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Ballet 360°: Ballet and the Bard

Ballet 360°: Ballet and the Bard

Saturday, January 16, 2016 3:00 PM

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Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses video of well-known ballets to take us beyond the steps and into the fine craft of making a ballet.

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Join dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis as she uses video of well-known ballets to take us beyond the steps and into the craft of ballet. Each session uses a company or ballet being presented during the 2015–2016 season as the jumping off point for a deeper exploration of the art form.

Ballet 360°: Ballet and the Bard

Will story ballets survive in the 21st century? Are steps ever a substitute for words? Following the premiere of The Winter's Tale in 2014, Christopher Wheeldon was hailed for using very inventive movements and exciting designs, as well as creating rich roles for dancers to bring to life Shakespeare's tale of jealousy, marital problems, misunderstandings, madness, and eventual reconciliation.

Lecture Timing: 90 minutes with no intermission

NOTE: The National Ballet of Canada does not participate in this session.