Dance Review – National Ballet of Canada/Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

This is my fifth or sixth go round with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2011), and I doubt that there is another dance version of Lewis Carroll’s beloved book that strives to be truer to the original in its epic sweep. Certain facts about the ballet remain constant. Christopher Wheeldon’s character-driven choreography is brilliant. Joby Talbot’s […]

Dance Review: Toronto Dance Theatre/Christopher House’s Persefony Songs

Christopher House, artistic director of Toronto Dance Theatre, is one of Canada’s more cerebral and intellectual choreographers. Throughout his career, he has made it a point to keep challenging himself. For the last three years he has been engaged in the Reimagining Repertoire Project where he goes back to an original piece, and builds a […]

Dance Review – Citadel + Compagnie/Citadel Dance Mix 18: choreography by Allison Cummings, DA Hoskins & Tori Mehaffey

Dance Review – Citadel + Compagnie/Citadel Dance Mix 18: Choreography by Allison Cummings, DA Hoskins & Tori Mehaffey, The Citadel/Ross Centre for Dance, Nov. 21 to Dec. 1, 2018. Tickets available at 416-364-8011, ext. 1 or It’s hard to remember a time when the Citadel was not a part of the dance life of […]

Luminato 2018 Dancetheatre Review: Swan Lake/Loch na hEala (Teac Damsa

The point of a festival is seeing performing arts that are different or unique to showings in your own town – or why have a festival at all? With this statement as a dictum, let’s look at one of the opening shows of Luminato 2018 – Swan Lake/Loch na hEala. As it happens, the production […]

Dance Review: National Ballet of Canada/Frame by Frame (An Homage to Norman McLaren)

Dance Review: The National Ballet of Canada/Frame by Frame directed by Robert Lepage & choreographed by Guillaume Côté The world premiere of the National Ballet of Canada’s Frame by Frame left me stunned and speechless, the former due to the work’s eye-popping, even mind-boggling, visual assault on the senses, the latter because words can’t possibly […]