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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

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

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.

 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

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.

 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

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.

 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

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.

 
Emerging Dance Critics Programme

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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