The Blue of Distance by Robert Binet, Choreographic Associate with The National Ballet of Canada, returns to the David H. Koch Theater at New York’s Lincoln Center for two performances on May 10 and 13, 2017. Presented as part of a mixed programme titled HERE/NOW No.6 featuring Carousel (A Dance), The Infernal Machine, Pictures at an Exhibition and Year of the Rabbit, The Blue of Distance was created by Mr. Binet for his New York City Ballet choreographic debut in 2015.
The Blue of Distance is set to two movements from Maurice Ravel’s Miroirs – Oiseaux Tristes and Une Barque sur l’Ocean, with designs by Hanako Maeda of Adeam.
Born in Toronto, Mr. Binet has been Choreographic Associate with the National Ballet since 2013. His works for the company include Self and Soul, Unearth, set to an original score by Owen Pallett, These Worlds In Us, The Wild Space Between Two Hearts and Orpheus Becomes Eurydice, a co-commission between the National Ballet and The Banff Centre. His recent work, The Dreamers Ever Leave You, which received audience and critical acclaim with a sold-out run at the Art Gallery of Ontario, returns during the 2017/18 season and will tour as part of a mixed programme to Hamburg, Germany in 2018.
Prior to joining the National Ballet, Mr. Binet was the first-ever Choreographic Apprentice at The Royal Ballet where he was mentored by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and created works for dancers of The Royal Ballet and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. In 2011, he shadowed John Neumeier through the creation of a new ballet and created a work for The Hamburg Ballet’s junior company. Mr. Binet also created works for the New York Choreographic Institute (an affiliate of New York City Ballet), Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company, the Estonian National Ballet, Ballet Black and the Genée International Ballet Competition. Mr. Binet will be mentored by Artistic Director Karen Kain for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Mentorship Program in 2017. He will further develop his 2015 ballet, Orpheus, which will be performed by the National Ballet in a future season.