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  1. official announcement of 2021-22 Season


    Sharing the Stage
    A Residency at Harbourfront Centre

    August 9 – 29, 2021


    Angels' Atlas & Serenade

    November 11 — 21, 2021


    The Nutcracker

    Performance schedule to be announced.


    A Streetcar Named Desire

    March 2 — 6, 2022


    The Sleeping Beauty

    March 11 — 20, 2022


    Elite Syncopations with New Work by Alysa Pires & New Work by Siphesihle November & After the Rain

    March 23 — 27, 2022


    Swan Lake

    June 10 — 26, 2022

  2. 5 hours ago, Preston said:

    I wanted to create a topic to discuss this Sunday's Bolshoi transmission of Swan Lake. Do people have thoughts on why the casting changed so suddenly from Ovcharenko to Tissi (at the same time that Smirnova's casting was announced)? 

    Some say that Bolshoi was considering Yulia Stepanova as Odette/Odile (who paired with Artem Ovcharenko in Swan Lake in the last two years). But out of uncertain reason, she went out of the game. So they got a different pair instead of filling in Nikulina or Krysanova  with proper height to pair up with Ovcharenko.

  3. https://national.ballet.ca/Tickets/Next-Season


    On Tour: London, UK

    July 28 – August 1, 2020


    San Francisco Ballet

    November 11 — 15, 2020

    Helgi Tomasson’s world-renowned San Francisco Ballet makes its Toronto debut this fall when it opens The National Ballet of Canada’s 2020/21 season. With this historic guest appearance, Toronto audiences will experience three acclaimed works from San Francisco Ballet’s recent repertoire, all from influential choreographers of today. 

    Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

    by Justin Peck

    Bound To

    by Christopher Wheeldon

    The Seasons

    by Alexei Ratmansky



    November 21 — 29, 2020

    This season, Wayne McGregor, the multi-award winning choreographer of Chroma and Genus, joins forces with one of the world’s greatest living writers, Margaret Atwood, to create a thrilling new ballet triptych for The National Ballet of Canada. MADDADDAM is based on Atwood’s acclaimed novel trilogy, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam. Themes of extinction and invention, hubris and humanity are spliced together with aspects of Atwood's activism and her deep connection to the Canadian landscape, past and present.


    The Nutcracker

    December 10, 2020 — January 2, 2021


    On Tour: Ottawa

    National Arts Centre

    January 4 — 6, 2021


    A Streetcar Named Desire

    March 3 — 7, 2021


    Swan Lake

    March 13 — 20, 2021


    Frame by Frame

    March 24 — 28, 2021



    June 5 — 12, 2021

    Victoria turns the spotlight on a towering figure from Britain’s monarchical past, Queen Victoria, with fresh choreographic language from a rising star in contemporary narrative ballet, Cathy Marston. A first ever co-production with England’s Northern Ballet, Victoria presents the Queen through the eyes of her youngest child, closest confidante and posthumous editor of her personal journals, Princess Beatrice. The result is a sweeping production that weaves the mother/daughter relationship into the story of Queen Victoria’s long and glorious reign.


    Balanchine & Tchaikovsky

    June 18 — 24, 2021

    George Balanchine set some of his most beautiful and compelling works to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, returning to the composer many times throughout his career. This programme revives three Balanchine ballets from The National Ballet of Canada repertoire set to Tchaikovsky, each a radiant visualization of music in movement. 



    Diamonds - from Jewels

  4. 2 hours ago, naomikage said:

    But the London audience wants to see Svetlana Lunkina.

    I agree  Vanstone / Frola will be very good but other than them (and of course Dronina is fabulous, but not sure she will recover by then) how uninspiring and the audience would be very disappointed. 

    Totally agree.

    Svetlana Lunkina is superb. Finger crossed for London audience.

  5. Rehearsal Casting for Washington DC in January, 2020:

    Princess Aurora: [Dronina] / Hawes / Lobsanova /  [MacDonald] / Ogden / Vanstone ([ ] means possible)

    Prince Florimund: Cote/ Ebe / Frola / James / Saye 

    London casting will not be far from this.

