For one week in November, Canada’s National Ballet School will play host to an international choreographic festival.
Students from participating schools will be a part of the first-ever Assemblée Internationale, 2009: A Student-Centred Dance Celebration (AI09), focusing on student choreography and the art of dance. Each school will perform two works: 1) a piece of existing repertoire representative of their school’s culture; and 2) a student-created work performed by a group composed of students from each of the partner schools.
During the week at NBS, the mixed groups will rehearse as will the school-based groups, with performances at the end of week of both the traditional and newly-created dances. Also happening during this time is a forum for the Artistic Directors of the partner schools and other invited guests. They will have the opportunity to discuss the evolution of ballet education, and methods of strengthening its relevance and ensuring the vibrancy of its community.
AI09 runs from November 15 – 21, 2009. All performances will take place at NBS’ Betty Oliphant Theatre. Following the festival, on Sunday, November 22, students, teachers and invited guests will participate in a one-day long conference, spotlighting ways in which current and emerging practitioners would like to see the art form and professional practices evolve.
For more information, please visit our AI09 webpage.
Canada’s National Ballet School
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
San Francisco Ballet School
National Ballet School of Cuba
Hamburg Ballet School
John Cranko School (Stuttgart)
National Ballet Academy (Amsterdam)
Palucca Schule Dresden
Paris Opera Ballet School
Rotterdam Dance Academy
The Royal Ballet School (London, England)
Royal Danish Ballet School
Royal Conservatory (The Hague)
Australian Ballet School