 🙂

  28. VanessaTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 6:15pm PDT

    I love the ballet!

  29. JeanieTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 6:29pm PDT

    I’d love to go!

  30. KimTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 6:30pm PDT

    This would be amazing to see live!

  31. KatieTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 6:48pm PDT

    Would be a great opportunity!

  32. RoxsyTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 7:03pm PDT

    Would love to see this

  33. JeremyTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 7:06pm PDT

    This would be amazing to see.

  34. NatTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 7:21pm PDT

    Would be a great opportunity to introduce my husband to the wonderful world of ballet…. Or maybe better as a girls’ night out

  35. coletteTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 7:43pm PDT

    Oh. my. GOD. The dance with the ‘insect’ like movements? This looks SICK!!!! The last dance I saw was so long ago…La la la Human Steps. Now single mom in this wretchedly expensive city. The Teen and I would be tickled. XXX

  36. SaraTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 8:04pm PDT

    It would be seriously amazing to see the National Ballet of Canada with my Mom!

  37. NancyTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 9:22pm PDT

    I would love to go! Haven’t seen the National Ballet in many years!

  38. SusanTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 9:27pm PDT

    Just love the art and still doing it although not always a pretty picture but 54 years after first following in love with the art.

  39. parkerWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 6:42am PDT

    Vancouver has such a vibrant dance scene, it would be amazing to see this here!

  40. SamanthaWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 9:16am PDT

    I haven’t been to the ballet since I left the Motherland…

  41. VinceWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 9:20am PDT

    An opportunity to some very talented artists in action – great prize!

  42. SanazWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 10:19am PDT

    I feel very cultured every time I go to a ballet show.

  43. taniaWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 10:24am PDT

    I would love to take my daughter.

  44. rinoWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 10:26am PDT

    That would be a fabulous show.

  45. NicWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 11:07am PDT

    Ooooh, I’ve been wanting to go to the Ballet for a long time now!

  46. MichelleWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 11:12am PDT

    What a great way to spend a Saturday night!

  47. Melody NadeauWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 11:24am PDT

    I would love to go please! I love seeing you all dancing! Maggie your my favorite!:)

  48. MarinaWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 11:41am PDT

    Everyone needs a little ballet in their now and then.

  49. RobWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 11:43am PDT

    Would love to go!

  50. RebeccaWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 11:52am PDT

    So excited that the National is coming to Vancouver! 😀

  51. GregoryWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 12:03pm PDT

    Would love to see this show!

  52. Sepy BazzaziWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 1:17pm PDT

    My gf and I would love to check out the Ballet! So exciting.

  53. AlisaWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 1:19pm PDT

    sounds amazing! my daughters & i all dance ballet & love everything about it!

  54. RubyWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 1:42pm PDT

    I would love to go!

  55. oanaWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 2:15pm PDT

    I would love these tickets! How fun!

  56. JeanineWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 2:19pm PDT

    Please please please! Winning something cool and attending the ballet are both things on my 101 in 1001 list!

  57. TracyWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 2:21pm PDT

    cool, i’ve never been to a ballet before but would love to go!

  58. annWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 3:28pm PDT

    I would love to take my mom to this show!

  59. LauraBWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 4:44pm PDT

    After taking ballet classes for 6 years, something like this would be fabulous to see!!

  60. NancyWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 4:54pm PDT

    I would love to go to this show!

  61. TracyWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 8:09pm PDT

    I would love to go!

  62. EllenWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 8:56pm PDT

    Ballet BC brings and performs the best of dance
    The seasons about to begin
    Yeah !

  63. ChristineWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 9:08pm PDT

    This would be amazing to go to 🙂

  64. ScottWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 9:56pm PDT

    Go go gadget ballet!

  65. ShaunaWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 10:06pm PDT

    I’m really interested in the Man In Black performance.

  66. KodyWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 10:07pm PDT

    My wife would f r e a k o u t…

  67. Jee LamWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 10:11pm PDT

    I would love love love to go! The SEcond Detail is my favourite ballet of them all. … oh my god Forsythe. So amazing.
    Now if only they would do In the Middle Somewhat Elevated as well 😉

  68. Lois PattersonWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 10:45pm PDT

    Sounds like an amazing variety!

