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Artists of The National Ballet of Canada in The Winter’s Tale / Photo by Karolina Kuras
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

A Study in Contrasts: The Winter's Tale

By Jaimie Nackan

Toronto’s first snowfall of the season arrived just in time to welcome the November 10 opening night performance of “The Winter’s Tale” by The National Ballet of Canada.

Jillian Vanstone, Hannah Fischer and Piotr Stanczyk in The Winter’s Tale / Photo by Karolina Kuras
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Definitive Motif in The Winter’s Tale

By Arianna Benincasa

Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, “The Winter’s Tale” takes a contemporary approach to Shakespeare’s comedic, romantic and tragic “problem play” about jealousy, familial bonds and love.

Jillian Vanstone and Guillaume Côté in A Streetcar Named Desire / Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

The Demise of Desire

By Annick MacAskill

The National Ballet of Canada’s premiere of choreographer John Neumeier’s A Streetcar Named Desire is an aesthetic triumph and a thought-provoking comment on the destructive nature of repressed sexuality and violence.

Sonia Rodriguez in A Streetcar Named Desire / Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

A Haunting Ballet That Does Not Leave the Mind

By Victoria Ellingham

As the audience filtered in to take their seats at the Four Seasons Centre on the evening of June 3rd, they were met with the sight of a lone chair, haphazardly left on its side in the middle of stage.

Svetlana Lunkina in Wayne McGregor’s Genus / Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

All in Sequence

By David Rudin

Wayne McGregor’s Genus and Jerome Robbins’ The Concert are both elaborate choreographies that hinge on the smallest of movements – the twitch of a finger, the crook of an elbow or the flick of a wrist.

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.

Jillian Vanstone and Skylar Campbell in The Nutcracker / Photo by Alexandar Antonijevic
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Performing the Magic

By Valeria Nunziato

For anyone in search of some extra holiday spirit this season, The National Ballet of Canada’s rendition of The Nutcracker certainly does not fall short.

Jillian Vanstone in The Nutcracker / Photo by Alexandar Antonijevic
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

A Christmas Reverie

By Sabrina Papas

Performed annually by The National Ballet of Canada, The Nutcracker invites adults and children of all ages into a mystical holiday landscape.

 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Forget the Sylph: Where’s Effie?

By Marissa Trarback

In the midst of The National Ballet of Canada’s beautifully rendered performance of La Sylphide at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, one might just wonder: where is Effie?

 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Competing Priorities

By Aziza Mohammed

While giving the story a subtly contemporary treatment relatable to the modern audience, The National Ballet of Canada’s production of La Sylphide explored the relationship between sacrifice and happiness in a faithful rendition of one of the world’s oldest ballets.

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