    I have not watched NBC's Sleeping Beauty. From my experience of watching NBC, Vanstone / Frola is the best.

  6. Casting for Giselle:

    Svetlana Lunkina (November 6 at 7:30 pm/November 9 at 2:00 pm)
    Elena Lobsanova (November 7 at 2:00 pm)
    Heather Ogden* (November 7 at 7:30 pm)
    Sonia Rodriguez (November 8 at 7:30 pm)
    Greta Hodgkinson (November 9 at 7:30 pm)
    Jillian Vanstone (November 10 at 2:00 pm)

    Harrison James (November 6 at 7:30 pm/November 9 at 2:00 pm)
    Naoya Ebe (November 7 at 2:00 pm)
    Brendan Saye* (November 7 at 7:30 pm)
    Francesco Gabriele Frola (November 8 at 7:30 pm/November 10 at 2:00 pm)
    Guillaume Côté (November 9 at 7:30 pm)

    Piotr Stanczyk (November 6, 7, 9 at 7:30 pm/November 9 at 2:00 pm)
    Skylar Campbell (November 7, 10 at 2:00 pm/November 8 at 7:30 pm)
    Queen of the Wilis
    Heather Ogden (November 6, 9 at 7:30 pm)
    Chelsy Meiss* (November 7 at 2:00 pm)
    Hannah Fischer (November 7 at 7:30 pm/November 9 at 2:00 pm)
    Jenna Savella* (November 8 at 7:30 pm/November 10 at 2:00 pm)

    * Debut

    Casting for Orpheus Alive & Chaconne

    Orpheus Alive


    Jenna Savella (November 15, 20 at 7:30 pm)
    Heather Ogden (November 16 at 2:00 pm/November 21 at 7:30 pm)
    Hannah Fischer (November 16 at 7:30 pm/November 17 at 2:00 pm)


    Spencer Hack (November 15, 20 at 7:30 pm)
    Harrison James (November 16 at 2:00 pm/November 21 at 7:30 pm)
    Brendan Saye (November 16 at 7:30 pm/November 17 at 2:00 pm)


    Eurydice’s Mother         
    Sonia Rodriguez (November 15, 21 at 7:30 pm/November 16 at 2:00 pm)
    Tanya Howard (November 16, 20 at 7:30 pm/November 17 at 2:00 pm)


    Heather Ogden and Harrison James (November 15, 16 at 7:30 pm/November 17 at 2:00 pm)
    Koto Ishihara and Naoya Ebe (November 16 at 2:00 pm/November 21 at 7:30 pm)
    Heather Ogden and Brendan Saye (November 20 at 7:30 pm)

  7. He is good in solo technique (which declined a bit after his recent injury. His golden idol was more impressive in 2015 than Costa Mesa tour two weeks ago).

    However, I have to say, he not good at partnering and acting. 

    If you can find his video clips with Anastasia Lukina, his disadvantages were obvious. Lukina nearly fell off his arms in Act II and he knocked her off pointe in Act III. He jumped around like a kid to accept the applause after Act III variation when he was supposed to keep the royal charm of his character. 

  8. I totally understand the situation of individual dancers.

    However, in a situation like this, when both advertised artists cannot show up, the organizer BiletRu. Us should inform the audience in advance and give the option of refund.

    It is not a casting change of Mariinsky Ballet, when you can see another high level Mariinsky dancer instead of another.

  9. Don’t go if you have not bought tickets. Think again even you have bought them. Just came back from Toronto performance. The worst ballet GALA I have ever seen.

    No Igor Kolb,  No Aleksandra Iosifidi. No printed program. The only dancer I could recognize is Vitaly Biktimirov, first soloist of Bolshoi. 

    The other half besides Carmen include Russian Dance, Raymonda dream scene, Harlequinade, Dying Swan, Don Quixote pdd. Almost all lousily performed. 

  10. I watched it yesterday in the cinema.

    I found Olga did not respond to the music well in Act I, especially in her multiple variations. At first, I thought it might be the broadcasting problem. But her previous video clips on Youtube show the same problem.  It turned better for Act II and III. I love her Grand Pas with nobility and femininity.

