After the success of his iconoclastic version of Giselle in Vancouver, José Navas continues his entry into the ballet world with 32 dancers of The National Ballet of Canada. At the invitation of Karen Kain, the prestigious Toronto company’s artistic director, he has created Watershed, part of the Innovation program also presenting James Kudelka, Robert Binet and Guillaume Côté. In this 20-minute work, he celebrates ballet’s classical form and aesthetic, including pointe shoes and tutus, as well as the dancers’ virtuosity. They collaborated actively with him in generating the movement material.

“It was fantastic working with artists having such a grasp of technique, such rigour and such control,” said Navas. “It’s so exciting to present my ideas and to receive such a wide kaleidoscope of responses.” He added that this experience has been a major turning point on his artistic journey. Ami Shulman and two rehearsal directors from the NBoC helped him in the creation process for Watershed, which finished at the end of August. The piece, set to Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, played live by the NBoC’s orchestra, is performed on November 22, 23, 24, 27 & 28 at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre.

© Bruce Zinger, courtoisie de / courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada

photo: José Navas and the Artists of the NBoC in rehearsal for Watershed.© Bruce Zinger, courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada