The English ballet tradition has produced great choreographic storytellers. Think Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and John Cranko. Down the line, Christopher Wheeldon will be added to this august list. At this point in time, he is caught between ballet convention and original thought. Choreographic aspects of The Winter’s tale are routine, while other segments jump off the stage with innovative bravura.
The Winter’s Tale is Wheeldon’s second full-length story ballet, following hard on the heels of the –Read More
This season, the remarkable Opera Atelier is celebrating its 30th anniversary. During these three decades, the company has continued to educate the audience in the delicacies of baroque opera. In other words, for long-time fans of the company, the concept of 17th and 18th century performance practices seems completely natural, as opposed to the aesthetic being an exotic rarity.
But there is an inherent underlying challenge for director Marshall Pynkoski and choreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg. How do they avoid –Read More
No one in the performing arts who is in their right mind plans an event during TIFF. That is just plain artistic suicide. The great tragedy of this fact is that just after TIFF, you tend to get dance bunched together. Thus, the first weekend after TIFF had three wonderful dance events running opposite each other and competing for audiences. In one word – bummer, but on the plus side, what a feast for the eyes!
ProArteDanza is –Read More
Toronto used to be awash in national and international dance, but over time, financial problems led to the demise of key dance series. That is why Fall for Dance North is one of the best things to happen to the local dance scene in years.
FFDN is modelled after Fall for Dance, the storied series launched in 2004 by New York City Centre, the legendary home of performing arts in the Big Apple. With the idea of developing dance audiences, –Read More
South Asian choreographer Lata Pada celebrated her company’s 25th anniversary with a beautiful production called Nirantara – Beyond Space and Time. The word nirantara means endless, and what Pada hoped to bring together through dance, music, lighting and projections was the concept of the bindu (the sacred point) where time and space come together to touch the divine within.
Much of South Asian dance tends to embrace abstract concepts, and choreographers, like Pada, seem to accept philosophical exploration as –Read More