    The overall arrangement of  Act I was so boring. Fortunately, Igor Tsvirko spiced it up in Act II.

    Elizaveta Kokoreva, a new graduate of Moscow State Academy of Choreography, was very lovely in Grand Pas Variation. 

  11. On 9/22/2019 at 3:02 AM, EricMontreal said:

    I'm going to be in Russia on business in early November (Moscow), but it's been my dream to see the reconstruction of Sleeping Beauty.  I see that it is being performed twice, according to their website, on November 9th and 10th.  I was wondering if anyone had any advice about which cast to choose, and if there is a likelihood this is mis-information and it will just be the K Sergeyev Beauty (which I've seen, and I wouldn't mind seeing again--but wouldn't change my travel plans to see).



    I want to give a different recommendation on Somova. She is THE best Aurora in Mariinsky IMHO. Super beautiful and sweet with great technique and musicality. Her weakness in arms is not obvious in Sleeping Beauty. She was cast in dvd and online broadcast. I have to agree with Fateev on these decisions although disagreeing on many others. Askerov may not look so handsome as Parish but his technique is no worse.

    You can check out her and Novikova's video online as other fans to find out your own preference.

  12. 18 hours ago, canbelto said:

    Omg, herniated disc? Her recovery sounds really day by day and obviously I’m hoping she’s back sooner rather than later but this is the kind of injury where she really needs to let her body heal.

    According to the podcast interview, she will be back to studio in September or October. She will probably miss the fall season.

  13. 16 hours ago, Outside said:

    Is anyone familiar with the seating of Segerstrom Hall? I am looking at the seating chart (https://www.scfta.org/scfta/media/General/visit/campus/segerstromhallseating.pdf), is the Orchestra front row AA too close?


    This website might help with real seat photos with audience in the front to feel the rake. 


  14. I went to Sunday Matinee performance too. (I sat in upper tiers, so I do not want to comment on what happened in orchestra stalls. But yes, it was Forsythe who came out during the second bow.)


    The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (Hannah Galway, Jeannine Haller, Jordana Daumec, Skylar Campbell, Brendan Saye)

    Maybe it is the music and the tutus, it gave me an impression of Forsythe style in a more classical form. Brendan Saye was gorgeous. He has a perfect body, superb musicality and stage presence. Skylar Campbell was quick and light as a feather, as he always was.

    The three ballerinas were average, I have to say. They worked through those quick footworks, but not very exactly. And their phrasing has nothing special.

    Bravo to the minimalistic costumes by Stephen Galloway. Simple, modern, elegant and unpretentious.


    Approximate Sonata 2016 (Sonia Rodriguez and Donald Thom, Xiao Nan Yu and Brent Parolin, Greta Hodgkinson and Kota Sato, Chelsy Meiss and Guillaume Côté)

    I did not get the choreography itself for this first view. I will try again on Wednesday for another cast.

    Xiaonan Yu and Greta Hodgkinson did not have the attack for Forsythe, which is understandable considering their age. I liked 4th Sonata by Chelsy Meiss and Guillaume Côté the most. They showed me the energy and humour that I linked with Forsythe. Sonia Rodriguez was impressive in 5th Sonata.


    The Second Detail

    My favorite piece of the triple bill. With more dancers, there were more diverse body movement, more complex stage geometry and more humorous correspondence.

    Due to the weird casting list, I can not tell all the dancers. I recognized Greta Hodgkinson, Sonia Rodriguez, Chelsy Meiss, and Félix Paquet.

    I loved Sonia Rodriguez and Chelsy Meiss in this piece. They had the athletic lines and energy for “attack”. They also showed more playfulness and joy of dance on stage.

    No wonder Rodriguez was chosen to feature the poster. She can definitely tackle Forsythe.

