The ballet is not a biography of Nijinsky’s life per se, nor does it unfold in chronological order. It begins with Nijinsky’s last performance on January 19, 1919, when Nijinsky danced publicly for the last time and called his performance a “Wedding with God.” By Deanne Kearney
Alberta Ballet has never been one to shy away from new ways of “doing” ballet and this season that means sword fighting, swashbuckling and high jumps. Their production of The Three Musketeers is a Canadian premiere, created by David Nixon, artistic director of Northern Ballet in Leeds, England. By Kate Stashko
Mavis Staines of Canada’s National Ballet School invites students to create work outside of traditional venues in a Creative Challenge.
Four significant arts organizations celebrated the accomplishments of Canadian artists by announcing major awards and prizes. The Prix Culturel Samuel de Champlain was awarded to choreographer Marie Chouinard, while Aszure Barton was awarded the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation Prize. Vancouver bestowed its Mayor’s Art Awards for 2014, with Jai Govinda winning the performance award, while Alejandro De Leon received $45,000 from the funding body CALQ (Le conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec) to create a new dance web series.