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Robert Stephen, Brent Parolin, Skylar Campbell as Pinocchio and Alexandra MacDonald in The National Ballet of Canada’s Pinocchio / Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic
 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

Will Tuckett’s Pinocchio: A Canadian Talkie Ballet

By Dina Ginzburg

From plaid-clad, bearded lumberjacks, to backdrops evoking Group of Seven paintings, to a monstrous whale inhabiting the waters of a Nova Scotian fishing village, The National Ballet of Canada’s Pinocchio pays homage to the country hosting British choreographer Will Tuckett.

Skylar Campbell as Pinocchio and Artists of the Ballet in The National Ballet of Canada’s Pinocchio / Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic
 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

Pinocchio: Hybridized Ballet

By Sabrina Papas

If the audience of the opening night performance of Pinocchio was expecting a wholly classic, balletic rendition when the curtain rose, choreographer Will Tuckett defied those expectations.

 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

Onegin

By Rya Marrelli

The exquisite screen of Russian writing at the front of the stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts begins the beautiful work that is choreographer John Cranko’s Onegin.

 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

Onegin

By Sebastiano Bazzichetto

From the very first note, Tchaikovsky’s Onegin score enchanted, carrying the audience back to the sumptuous days of Imperial Russia.

 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

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.

 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

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.

 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

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.

 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

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.

 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

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.

 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

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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