  15. Casting for The Merry Widow:


    Hanna Glawari              
    Xiao Nan Yu (June 19, 22 at 7:30 pm)
    Heather Ogden (June 20, 22 at 2:00 pm)
    Sonia Rodriguez* (June 20 at 7:30 pm)
    Greta Hodgkinson (June 21 at 7:30 pm/June 23 at 2:00 pm)

    Count Danilo Danilowitch            
    Guillaume Côté (June 19, 22 at 7:30 pm)
    Harrison James* (June 20, 22 at 2:00 pm)
    Piotr Stanczyk* (June 20 at 7:30 pm)
    Evan McKie* (June 21 at 7:30 pm/June 23 at 2:00 pm)

    Jillian Vanstone (June 19, 22 at 7:30 pm)
    Miyoko Koyasu* (June 20, 22 at 2:00 pm)
    Tina Pereira* (June 20 at 7:30 pm)
    Chelsy Meiss* (June 21 at 7:30 pm/June 23 at 2:00 pm)

    Camille de Rosillon
    Naoya Ebe* (June 19, 22 at 7:30 pm)
    Jack Bertinshaw* (June 20, 22 at 2:00 pm)
    Skylar Campbell* (June 20 at 7:30 pm)
    Félix Paquet* (June 21 at 7:30 pm/June 23 at 2:00 pm)

  16. Casting for Physical Thinking (William Forsythe Programme)


    The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

    Jillian Vanstone, Chelsy Meiss, Calley Skalnik
    Naoya Ebe, Harrison James
    (June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm)

    Hannah Galway, Jeannine Haller, Hannah Fischer
    Skylar Campbell, Brendan Saye
    (June 2 at 2:00 pm/June 7 at 7:30 pm)

    Hannah Galway, Tina Pereira, Jordana Daumec
    Siphesihle November, Félix Paquet
    (June 6 at 7:30 pm)

    Jillian Vanstone, Chelsy Meiss, Calley Skalnik
    Siphesihle November, Donald Thom
    (June 8 at 2:00 pm)

    Approximate Sonata 2016

    1st & 5th Sonata
    Sonia Rodriguez and Spencer Hack (June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm/June 8 at 2:00 pm)
    Jenna Savella and Donald Thom (June 2 at 2:00 pm)
    Jillian Vanstone and Donald Thom (June 6 at 7:30 pm)
    Jenna Savella and Spencer Hack (June 7 at 7:30 pm)

    2nd Sonata
    Hannah Fischer and Christopher Gerty (June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm)
    Xiao Nan Yu and Christopher Gerty (June 2 at 2:00 pm)
    Xiao Nan Yu and Brendan Saye (June 6 at 7:30 pm/June 8 at 2:00 pm)
    Antonella Martinelli and Brent Parolin (June 7 at 7:30 pm)

    3rd Sonata
    Svetlana Lunkina and Félix Paquet (June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm/June 8 at 2:00 pm)
    Greta Hodgkinson and Kota Sato (June 2 at 2:00 pm/ June 6 at 7:30 pm)
    Elena Lobsanova and Ben Rudisin (June 7 at 7:30 pm)

    4th Sonata
    Tanya Howard and Kota Sato (June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm/June 8 at 2:00 pm)
    Chelsy Meiss and Guillaume Côté (June 2 at 2:00 pm/June 7 at 7:30 pm)
    Jenna Savella and Trygve Cumpston (June 6 at 7:30 pm)

    The Second Detail

    Jordana Daumec or Sonia Rodriguez or Hannah Fischer, Tanya Howard or Stephanie Hutchison or Andreea Olteanu, Rui Huang or Calley Skalnik or Jeannine Haller, Antonella Martinelli or Selene Guerrero-Trujillo or Hannah Galway, Chelsy Meiss or Mallory Mehaffey, Heather Ogden or Kathryn Hosier or Tirion Law, Jenna Savella or Greta Hodgkinson or Jillian Vanstone

    Jack Bertinshaw or Brent Parolin, Skylar Campbell or Donald Thom or Spencer Hack, Siphesihle November or Naoya Ebe or Joe Chapman, Ben Rudisin or Harrison James or Guillaume Côté, Kota Sato or Jimmy Coleman or Alexander Skinner, Brendan Saye or Giorgio Galli or Christopher Gerty, Nan Wang or Félix Paquet or Nicholas Rose

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