  69. BrendaThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 12:22am PDT

    I haven’t seen a ballet performance in a very long time and this sounds like very exciting pieces to watch!

  70. DilaraThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 2:35am PDT

    I’d love to attend!

  71. KLThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 4:27am PDT

    thanks for the opportunity for tickets:)

  72. DannyThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 7:30am PDT

    Great event

  73. KrystleThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 9:42am PDT

    Would die to see this!

  74. DeidreThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 10:28am PDT

    the National Ballet – its exciting, innovative and always very entertaining!

  75. BernadetteThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 1:49pm PDT

    love to experience this, never been…would love to win tickets!

  76. JanetteThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 2:06pm PDT

    would take my husband who has never been to the ballet

  77. TomThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 4:05pm PDT

    My girlfriend would definitely enjoy this.

  78. ShelThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 7:14pm PDT

    Would love to see the National Ballet dancers – thanks for the giveaway.

  79. DoraThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 9:35pm PDT

    I would love to go and take my gf with me, she’s the best Kinder Ballet teacher ever!!!

  80. Sylvia FThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 9:56pm PDT

    After seeing Black Swan (minus the crazy dark stuff) I have wanted to see the ballet. The dancers put in so much work and so many years of practice to be perfect. I love how we have such talented people on earth that choose one thing they love and work so hard so they can be the best they can be. They sacrifice their life for their dream and they become such amazing artists!

  81. MaeFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 12:19am PDT

    I love the ballet. I try to go to as many as possible but have had to tighten the $ belt the last 2 seasons and haven’t been able to see any.

  82. BrittFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 8:41am PDT

    I hear they’re wearing cowboy boots for the Johnny Cash part of the show!! Would love to see it. 🙂

  83. AnneFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 11:13am PDT

    The best dancers imaginable will be performing – fabulous prize!

  84. JuliaFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 2:40pm PDT

    I’d love a chance to see this ballet! I sure wish that the BC government had more available by way of arts and culture to give students more access to these pricey shows.

  85. ArshadFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 2:42pm PDT

    Never been a ballet, this would be sweet!

  86. Aramesh AtashFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 6:25pm PDT

    wOw this is soooo exciting!!

  87. LeannaFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 8:33pm PDT

    I’ve never been to the ballet, but these photos look amazing!!

  88. CaraFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 9:00pm PDT

    Would so love to see the show with my god daughter:) She would love it! As would I:)

  89. TeresaSaturday, September 17th, 2011 — 12:23pm PDT

    I love ballet!

  90. KSaturday, September 17th, 2011 — 1:50pm PDT

    Would love to go!

  91. LouSunday, September 18th, 2011 — 9:44am PDT

    What’s better? So You Think You Can Dance or the real deal? I pick this show?

  92. LinneaSunday, September 18th, 2011 — 11:51pm PDT

    I have loved the ballet for years but the tickets are a bit too expensive on a student budget. It also just so happens that it falls on my birthday.

  93. ChristopherMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 10:53am PDT

    I love the ballet, and I never win anything, so im praying I win a ticket for this show 😀 good luck everyone

  94. JenniferMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 12:34pm PDT

    Pick me! I love the ballet!

  95. GlenMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 12:40pm PDT

    My daughter saw them in Calgary last week and RAVED about it. I would love to see them perform. Pick me. It would be a great B-Day present!

  96. TiffanyMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 2:28pm PDT

    yes please! I’ve never seen the National Ballet.

  97. JCMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 3:36pm PDT

    Would love to win tickets for my partner and me!

  98. ChristelleMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 6:48pm PDT


    It’s my last year in Canada, I would love to see a ballet..I’ve never been.

    Thank you and good luck to everyone.

  99. HayleyFriday, September 23rd, 2011 — 12:43am PDT

    I have always wanted to see the ballet but my student budget doesnt really have the type of funds necessary for ballet!

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