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Artists of the Ballet in Cacti / Photo by Edwin Luk
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

From Dream to Abstraction

By Taylor Long

At first glance, they aren’t very suitable neighbours. The National Ballet of Canada closed their 2017/2018 season with a mixed program of ballets including the Canadian premiere of recent Tony Award-winner Justin Peck’s Paz de la Jolla.

Artists of the Ballet in Paz de la Jolla / Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Season Closes with Compelling Voices

By Kallee Lins

Some of Toronto’s most exciting ballet offerings can be found on The National Ballet of Canada’s mixed programs, and the three works that opened Saturday night at the Four Seasons Centre are no exception.

Harrison James, Heather Ogden and Artists of the Ballet in Frame by Frame / Photo by Karolina Kuras
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Forward Momentum in Frame by Frame

By Josette Halpert

Have you ever yearned to step into the mind of a genius - and an Academy Award-winning genius at that?

Artists of the Ballet in Frame by Frame / Photo by Karolina Kuras
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Frame by Frame Leaves Minds Reeling in Amazement

By Melissa Poon

Lights. Camera. Action! Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté deliver all of these and more in the highly anticipated world premiere of Frame by Frame by the National Ballet of Canada.

Evan McKie and Tanya Howard in Wayne McGregor’s Genus / Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Truly Mixed: Genus, Tarantella, Self and Soul and The Concert

By Valeria Nunziato

Four disparate works, precisely crafted by four distinguished artists, make one inspiring collection of dance for The National Ballet of Canada’s mixed program.

Robert Stephen, Brent Parolin, Skylar Campbell as Pinocchio and Alexandra MacDonald in The National Ballet of Canada’s Pinocchio / Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Will Tuckett’s Pinocchio: A Canadian Talkie Ballet

By Dina Ginzburg

From plaid-clad, bearded lumberjacks, to backdrops evoking Group of Seven paintings, to a monstrous whale inhabiting the waters of a Nova Scotian fishing village, The National Ballet of Canada’s Pinocchio pays homage to the country hosting British choreographer Will Tuckett.

Skylar Campbell as Pinocchio and Artists of the Ballet in The National Ballet of Canada’s Pinocchio / Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Pinocchio: Hybridized Ballet

By Sabrina Papas

If the audience of the opening night performance of Pinocchio was expecting a wholly classic, balletic rendition when the curtain rose, choreographer Will Tuckett defied those expectations.

 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Onegin

By Rya Marrelli

The exquisite screen of Russian writing at the front of the stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts begins the beautiful work that is choreographer John Cranko’s Onegin.

 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Onegin

By Sebastiano Bazzichetto

From the very first note, Tchaikovsky’s Onegin score enchanted, carrying the audience back to the sumptuous days of Imperial Russia.

 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

A Medley of Magic and Madness

By Marissa Trarback

Before a single dancer appears on stage opening night at The National Ballet of Canada’s production of Giselle, a medley of magic and madness already fills the air.

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