The opening night of Ballet BC's "Grace Symmetry" on February 20, 2014 buzzed with first night excitement and anticipation, as two new dance and musical collaborations were making their world premieres here at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
The audiences at the January 30th performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Romeo & Juliet, choreographed by Rudi van Dantzig with orchestration of score composed by Sergei Prokofiev, were treated to a polished, exciting, and lush evening of classical ballet at its finest.
As the lights come up on a threadbare stage,
a wooden chair awaits its dance partner
an upright bass awaits the dance
and a bowl of peppers sits, ripened by the sun…
Becoming Burlesque is a two-month intensive workshop whereby our newbies go beyond simple striptease and learn the basics: from movement, to comedy, hair, makeup, costuming, sound, tech stuff and of course, the ins and outs of being entertaining on stage. It really was a crash course in tapping into your sexy-self.
It makes me want to feel, and move, and stretch. It shows me the richness of being female: to hold and abandon, to intimidate and lead, to fall and love and struggle and empower—and surrender to it all.
by @nadatodo | Anastasia Koutalianos
When it came to the troupe's technical skill, it was impeccable. When it came to the scenery and costumes, they were visually stunning. When it came to choreography, it was flawless.
For three nights (February 16-18), Vancouver was lucky to host National Ballet of Cuba's performance of Don Quixote after the original by Marius Petipa (version of Alexander Gorsky).
This contemporary ballet performance has caused a lot of controversy. At least in my head.
Let's start with the dance company. La La La Human Steps was founded in 1980 in Montreal, and was later relocated to New York City, the epicenter of contemporary dance at the time. Now the company is certainly recognized for its unique choreographic language. How should I describe it? Aggressive, rushed, very technical and precise, and emotionally raw.
The Winter holiday season brings a few versions of this famous classical story by Peter Tchaikovsky. The Goh Ballet presented their interpretation at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts between December 15 and 18.
Only two brief encounters with Louise Lecavalier/FouGlorieux on November 4 and 5, definitely feel not enough.
Yet, the few of us who were privileged enough to see the dance performance of Children & A Few Minutes of Lock, will definitely not forget it for some time. "Splendid" would be the one word phrase I would have to choose to describe it, but it is so much more than that...
CJSF Radio’s Arts & Entertainment Writer Denise Mok was at the opening night performance of The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th Anniversary Tour, here in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Friday night, September 23rd.