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National Ballet of Canada: Emergence

By Julye Huggins

Currently on a western Canada tour, the National Ballet of Canada is offering a mixed program featuring William Forsythe’s the second detail, Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances, James Kudelka’s The Man in Black and Crystal Pite’s Emergence. The tour kicked off in Calgary last week (September 15-17), hit Edmonton (September 19-20) and is now in Vancouver (September 23-25). Next up is Victoria (September 27-28), Nanaimo (September 30) - where Sir Frederck Ashton’s Pas de Deux from Act I of La Fille mal gardée replaces Robbins’ work in the program, and finally Winnipeg (October 4).Seen in the video above, Emergence is further described on the company’s website: “A riveting, dark-hued work that casts a swarming, scurrying group of dancers, insect-like, in an eerily subterranean universe, Crystal Pite’s Emergence explores the instinct for creating social forms through the movement and architecture of the choreography itself.” Featuring first soloist Robert Stephen, this work has won four Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Choreography, Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition.Be sure to check out the Summer Annual 2010 issue of The Dance Current print magazine for an item on Crystal Pite’s work.
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