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Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden in Swan Lake / Photo by David Cooper
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Somber Classic Gives National Ballet Stars Time to Shine

By Annick MacAskill

The National Ballet of Canada explores the dark side of love in a regal production of choreographer James Kudelka’s Swan Lake, which opened at the Four Seasons Centre Thursday night.

Artists of The National Ballet of Canada in Swan Lake / Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic
 
Emerging Arts Critics Programme

A Triumphant Opening

By Rya Marrelli

The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts came alive at the triumphant opening night of The National Ballet of Canada’s Swan Lake on June 15.

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.

 

End of Season Awards

A roundup of recent award nominees and recipients.

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.

Penelope Reed Doob / Photo courtesy of Dance Collection Danse
 

Remembering Penelope Reed Doob

Penelope Reed Doob, an influential dance scholar, historian and critic, died March 11, 2017, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

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