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BALLET: Innovation (Four Seasons Centre $12 up)

Join us for Innovation, a dazzlingly eclectic dance programme featuring three cutting edge world premieres by exceptional Canadian choreographers.

The programme will be presented by the National Ballet of Canada at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. There will be a 20-minute talk on the ballet before the show.


This season the Innovation series features the outstanding and singular talents of Robert Binet, José Navas and James Kudelka.

Toronto native and Canada's National Ballet School graduate Robert Binet is just embarking on his career as a choreographer, but already the Choreographic Apprentice with The Royal Ballet has created works for Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, the National Ballet’s YOU Dance programme, the second company of The Hamburg Ballet, Estonian Ballet and New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute.

Venezuelan-born and Montréal-based José Navas studied in Caracas and at the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York City, before moving to Canada in 1991. He founded Compagnie Flak in 1995 and has since choreographed over 30 pieces for both stage and film, touring his works extensively.

James Kudelka is one of Canada’s best-known and most highly-regarded choreographers, whose ballets range from new versions of the classical repertoire, such as Swan LakeThe Nutcracker and Cinderella to highly innovative shorter works. His ballets have been staged the world over. More information.

TALK BEFORE SHOW: Ballet talks are engaging and offer interesting insights on the performance you are about to see. The 20-minute talk is free to all ticket holders and take place in the main floor orchestra level of the theatre in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.



WHEN: Saturday, November 23, 2013

TIME: Ballet starts at 2 p.m. Pre-show talk begins at 1 p.m. Meet Daniel at 12:30 p.m. if you're attending the pre-show talk or 1:30 p.m. if you're attending the show only.

WHERE: Four Seasons For The Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ont. (Osgoode station on the Yonge-University subway line)

ADVANCE TICKETS: $25 (Ring 5.2), $56 (Ring 5.1), $107 (Ring 4), $128 (Orchestra 1.3), $148 (Ring 3), $158 (Orchestra 1.2), $184 (Orchestra 1.1), $244 (Grand Ring)

RUSH TICKET: $35 cash (two per person)

STANDING ONLY TICKET: $12 cash (two per person)

MEETUP FEE: $2 (Please pay Daniel exact change at the meetup spot)



ADVANCE TICKETS: RSVP on this event page and buy your ticket from the box office at (416)[masked], ext. 0. The box office line is open weekdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To avoid a $9 service charge, purchase your ticket in person at the box office Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please post your seat number as an RSVP comment so members can book tickets near you. To do this, login and go to this event page. Click on "change RSVP", input you seating info in the RSVP box and click on "RSVP" to save.

RUSH AND STANDING ROOM TICKETS: RSVP on this event page and purchase your rush ticket in person at the box office beginning at 11 a.m. on the day of performance. Get in line as early as possible because sometimes rush tickets sell out fast.

For more information, see purchasing tickets.

Members are responsible for purchasing their own tickets directly from the theatre.

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS: The theatre has reserved seating so members may not be able to sit together. However, the group will be getting together before, during and after the ballet. 



Daniel will be wearing a red cap. Meet Daniel as follows:

  • 12:30 p.m. if you're attending the pre-show talk. Meet Daniel in the lineup for the pre-show talk. He looks like his photo and will be wearing a red cap.
  • 1:30 p.m. if you're attending the ballet only. Meet Daniel beside the long snack bar on the main floor. He will be standing at the north end of the bar (on your left side as you face the bar, nearest to the front doors).

If you're late, seer Daniel in his seat.

INTERMISSION MEETUP SPOT: Meet Daniel beside the long snack bar on the main floor. He will be wearing his red cap and standing at the north end of the bar (on your left side as you face the bar, nearest to the front doors).

AFTER SHOW MEETUP SPOT: Meet Daniel outside the theatre, right in front of the glass doors to enter the box office area (southeast corner of Queen and University). Wait for him if he isn't there right away because it may take awhile to get out of the theatre after the show ends.

GATHERING AFTER BALLET: If members are interested, the group will go out for a snack after the ballet. The group will go to Café Crêpe, an inexpensive European café that specializes in Parisian sweet & savoury crêpes, French baguette sandwiches, and grilled Italian panini. The restaurant is located at 246 Queen Street West (several blocks west of Osgoode subway station). MENU.

PARKING: There is parking for about 200 vehicles underneath the theatre. The parking entrance is on York Street, south of Queen Street. Cost is $25. Call the parking office at (416)[masked] if you need more info. Additional parking is just steps away at the GREEN P lot under Nathan Phillips Square.  For more information on this and other lots in the vicinity visit



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  • Njoroge

    The pieces were transcendent.

    November 24, 2013

  • Daniel P

    In my opinion, "Innovation" delivered exactly what it promised: innovation ─ an impressive mixture of ballet technique and avant-garde contemporary dance with, perhaps, some touches of improvisation.

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • Terry

    where do I purchase discount tickets? or are rush tickets a better deal?

    November 11, 2013

    • Terry


      November 11, 2013

    • Terry

      I noticed later another person had the same you have an answer.. is it less expensive and where does one purchase discount tickets?

      November 11, 2013

  • Shelagh

    I will look for you Catherine as we are seated close by.

    November 7, 2013

  • Daniel P

    Orchestra U 26

    November 7, 2013

  • Catherine L

    I'll be there for the evening show in my subscription seat Orchestra AA124. I'd love to meet up with any members going the same night so please look for me! I may go to the pre-performance chat too.

    October 29, 2013

  • Shelagh

    I will be there on Nov 23 but I RSVP "no" since I have my tickets

    October 28, 2013

  • Shelagh

    I have been a subscriber since Celia Franca was dancing and still am. Enjoy.

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How do you get discount tickets? Otherwise what is the procedure for rush tickets?

    September 26, 2013

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