The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th Anniversary Celebrated at NFB Mediatheque

The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th Anniversary Celebrated at NFB Mediatheque

Dance on Film and Archival Display
February 21  – 29, 2012

February 17, 2012… To celebrate The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary season the NFB Mediatheque will present a week-long series of dance on film, February 21 – 29, 2012. The series will launch with Celia Franca: Tour de Force by Veronica Tennant, who will speak following the screening, and feature several other NFB productions. Other guest speakers during the series include authors James Neufeld and Carol Bishop-Gwyn. An archival display highlighting the past 60 years of the National Ballet and an interactive station where visitors can watch a dance and film playlist will also be onsite.

The full programme listing is :


From February 21 through February 29, discover the rich past of The National Ballet of Canada with an archival display exploring its history, traditions and triumphs in the NFB Mediatheque’s Interactive Lounge.

February 21, 2012 at 7pmCelia Franca: Tour de Force & Ballet Adagio & Pas de Deux Q&A session with former Principal Dancer and Filmmaker Veronica Tennant following the screening.

February 22, 2012 at 4 pmTour en l’air & Ballet Adagio

February 22, 2012 at 7pmFlamenco at 5:15 & Ballet Adagio & Tour en l’air Q&A session with writer and historian James Neufeld author of Passion to Dance, the updated history of the National Ballet, following the screening.

February 23, 2012 at 7pmTango in a Cold City & Dance Class & Performer (Part I) Q&A session with writer and dance historian Carol Bishop-Gwyn author of The Pursuit of Perfection, the first full biography of Founding Artistic Director Celia Franca, following the screening.

February 29, 2012 at 4pmTango in a Cold City & When You Give of Yourself


  • February 29 2012
  • 12:00 PM
  • February 28 2012
  • 12:00 PM
  • February 26 2012
  • 12:00 PM
  • February 25 2012
  • 12:00 PM
  • February 24 2012
  • 12:00 PM
  • February 23 2012
  • 12:00 PM
  • February 22 2012
  • 12:00 PM
  • February 21 2012
  • 12:00 PM

The National Ballet’s Winter Season opens with Sir Frederick Ashton’s enduring La Fille mal gardée, February 29 – March 4, 2012 and continues with Rudolf Nureyev‘s beloved classic The Sleeping Beauty, March 10 – 18, 2012. The season concludes with John Neumeier’s moving contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s great play The Seagull, March 22 – 25, 2012.

ballet company logoThe 2011/12 Season is presented by CTV and The Globe and Mail.

Celebrating 60 Years of Partnership with The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.


Performance Sponsor: CTV and The Globe and Mail (March 4 at 2:00 pm).

World MasterCard presents The Sleeping Beauty.

The Sleeping Beauty is made possible by generous contributions from Margaret & Jim Fleck, The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Sandra & Jim Pitblado, Gretchen Ross and Nancy Pencer & Michael Benjamin.

Performance Sponsors: CTV (March 14 at 7:30 pm), Air Canada (March 15 at 7:30 pm), VIA Rail (March 16 at 7:30 pm).

The Seagull is generously supported in part by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Foundation; the Ontario Trillium Foundation; and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

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