The National Ballet of Canada | Skylar Campbell is Pinocchio

The National Ballet of Canada | Skylar Campbell is Pinocchio

Skylar Campbell in Pinocchio. Photo by Karolina Kuras

Skylar Campbell in Pinocchio. Photo by Karolina Kuras

World Premiere by Will Tuckett March 11 – 24

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that First Soloist Skylar Campbell will dance the title role in Pinocchio on opening night. Created by British choreographer Will Tuckett, the new full-length production makes its world premiere March 11 – 24, 2017, opening the company’s Winter Season at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Skylar Campbell, Emma Hawes and Piotr Stanczyk in rehearsal for Pinocchio. Photos by Karolina Kuras

Skylar Campbell, Emma Hawes and Piotr Stanczyk in rehearsal for Pinocchio. Photos by Karolina Kuras

Skylar Campbell, Emma Hawes and Piotr Stanczyk in rehearsal for Pinocchio. Photos by Karolina Kuras

Skylar Campbell, Emma Hawes and Piotr Stanczyk in rehearsal for Pinocchio. Photos by Karolina Kuras

Mr. Campbell has danced the title roles in Nijinsky and Le Petit Prince, the White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker and Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, among others. Born in Laguna Beach, California, Mr. Campbell joined the National Ballet in 2009 and has been a First Soloist since 2015.

Mr. Tuckett is renowned for his inventive story-telling. His Pinocchio is a humourous, moving and often dark re-telling of the classic tale, capturing the adventures of the wooden boy with inventive choreography and stagecraft.

Set and costume designer Colin Richmond has been working closely with the National Ballet’s Wardrobe and Production Departments to create the world of Pinocchio. The ballet will include some Canadiana with 23 Lumberjacks with 23 axes, 1 Mountie, 2 Beavers, 4 Raccoons, 1 Nova Scotia lighthouse and 2 Niagara Falls tourists.

Additional facts and figures:

Length Pinocchio’s nose grows when he tells a lie: 12 inches

Pinocchio, Gepetto and the Blue Fairy all fly making Pinocchio the third production in the company’s repertoire with flying after La Fille mal gardée and The Red Shoes.

Number of roles performed by 43 dancers in each show: 153

Number of wardrobe staff to build the 153 costumes: 35 plus 3 volunteers

Amount of feathers in the Blue Fairy wings: 520

Pinocchio is set to a commissioned score by Paul Englishby and libretto by Alasdair Middleton with lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and projection design by Douglas O’Connell.

More casting to be announced shortly.

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