The National Ballet of Canada / Christopher Wheeldon

The Winter’s Tale

July 28–31

David H. Koch Theater

20 Lincoln Center Plaza

A first-rate, full-evening piece that instantly looked like the future of ballet.”

Telegraph (U.K.)

Spectacular! Epic emotional sweep . . . a major artistic achievement, once more confirming Wheeldon’s place as a luminary among today’s choreographers.”

Toronto Star

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon

Artistic Director Karen Kain

Staging Jacquelin Barrett and Anna Délicia Trévien

Scenario Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot

Music Joby Talbot

Design Bob Crowley

Lighting Design Natasha Katz

Projection Design Daniel Brodie

Silk Effects Design Basil Twist

The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra

Music Director and Principal Conductor David Briskin

Ballet in a prologue and three acts

Fresh off his 2015 Tony Award for best choreography for An American in Paris, Christopher Wheeldon brings us “the most heartfelt and resonant full-length ballet seen in decades” (Times, U.K.). The inventive staging, astute characterization, and precise emotional register for which Wheeldon is so admired bring new life to Shakespeare’s late romance.

In this ambitious work, elements of fairy tale, comedy, tragedy, and fantasy are woven together into a complex and deeply touching meditation on loss, redemption, love, jealousy, and the nature of family. Wheeldon joins together with the creative team behind his acclaimed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2011). Joby Talbot’s beautiful score, Bob Crowley’s magical sets and costumes, and lighting design by Natasha Katz, accented by stunning silk effects from renowned artist and puppeteer Basil Twist and projections from Daniel Brodie, underscore the bold expressionism and lavish imagination of Wheeldon’s choreography.

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Leontes, King of Sicilia Piotr Stanczyk (July 28, 30 evening), Evan McKie (July 29), Guillaume Côté+ (July 30 matinee), McGee Maddox (July 31)

Hermione, Queen of Sicilia Hannah Fischer (July 28, 30 evening), Jurgita Dronina (July 29), Sonia Rodriguez+ (July 30 matinee), Heather Ogden (July 31)

Perdita, Princess of Sicilia Jillian Vanstone (July 28, 30 evening), Elena Lobsanova (July 29, 31), Rui Huang (July 30 matinee)

Mamillius, Prince of Sicilia Simon Adamson-de Luca* or Antony Tcherny*

Paulina, Head of Queen Hermione’s Household Xiao Nan Yu (July 28, 30 evening), Svetlana Lunkina (July 29, 30 matinee), Tanya Howard (July 31)

Antigonus, Head of King Leontes’ Household Jonathan Renna (July 28, 30 evening), Peter Ottmann (July 29, 30 matinee, 31)

Polixenes, King of Bohemia Harrison James (July 28, 30 evening), Brendan Saye (July 29, 31), Félix Paquet (July 30 matinee)

Florizel, Prince of Bohemia Naoya Ebe (July 28, 30 evening), Francesco Gabriele Frola (July 29, 31), Skylar Campbell (July 30 matinee)

Steward, Head of King Polixenes’ Household Giorgio Galli or Donald Thom

Father Shepherd Donald Thom or Jonathan Renna

Brother Clown, Shepherd’s Son Dylan Tedaldi or Robert Stephen or Jack Bertinshaw

Young Shepherdess Jordana Daumec or Tina Pereira or Meghan Pugh

Ladies, Lords, Maidens, Shepherds, Shepherdesses Artists of the Ballet


Bansuri Leslie J. Allt

Dulcimer Richard Moore

Accordion Branko Džinovic

Percussion Kristofer Maddigan, Mark Mazur

+ Debut

*Junior Associates of Canada’s National Ballet School appear by kind permission of Artistic Director Mavis Staines, C.M.

Cast subject to change

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A co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet

The Lincoln Center Festival 2016 presentation of The Winter’s Tale is made possible in part by generous support from The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust and Jennie and Richard DeScherer.

Additional support is provided by The Joelson Foundation.

Endowment support for the Lincoln Center Festival 2016 presentation of The Winter’s Tale is provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.

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