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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Fall for Dance North roams geographically and artistically with its global virtual programming by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Instead of a five-days festival of live performances in Toronto, this year’s event will not officially end until Oct. 29, with livestream offerings available until Nov. 5. And the artistic…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The artists of Dance Made in Canada return to quasi-normality with live performances in High Park by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Co-director Yvonne Ng couldn’t take the gamble of indoor performances for the 2021 fest so it’s a hybrid of live outdoor shows and virtual presentations.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Thursday, August 26, 2021

‘Exceptional experience’ — first live National Ballet in more than 16 months elicits cheers, dreamy ambience by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Mixed bill of four works from new and existing repertoire made for an emotion-charged event on the Harbourfront stage

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:24PM
Monday, August 23, 2021

National Ballet leaps into live performances with open air Harbourfront shows by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

First in-person shows since March, 2020 will sample classic and contemporary ballet, take place on open air concert stage with patio-style tables

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:02PM
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Indigenous artist Christine Friday dances her way to healing at Canadian Stage’s revamped Dream in High Park by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The 50-minute solo performance of “Maggie & Me” is one she hopes will lead towards understanding and reconciliation

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

‘I wanted this next challenge,’ says Hope Muir, the new artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Toronto-born Muir got her start as a professional dancer at English National Ballet and has been artistic director of Charlotte Ballet since 2017.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:00AM
Sunday, July 4, 2021

Who’ll fill Karen Kain’s shoes at the National Ballet of Canada? We name a few hypothetical candidates by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Nobody has been groomed for the job, but principal dancer Guillaume Côté would be an attractive insider choice. For outside candidates, Tamara Rojo would be well suited if she could be wre…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

‘Karen represents the very best of what Canada can be’ — colleagues express love and admiration for the National Ballet’s Karen Kain by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

To mark Kain’s official departure June 30 as the National Ballet of Canada’s artistic director the Star invited a selection of friends and colleagues to send their congratulations.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Karen Kain’s ‘Swan Lake’ will finally take flight in the National Ballet’s 70th anniversary season by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Kain announces the 2021-22 National Ballet of Canada season in one of her last official acts as artistic director. She’ll step down at the end of June.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:00PM
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Peggy Baker will cap a storied dance career by making room for other dancers’ stories by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

‘Toronto is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, but we haven’t had the equity,’ Baker tells Michael Crabb. She will wind up Peggy Baker Dance Projects by June 2023 to …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Sunday, February 14, 2021

Robert Binet’s ‘The Dreamers Ever Leave You’ started as an intimate performance at the AGO. When the pandemic sidelined a Harbourfront run it wa by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

‘Dreamers’ is the latest addition to the National Ballet of Canada’s free online programming. The company has also commissioned new works from Jennifer Archibald, Vanesa Garcia-Ribala …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM

A great dance company, a famous Canadian choreographer and a broadcast quality recording made in Paris: that’s Crystal Pite’s ‘Body and Soul’ by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The work that Pite made for Paris Opera Ballet has its Canadian digital premiere on Feb. 17 through new dance initiative Digidance.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Friday, December 4, 2020

Why the National Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ — onscreen instead of onstage this year — is still a stunner worth seeing by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

When this version was first seen in theatres in 2008, the Toronto cinema audience applauded virtuoso dances much as they might have in the Four Seasons Centre. The lead performances by Sonia…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Monday, November 23, 2020

Patricia Beatty, co-founder of Toronto Dance Theatre, remembered as “a giant in Canadian dance, a true pioneer” by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Beatty’s dance school has evolved to become one of Canada’s leading; her teaching has “impacted on thousands.” She has died age 84

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:57AM
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Miss live shows? Canadian Stage launches outdoor Dance in High Park weekend series with limited audiences by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

With COVID-19 scuppering shows, three Canadian dance companies have come up with innovative ways to do in person and livestream performances

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:59AM
Thursday, September 10, 2020

They lost their work, rituals and comradeship to COVID-19. Ballet performers are only now getting some of their old routine back — here’s how they by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Accustomed to large spaces, busy schedules and comradeship, National Ballet performers are only now getting some of their old routine back. They explain how they’ve coped

