TTC/National Ballet of Canada vs. Body Image Shows Our Lack of Interest in the Arts

By now, everyone in Toronto has heard about the TTC “We Move You” ad, featuring the National Ballet of Canada, which has caused controversy among many body image activists.  The latter are saying the dancers project a negative body image, causing many people to feel badly about their shape.  Say what?  It takes years and […]

Carmen is all about Lust, Betrayal and Murder

National Ballet of Canada just commenced Italian choreographer Davide Bombana’s Carmen at the Four Seasons Centre, billing it a tale of lust, betrayal and murder and based on French writer Prosper Merimée’s scandalous 1845 novella Carmen.  The ballet’s Opening Night starred Heather Ogden as the promiscuous title character and her real-life husband Guillaume Côté debuting […]

Diamond Gala: Celebrating 60 Years of the National Ballet of Canada

The crème de le crème of Toronto high society gathered recently for the National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary Diamond Gala at the Four Seasons Centre, a night of dining and dancing that raised$1.25-million. Lloyd Robertson and Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson Outside the centre, mannequin style models wearing specially designed tutus posed in the blistering […]

National Ballet of Canada’s Hamlet – To See or Not to See …

American Kevin O’Day (now artistic director of Ballett Mannheim in Mannheim, Germany) choreographed the ballet Hamlet based on Shakepeare’s play for the Stuttgart Ballet in 2008 shortly after the death of his father.  He states at the pre-Ballet Talk Opening Night of the The National Ballet of Canada production, “It’s addressing the father that’s within us […]

The National Ballet of Canada Continues to Trailblaze

You can’t quite go anywhere in Toronto these days without seeing posters and flyers for the National Ballet of Canada’s revamped Romeo and Juliet, performances of which just ended Sunday night. This advertising campaign even showed up in most online search pages and was a clear sign of the tour de force that is Artistic […]

The National Ballet Celebrates Greta Hodgkinson

The National Ballet of Canada celebrates a milestone this year.   Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson has been with the company for over 20 years and in recognition of this, the Company has included a celebratory dance for her in this summer’s mixed programme Celebrating Greta: Mozartiana & Other Dances & In the Upper Room. Hodgkinson, who […]

Marla Silva Believes Dance Leads to Self-Confidence

 Christine Stoesser Marla Silva, owner/operator of danceology in Liberty Village, is a firm believer that learning how to dance is a sure way to improve self-confidence. Silva, 37, oozes confidence herself in her movements, her manner of speaking and the way she tells her story. So how did Silva single-handedly come to own her own […]

Cinderella: A Light-Hearted Mix of Classical and Modern

The National Ballet of Canada brings back Canadian James Kudelka’s 2004 version of Cinderella.  Set to music by Sergei Prokofiev and playing at The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts November 11-20, this slate of performances is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada. Kudelka is one of North America’s […]

Cinderella at the National Ballet: November 11-20

Cinderella will be at the Four Seasons Centre twice this season, with the National Ballet of Canada presenting the ballet in addition to the Rossini opera.  The music is by Sergei Prokofiev, with choreography by James Kudelka.  Cinderella will run from November 11 to 20.  For ticket information, please visit the Cinderella page on the […]

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