Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Connecting With a Classic

By Nicole Decsey

Ratmansky’s choreography is cutting edge while keeping the classical beauty of the ballet alive.

Emerging Arts Critics Programme

Rivalling the Classics

By Thomas Dobronyi

Commissioned for the National Ballet’s sixtieth anniversary, Ratmansky’s production has since become a touring showpiece for the company, earning its place alongside more canonical versions.

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Everything That Rises Must Converge

By Marie Trotter

Leap day reliably recurs once every four years, but the National Ballet’s mixed program Angels’ Atlas with Chroma & Marguerite and Armand was an even rarer temporal event in our journey around the sun. The February 29 opening of this eccentric program was an evening of stylistic whiplash never to be seen again.

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When Stars Collide

By Joshua Chong

A homecoming, a tantalizing taster and a farewell celebration highlighted The National Ballet of Canada’s triple bill, which opened at the Four Seasons Centre on February 29.

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On the Edge of Our Seats for the Retelling of a Classic Myth

By Leah Borts-Kuperman

In Orpheus Alive, the audience members are gods; we’re pulled into the story and cast as divine judges in the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

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Orpheus Redux

By Rebecca Flemister

The National Ballet of Canada offers a glimpse of both ballet’s past and promising future in the company premiere of George Balanchine’s Chaconne, paired with the world premiere of Robert Binet’s Orpheus Alive.

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Twisted Sisterhood

By Jane Coombs

There’s a beautiful peasant girl, a handsome count and a waltz-happy village overflowing with wine. But one fatal lie lurks beneath this Cinderella story.

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Ghosts of the Past

By Arlan Vriens

Hot on the heels of Halloween, The National Ballet of Canada’s Giselle delivered supernatural chills, youthful exuberance and poignant heartbreak.

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A Flash Into the Rabbit Hole

By Brannavy Jeyasundaram

In Chistopher Wheeldon’s version of Carroll’s classic tale, Alice is mature and compelled by love, offering intention to her journey.

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Endless Imagination

By Dylan Schoenmakers

The most notable thing about The National Ballet of Canada’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the number of things worth noting.

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From Apollo to Paquita

By Michael Zarathus-Cook

For some, mixed programs are a tantalizing mix of styles and narratives; for others, they are too much of the former and not enough of the latter.

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Fireworks in Four Variations

By Leslie Ashworth

Enchanting and dazzling are the first two words that come to mind to describe The National Ballet of Canada’s winter mixed program.

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A Calculated Cacophony

By Anna Paliy

Rendering a minimalist spin on the cautionary tale of affair-turned-despair – deeply rooted in Russian Romanticism – Neumeier produces a vaguely familiar version of Tolstoy’s 1878 novel.

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From Act to Imagination

By John Nyman

The Dream and Being and Nothingness, though incongruous, achieved an expansive and satisfying unity: the two works presented equally compelling visions of human experience.

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Sartre, Meet Shakespeare

By Erin Baldwin

If there’s a thread that ties together the two vastly different works in The National Ballet of Canada’s November mixed program, it might just be the theme of love.

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Of Dire Consequence

By Isabella Perrone

Anna Karenina might land herself in trouble by cheating on her husband, but she can’t cheat death.

Artists of the Ballet in Cacti / Photo by Edwin Luk
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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