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Thursday, September 3, 2020

The National Ballet of Canada takes its fall season online so its dancers can perform again by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

‘We must find ways to allow them to dance,’ says Karen Kain in announcing ‘Expansive Dances’ by Robert Binet, Alysa Pires and Guillaume Côté, and the ‘Spotlight Series’ by Jera…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:00PM
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Karen Kain had well-laid plans for her National Ballet goodbye — but COVID-19 had other ideas by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

With major premieres like a new ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘MaddAddam’ postponed, and the search for a successor slowed, the prima ballerina turned artistic director will stay as long as the co…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM
Monday, April 27, 2020

Dancing swans, demented toymakers and men in tutus: how to escape to the ballet online by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

With theatres closed for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19, the web offers a cornucopia of compelling performances, from classics like “Swan Lake” and “Coppélia” to arts stream…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Elena Lobsanova, Guillaume Coté and a cast on fire give us a heart-rending ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

This spectacular and compelling dance-drama by Alexei Ratmansky for the National Ballet of Canada has a real-life urgency that emphasizes the story’s timeless relevance, writes Michael Cra…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:12PM
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Human yearning is evoked powerfully onstage in Crystal Pite’s ‘Angels’ Atlas’ by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Pite’s new work brings out the best in the National Ballet of Canada’s dancers while Greta Hodgkinson brings tragic dignity to ‘Marguerite and Armand’ as a dying courtesan.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:12PM
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A perfectionist in pointe shoes: after 30 years and many, many plum roles, Greta Hodgkinson leaves the National Ballet of Canada by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Farewell seasons hardly get better than the one Greta Hodgkinson has had. She ends her career as a National Ballet principal dancer with the title role in Frederick Ashton’s ‘Marguerite …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Monday, February 3, 2020

Just because Marie Chouinard and Christopher House have been creating dance for 40 years doesn’t mean they’re slowing down by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Chouinard, returning to Toronto with ‘Radical Vitality,’ says her ‘inner fire’ has only grown. House, saying farewell to Toronto Dance Theatre with ‘House Mix,’ isn’t slowing d…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:00PM
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Misty Copeland is right: Blackface and Yellowface have no place on ballet stages by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Misty Copeland called out the Bolshoi Ballet this month for its racist ‘danse des négrillons.’ The National Ballet of Canada faced its own controversy in 1981 over a dance that offended…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Friday, December 6, 2019

How do you like your ‘Nutcracker’? Six ways to get your fix of the ballet classic in the GTA by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

From Ballet Jörgen’s Canadiana take to the National Ballet’s spectacular version, there are Nutcrackers for everyone this holiday season, writes Michael Crabb.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Dazzling ‘Giselle,’ a challenging classic, earns rapturous response in Toronto by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

National Ballet’s production shares the roles out among its principals, letting many take a place in this triumphant production.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:07AM
Friday, October 11, 2019

Choreographer Yang Zhen’s creation puts dancers from China’s minority groups in the spotlight — but not in China by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

‘I do not see myself as a rebel. I’m not that political,’ insists the creator of ‘Minorities,’ coming to Toronto on Oct. 17.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:30PM
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Fall for Dance North lures the younger audiences that other arts organizations covet by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Although there’s no hard data, Fall for Dance North staff have gleaned enough through audience surveys and social media buzz to know they’re attracting a significantly younger crowd, man…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Monday, August 26, 2019

At the Genée International Ballet Competition young dancers vie for medals but also win friends by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The prestigious competition, which began in Britain in 1931, returns to Toronto where 62 dancers will perform, including 19 Canadians.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:19AM
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Xiao Nan Yu’s swan song with the National Ballet of Canada by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Principal dancer is set to take the lead in The Merry Widow, her last ballet with the esteemed company after joining more than 20 years ago.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:00AM
Friday, June 7, 2019

Luminato festival drums up the divine with KIRA by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Cultural tradition of African drumming underlies KIRA, The Path | La Voie, which is described as a celebration of humanity “as one village and its sacred bond to nature.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:04PM

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