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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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Sin and Un-Earned Redemption

By Aziza Mohammed

An innocent peasant girl, a prince in disguise, and an undead queen. Saccharine leitmotifs and the most enthusiastic use of triangle in any orchestral work. Giselle has it all.

 
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Giselle’s Restless Spirit

By Emily Trace

Traditionally described as ‘the ballerina’s Hamlet’, this production of Giselle by The National Ballet of Canada soundly debunks the adage.

 
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Le Petit Prince

By Grace Smith

Full of flash and innovation, Le Petit Prince is a step in a different direction for The National Ballet of Canada.

 
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Le Petit Prince

By Michael Morreale

The National Ballet of Canada’s world premiere of Le Petit Prince had all the makings of a royal feast, but the balance was off.

 
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Nothing Petit About It

By Liz Ostil

Noticeable excitement hums within the walls of the Four Seasons Centre on opening night as audience members settle into their seats before a giant, projected paper scrawled with the name of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s tiniest hero.

 
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Pure, Smart Entertainment

By Anne Cass

Vitality, glamour and striking humour fill The National Ballet of Canada’s stage at the premiere of Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, with George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Rubies at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

 
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The Pleasure of Cacti’s Prickle

By Matthew Pariselli

Cacti is a delightfully silly and playful ballet, but also a sharply satirical and pulsating presentation, accentuated by its strategic place in The National Ballet of Canada’s recent mixed programme, which also features Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Rubies.

 
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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?

 
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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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When Chasing the Sylph…

By Liz Ostil

Set to the traditional score by Herman Severin Løvenskjold, The National Ballet of Canada’s production of La Sylphide revisits one of the oldest classical ballets.

 
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A Spectacular Tradition

By Grace Smith

True to its promise, The Nutcracker by The National Ballet of Canada delivers the magic and nostalgia awaited all year round by thousands.

 
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In its Original Russian

By Emily Trace

James Kudelka’s interpretation of The Nutcracker for The National Ballet of Canada is disarmingly heartfelt.

 
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Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet Finds Balance Between Traditional and Contemporary

By Michael Morreale

In The National Ballet of Canada’s production of Romeo and Juliet, renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky distills Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two young lovers with a gentle hand.

 
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Trios to Duet

By Lucinda Rajaselvan

Guillaume Côté and Elena Lobsanova play the lead roles in Romeo and Juliet, a timeless story of love, humour, tragedy and a deadly blood feud, danced to the famous score by Sergei Prokofiev.

 
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A Colourful Success

By Matthew Pariselli

The Winter’s Tale is considered one of William Shakespeare’s problem plays, richer in texture than in vibrancy.

 
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A Worthy Addition to the Ballet Bookshelf

By Anne Cass

When Christopher Wheeldon debuted his adaptation of The Winter’s Tale with The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden in April 2014, the story was untouched by classical ballet.

 
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Happily Ever After

By Deanne Kearney

The Sleeping Beauty has been performed by The National Ballet of Canada in 1972, 1987, 2006 and excitingly now in 2015.

 
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Ratmansky & Côté: An Effective Juxtaposition

By Christina Strynatka

What does it mean to find yourself? Is it better to follow a definite narrative, as seen in Guillaume Côté’s Being and Nothingness on the National Ballet’s Ratmansky and Côté program (May 31 performance), or to take a more abstract form, as in the other two pieces on the program, Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphony #9 and Piano Concerto #1?

 
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Beautiful Choices in Ratmansky and Côté

By Naya Valdellon

When the curtain lifts on The National Ballet of Canada’s Ratmansky & Côté, the theatre lights remain on.

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