anyone see Requiem in Ottawa?
Posted 07 September 2002 - 06:06 AM
(I don't live near Ottawa, so am unable to attend)
Posted 08 September 2002 - 11:10 AM
Posted 10 September 2002 - 05:06 PM
The reviews are coming in for Requiem 9/11, Canada's artistic response to the events of last Sept. 11. The ballet, choreographed by Brian MacDonald, had its premiere Thursday at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
Macdonald is a man well into his seventies, and Requiem 9/11 is imbued with an anguish and a hope that comes from a senior artist whose cultural aesthetic harks back to more innocent times. A cutting-edge choreographer would not have treated the material with such stately, even courtly, formality. Yet, it is because the work embraces the seemingly old-fashioned virtues of structured, lyrical dance that Requiem 9/11 is able to walk the pathway of universal accessibility. As well, the piece radiates integrity, and one knows that the wellspring of Requiem 9/11 is Macdonald's very personal and heartfelt cry for peace.
- The Calgary Herald:
The daring new ballet Requiem 9/11 is a grim, at times terrifying, 80-minute history of the world, complete with death, destruction and redemption, portrayed in the multimedia magic of light, music, song and dance.
It can also be seen as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancing on the graves of the thousands killed last Sept. 11 in the terrorist attacks on the U.S.
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