National Ballet of Canada
The Royal Ballet
2 hours 20 minutes
We Not I
Originally danced by
Siphesihle November, Spencer Hack, Koto Ishihara, Svetlana Lunkina, Harrison James, Heather Ogden, Alexandra MacDonald, Tanya Howard, Tina Pereira, Jenna Savella, Jordana Daumec, Piotr Stanczyk, Donald Thom, Christopher Gerty, Peng-Fei, Jason Ferro, Genevieve Penn Nabity, Isaac Wright and Ben Rudisin
Premiere date and venue
National Ballet of Canada: 23 November 2022, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada
The Royal Ballet: TBC, The Royal Opera House, London, UK
Wayne McGregor brings Margaret Atwood’s post-apocalyptic vision to the stage in a three-act ballet, MADDADDAM based on the writer’s acclaimed trilogy of novels: Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam.
Themes of extinction and invention, hubris and humanity are spliced together with aspects of Atwood’s non-fiction writings and political voice.
MADDADDAM features a specially commissioned score from Max Richter, lighting by Lucy Carter, set designs by We Not I, costumes by Gareth Pugh, film by Ravi Deepres, and dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed.
Co-produced and commissioned by the National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet (UK).
Main Image: Martin Wegmann
Carousel Images (in order of appearance): Koto Ishihara and Siphesihle November in Wayne McGregor’s MADDADDAM. Photo by Karolina Kuras. Courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada; Artists of the Ballet in Wayne McGregor’s MADDADDAM. Photo by Karolina Kuras. Courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada; Heather Ogden and Artists of the Ballet in Wayne McGregor’s MADDADDAM. Photo by Karolina Kuras. Courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada.