The National Ballet of Canada’s virtual season kicks off with Expansive Dances, a series of three solos created in isolation by the company’s Choreographic Associates Robert Binet, Guillaume Côté and Alysa Pires.
Directed by acclaimed Canadian director Ben Shirinian and produced by Mr. Shirinian and Jared Cook of Lookout, the films unfold in expansive spaces that subvert the state of confinement brought on by the pandemic, heralding hope for a brighter future.
Lake Maligne by Robert Binet
Choreographic Associate Robert Binet revisited a work he created for Company Wayne McGregor in 2012, this time in the vast outdoor setting of Evergreen Brick Works. Lake Maligne was inspired by the work of Canadian painter Lawren Harris and is deeply connected to nature and the symbolism of the natural world.
Performed by First Soloist Spencer Hack, Lake Maligne, set to Arve Henriksen’s Loved One and Smog’s Palimpsest, was the jumping off point for Mr. Binet’s interactive dance piece, The Dreamers Ever Leave You, which premiered at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2016.