The National Ballet of Canada has announced it will develop a second new ballet with Christopher Wheeldon, the superstar British choreographer who created its hit 2011 production Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The Toronto-based National Ballet will again be working with London’s Royal Ballet and the same creative team that guided Alice, for the new story ballet The Winter’s Tale.
The dance will be based on Shakespeare’s play about a marriage ruined by jealousy and a child cast out by a suspicious father.
The Winter’s Tale will debut in London in spring 2014, followed by a Canadian premiere at as-yet-to-be-announced date.
Composer Joby Talbot, designer Bob Crowley and lighting designer Natasha Katz will work with Wheeldon to create the new work.
The Toronto company will return to Sadler's Wells in London — for the first time since 1987 — with performances of Romeo and Juliet from April 17-21.
Artistic director Karen Kain has boosted the profile of the National Ballet over the past three years with an increase in touring and an ambitious investment in new productions to pique the interest of audiences and her dancers.