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Staging Wonderland

By Sabrina Bellisimo

The National Ballet of Canada’s (NBoC) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a fantastical adventure that will draw you in and keep you captivated through every step and every note.

 
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It’s a Mad and Wonderful World: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

By Naya Valdellon

Carroll’s madcap logic and playfulness survives – and thrives! – in The National Ballet of Canada’s delightful Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which had its Toronto premiere in 2011.

 
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Review

By Deanne Kearney

With 146 bodies involved both on- and offstage in The National Ballet of Canada’s (NBoC) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the production is certainly quite magnificent in size and creation.

 
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Diversity and Delight

By Colleen Snell

A mixed bill presented by The National Ballet of Canada (NBoC) showcased an extraordinary artistic range. Artistic Director Karen Kain masterfully curated a program to please traditionalists while satisfying a need for audacious and contemporary ballet.

 
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The Man in Black

By Victoria Bégin

The program opened with Allegro Brillante, a joyous dance set to Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3. On a stage of dancers clad in soft colours, the ever-smiling Xiao Nan Yu regularly performed a series of beautifully executed piqué turns that expressed her joy and affection for McGee Maddox.

 
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The Man in Black with Chroma & Allegro Brillante & Carousel (A Dance)

By Christina Strynatka

When you’ve established yourself the way the National Ballet of Canada has, it could become easy to rest on your laurels and congratulate yourself on a job well done. In that respect, much credit goes to the company for going out on a limb with The Man in Black, Chroma, Allegro Brillante and Carousel (A Dance).

 
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The Nutcracker’s Unforeseen Delights

By Naya Valdellon

For two decades, The National Ballet of Canada has been enchanting audiences with James Kudelka’s feel-good Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. But on opening night, the show was filled with a flurry of surprises, not just for the children who occupied a large number of seats at the Four Seasons Centre, but for the performers, who proved they can handle just about anything with grace.

 
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Nijinsky

By Sabrina Bellisimo

The National Ballet of Canada’s Nijinsky is an emotional, enthralling and technically brilliant work in two acts. On opening night, National Ballet of Canada veteran Guillaume Côté reprised his role as the titular Nijinsky, combining raw emotion with technical excellence.

 
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Madness Ensues at the Ballet

By Deanne Kearney

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.”

 
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Nijinsky

By Colleen Snell

In ballet, as in life, a dancer never knows which performance will be their last. The National Ballet of Canada’s (NBoC) Nijinsky opens with this dark thought.

 
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Manon

By Christina Strynatka

Kenneth MacMillan may have created Manon in 1974, but forty years later his themes resonate as strongly as ever.

 
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The Return of Romeo and Juliet

By Victoria Bégin

The Emerging Dance Critics Programme (June 2014) is a partnership with The National Ballet of Canada, grounded in The Dance Current’s educational mandate. Reading Writing Dancing is one of The Dance Current’s educational programs, providing workshops, seminars, mentorship and professional development to emerging and established dance writers alike. As part of our commitment to the field, we partner with like-minded organizations, such as The National Ballet of Canada, to educate dance readers and dance writers, providing public access to dance art and culture, and facilitating dance literacy and appreciation.

 
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Cinderella Inspires and Entertains

By Christina Strynatka

The Emerging Dance Critics Programme (June 2014) is a partnership with The National Ballet of Canada, grounded in The Dance Current’s educational mandate. Reading Writing Dancing is one of The Dance Current’s educational programs, providing workshops, seminars, mentorship and professional development to emerging and established dance writers alike. As part of our commitment to the field, we partner with like-minded organizations, such as The National Ballet of Canada, to educate dance readers and dance writers, providing public access to dance art and culture, and facilitating dance literacy and appreciation.

 
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Cinderella: Balancing Elegance with Modern Levity

By Annie Hodgins

The Emerging Dance Critics Programme (June 2014) is a partnership with The National Ballet of Canada, grounded in The Dance Current’s educational mandate. Reading Writing Dancing is one of The Dance Current’s educational programs, providing workshops, seminars, mentorship and professional development to emerging and established dance writers alike. As part of our commitment to the field, we partner with like-minded organizations, such as The National Ballet of Canada, to educate dance readers and dance writers, providing public access to dance art and culture, and facilitating dance literacy and appreciation.

 
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The National Ballet of Canada brings triple bill, Physical Thinking

By Elaisha Green

The Emerging Dance Critics Programme (June 2014) is a partnership with The National Ballet of Canada, grounded in The Dance Current’s educational mandate. Reading Writing Dancing is one of The Dance Current’s educational programs, providing workshops, seminars, mentorship and professional development to emerging and established dance writers alike. As part of our commitment to the field, we partner with like-minded organizations, such as The National Ballet of Canada, to educate dance readers and dance writers, providing public access to dance art and culture, and facilitating dance literacy and appreciation.

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