On Christmas Eve, the entire family gathers together to celebrate at the home of little Clara. Her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, gives her a beautiful wooden nutcracker, which her brother Fritz breaks in a fit of jealousy. Fortunately, her godfather, who ... Read more
is also a bit of magician, is able to repair it. During the night, after everyone has gone to bed, Clara returns to the parlour to check on her beloved nutcracker. Suddenly, mice and rats invade the room and begin to battle with an army of tin soldiers. Clara is now in danger. Her nutcracker comes to life and flies to her rescue, transforming into a Prince Charming. He leads her to the Land of Snow and then to the Kingdom of Sweets, where she has a magical adventure with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.
The National Ballet of Ukraine returns to Montreal to perform La Bayadère, an Indian epic of eternal love complete with lush temples, fanciful costumes, Hindu gods and vibrant colours. At the centre of this classic ballet is the bayadère, Nikiya. ... Read more
Although she has been “married” to a deity and must spend her life serving this deity with rituals, acts of worship and dancing, Nikiya loves Solor, a noble warrior, and is desired by a High Brahmin in the temple. The events that follow – lust, betrayal, death and revenge - are inevitable, but when the gods unleash their vengeance, the bonds of eternal love are unbroken. Close
A commissioned piece that premiered in September 2011, this narrative ballet recounts the torrid romance of French sculptors Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel, from the flowering of their shared creative passion to Claudel’s downward spiral into poverty ... Read more
and madness. To represent the burst of creativity that stemmed from their union, and the psychological toll it exerted, Quanz added a 12-member ensemble of six men and six women: “sculptures” that embody the shapes and emotions emanating from the minds of the artists. Close
Visiting company Houston Ballet will be performing Marie-Antoinette, a sweeping narrative ballet about the life and death of French queen Marie Antoinette.
Featuring sumptuous costumes and regal sets by Canadian designer Kandis Cook, Marie charts ... Read more
the progression of Marie Antoinette from innocent child bride to frivolous royal fashionista to ruined queen, with energy, richly choreographed gestures and a contemplative score by Shostakovich. The ballet opens with the young, vivacious Marie being stripped of her Austrian clothes and redressed in the French style; from there, it evocatively charts how she eventually grows into the tender wife and mother who finally accepts the kiss from Madame Guillotine.
Inspired by a poem written by Richard Dehmel in 1896 and the innovative musical composition of the same name by Arnold Schoenberg that followed in 1899, Transfigured Night opens with a man and a woman walking in a dark forest. The woman reveals to her new ... Read more
lover that she is pregnant with another man’s child and each movement that follows this announcement contributes to the transfiguration and the radiant fusion of these two (three!) disparate beings into one, glowing whole. The play – and the music – is divided into five distinct sections, reflecting the five stanzas of Dehmel’s poem and the profound emotions expressed in each. Close
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