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National Ballet of Canada on Tour

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 11:52am PDT
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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. sp says:

    Would love to go to the ballet with my wife.

  2. Alyssa says:

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

  3. Jen says:

    I would love to take my mom to this show!

  4. Jessica R.F says:

    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) says:

    Would love to go!

  6. Rob says:

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

  7. lindsay simmons says:

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

  8. Darcy g says:

    Pick me!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Andrea F-W says:

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

  10. Hayley says:

    I would love to go to this.

  11. Michelle says:

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

  12. Julia Barreto says:

    The picture looks amazing! I would love to go ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Karen says:

    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. Amy says:

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

  15. Erin says:

    This would be a great night out with my mom!

  16. Meg says:

    these performances sound so interesting!

  17. Rhian says:

    Would love to go to this!

  18. belinda says:

    Ballet awesome.

  19. Tara says:

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

  20. Michelle says:

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

  21. Jeff says:

    Sounds interesting

  22. Sandra says:

    I love the ballet

  23. Kimberly says:

    I want to win!!!

  24. lorelei says:

    Would love to see the ballet!

  25. tracy says:

    yes! i haven’t been to a ballet performance for the longest time ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Michelle says:

    Yes! Haven’t been to the ballet since moving to BC..too expensive ๐Ÿ™

  27. Kathy says:

    would love to see the national ballet ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Vanessa says:

    I love the ballet!

  29. Jeanie says:

    I’d love to go!

  30. Kim says:

    This would be amazing to see live!

  31. Katie says:

    Would be a great opportunity!

  32. Roxsy says:

    Would love to see this

  33. Jeremy says:

    This would be amazing to see.

  34. Nat says:

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

  35. colette says:

    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. Sara says:

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

  37. Nancy says:

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

  38. Susan says:

    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. parker says:

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

  40. Samantha says:

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

  41. Vince says:

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

  42. Sanaz says:

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

  43. tania says:

    I would love to take my daughter.

  44. rino says:

    That would be a fabulous show.

  45. Nic says:

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

  46. Michelle says:

    What a great way to spend a Saturday night!

  47. Melody Nadeau says:

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

  48. Marina says:

    Everyone needs a little ballet in their now and then.

  49. Rob says:

    Would love to go!

  50. Rebecca says:

    So excited that the National is coming to Vancouver! ๐Ÿ˜€

  51. Gregory says:

    Would love to see this show!

  52. Sepy Bazzazi says:

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

  53. Alisa says:

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

  54. Ruby says:

    I would love to go!

  55. oana says:

    I would love these tickets! How fun!

  56. Jeanine says:

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

  57. Tracy says:

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

  58. ann says:

    I would love to take my mom to this show!

  59. LauraB says:

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

  60. Nancy says:

    I would love to go to this show!

  61. Tracy says:

    I would love to go!

  62. Ellen says:

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

  63. Christine says:

    This would be amazing to go to ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. Scott says:

    Go go gadget ballet!

  65. Shauna says:

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

  66. Kody says:

    My wife would f r e a k o u t…

  67. Jee Lam says:

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  68. Sounds like an amazing variety!

  69. Brenda says:

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

  70. Dilara says:

    I’d love to attend!

  71. KL says:

    thanks for the opportunity for tickets:)

  72. Danny says:

    Great event

  73. Krystle says:

    Would die to see this!

  74. Deidre says:

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

  75. Bernadette says:

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

  76. Janette says:

    would take my husband who has never been to the ballet

  77. Tom says:

    My girlfriend would definitely enjoy this.

  78. Shel says:

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

  79. Dora says:

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

  80. Sylvia F says:

    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. Mae says:

    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. Britt says:

    I hear they’re wearing cowboy boots for the Johnny Cash part of the show!! Would love to see it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  83. Anne says:

    The best dancers imaginable will be performing – fabulous prize!

  84. Julia says:

    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. Arshad says:

    Never been a ballet, this would be sweet!

  86. Aramesh Atash says:

    wOw this is soooo exciting!!

  87. Leanna says:

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

  88. Cara says:

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

  89. Teresa says:

    I love ballet!

  90. K says:

    Would love to go!

  91. Lou says:

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

  92. Linnea says:

    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. Christopher says:

    I love the ballet, and I never win anything, so im praying I win a ticket for this show ๐Ÿ˜€ good luck everyone

  94. Jennifer says:

    Pick me! I love the ballet!

  95. Glen says:

    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. Tiffany says:

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

  97. JC says:

    Would love to win tickets for my partner and me!

  98. Christelle says:


    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. Hayley says:

    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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