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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Christopher House ends 25 years at head of Toronto Dance Theatre by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

After 25 years as artistic director, and another 15 as a dancer with the company, House tells Michael Crabb he’s ready to try something new.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

National Ballet faces joy and strain of triple bill devoted to famed choreographer by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Demanding, ‘ferocious’ creativity of choreographer William Forsythe gets fitting tribute with big show starting Saturday at the Sony Centre.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Boris Eifman delves into another Russian artist’s torment in Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

‘I can feel his soul,’ the famous Russian choreographer and namesake of Eifman Ballet St. Petersburg says of renowned composer Tchaikovsky.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

James Kudelka and Evelyn Hart team up again on Four Old Legs by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Now in their 60s, they first met as National Ballet School students. The former Royal Winnipeg prima ballerina and National Ballet artistic director explain why they’ve paired up once more…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Chelsy Meiss taps into her inner Mad Hatter as first woman to dance the role by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

National Ballet soloist Chelsy Meiss becomes the first woman to dance the role in the Christopher Wheeldon ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Creators of Betroffenheit return with a classic comedy of errors, much revised by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

It’s called Revisor and if the rapturous reviews from its sold-out premiere run in Vancouver late last month are any guide, it’s destined to become as big an international hit as its mul…

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Apollo dominates National Ballet of Canada’s mixed program by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Balanchine’s Apollo opens the National Ballet of Canada’s current mixed program and leaves its companion works with the unenviable task of even approaching the same ballpark.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Toronto dance theater offers tribute performance to founder, perseverance and strength in Black community by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater launches its 60th anniversary tour at Toronto’s Sony Centre amid ongoing racial bigotry against the Black community.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Choreographer activates brains as well as bodies, and keeps audiences on the edge of their seats by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Jeanine Durning’s new version of This Shape, We Are In for the Toronto Dance Theatres involves every dancer in its creation and every audience member in the experience.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Meet the South African dancer who followed a Billy Elliot-like path to the National Ballet of Canada by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Siphesihle November, Siphe for short, is the only corps de ballet member dancing the demanding lead role of Puck in the National Ballet’s production of The Dream.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Svetlana Lunkina triumphs as Anna Karenina in John Neumeier’s sometimes overwrought ballet version of the Tolstoy novel by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The National Ballet of Canada’s dancers acquit themselves most honourably, with Lunkina giving a detailed, insightful performance that earned one’s sympathy for a complex character, writ…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

For members of the China Disabled People’s Performing Arts Troupe the dream is not just onstage by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The Chinese dancers, some of whom are deaf, are focused on developing and perfecting their varied talents, writes Michael Crabb.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

National Ballet of Canada goes to Russia by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Audiences in Moscow and St. Petersburg get a taste of Canada’s premier troupe this week.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fall For Dance North expands its footprint by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Toronto festival now has five days and two venues of entertainment — but the ticket price has stayed cheap.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

A swan song: Danny Grossman’s evening of work, Labour of Love by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Labour of Love is a testament to the respect and affection Grossman still commands, that all the artists involved are working without pay, relying on donations and whatever is earned at the …

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Paz de la Jolla tops enticingly varied triple bill by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

With fresh dances — and not a tutu or tiara in sight — the National Ballet of Canada is proving it’s more than a bastion of tradition.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Norman McLaren homage Frame by Frame is impressive and overstuffed by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

In compressing the Scottish-Canadian animator’s content, its performers didn’t quite deliver — if that’s possible — a compelling impression of the artist.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

For Karen Kain, the National Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty is personal by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Karen Kain’s career soared when she performed in The Sleeping Beauty. Now, her dancing days behind her, she’s keeping the ballet alive for new generations.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Mikhail Baryshnikov finds the motion in the poetry of Joseph Brodsky by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Ballet superstar says he won’t be dancing so much as evoking the spirit of the words in Brodsky/Baryshnikov.

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