Join us for Onegin, a breathtaking ballet performed by the National Ballet of Canada (http://national.ballet.ca/thecompany/about/) at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. There will be a 20-minute talk on the ballet before the show.
SUBWAY CLOSURE ALERT: Please note the Yonge/University subway line will be closed between Bloor/Yonge and St. Andrews stations for construction on Saturday and Sunday March 22 and 23. Shuttle buses will be in operation. MORE INFORMATION.
John Cranko was one of modern ballet’s greatest interpreters of literary works, and his trademark skill with drama, character and the unfolding and shaping of narrative was never more fully displayed than in his 1965 version of Alexander Pushkin’s classic verse novel Eugene Onegin. Employing the arch-romantic sonorities of Tchaikovsky’s music, Cranko breathes fresh and insightful life into the story of the jaded aristocrat Eugene Onegin, who callously trifles with the affections of the trusting, innocent country girl, Tatiana, only to have the tables turned years later when a very changed Tatiana rejects him.
This familiar but potent meditation on ill-starred love and tragic irony is given a bold and fresh revision in Cranko’s ballet, especially in his approach to the character of Tatiana, whose maturation from the shy, vulnerable girl of the first act to the poised, self-possessed woman of the finale is a wonder of dramatic transformation.
The beautiful sets and costumes by veteran stage designer Santo Loquasto complete this heartrending portrait of human frailty and the often cruel vicissitudes of love. More information (http://national.ballet.ca/performances/season1314/Onegin/).
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, March 22, 2014
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)
HOW TO BOOK
ADVANCE TICKETS: RSVP on this event page and then purchase your ticket by calling 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.
Note: Individual tickets go on sale on Sept. 23, 2013.
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 (http://national.ballet.ca/performances/boxoffice/).
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 (http://www.cafecrepe.com/index.html) Crêpe (http://www.cafecrepe.com/index.html), 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 (http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=9TU&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&q=246%20qUEEN%20sTREET%20wEST%20Toronto&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl) (several blocks west of Osgoode subway station). MENU (http://www.cafecrepe.com/Cafe%20Crepe%20current%20menu.pdf).
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 GreenP.com (http://www.greenp.com/)
THEATRE MAP (http://maps.google.ca/maps?client=safari&rls=en&q=145+Queen+Street+West+Toronto&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&sa=N&tab=wl)