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SCRUTINY | Mariinsky Orchestra Invades Toronto In A Night To Remember

By Stephan Bonfield on November 12, 2017

Gergiev and the finely-toned, muscular Mariinsky Orchestra buzzed into town for a program of Russian music backed by powerhouse Russian pianist Denis Matsuev.
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SCRUTINY | Opera Atelier’s Theatrical Marriage Of Figaro Calls The Right Tune

By Stephan Bonfield on November 1, 2017

Here we have the perfect Figaro — supremely sung, breathtakingly danced and with spot-on acting.
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SCRUTINY | National Ballet's Streetcar Named Desire Stands the Test of Time

By Stephan Bonfield on June 8, 2017

Each of us has known trauma in our many relationships with others. But it takes a John Neumeier to show exactly what that looks like and the brilliance of the National Ballet to perform it.
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SCRUTINY | Opera Atelier's Medea One Of The Best Operas Of The Season

By Stephan Bonfield on April 25, 2017

Opera Atelier's Media is the product of astonishing creative imagination and nothing less than a masterful artistic synthesis.
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SCRUTINY | National Ballet's Mixed Program A Blend Of Comedy And Sober Studies

By Stephan Bonfield on April 1, 2017

National Ballet of Canada presents a balanced evening of varied dance styles to complement the most eclectic palette.
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DANCE | National Ballet's Prickly Cacti Makes A Surreal Appearance (review)

By Stephan Bonfield on March 13, 2016

The National Ballet of Canada unveiled its springtime ballet grab-bag Wednesday night, consisting of two well-known Balanchine neo-classical works, The Four Temperaments and Rubies, followed by a third, substantially more prickly piece by the prolific Alexander Ekman, titled Cacti.
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DANCE | National Ballet's La Sylphide Brings History To Life

By Stephan Bonfield on March 11, 2016

The National Ballet of Canada closed its run of choreographer Johan Kobborg's La Sylphide last week in what proved to be a sensational series of seven beautifully new, re-enlivened performances. It was my decided good fortune to attend three of them in order to take in this earliest repertoire piece of pointe ballet, but especially to take advantage of a supreme learning opportunity.
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DANCE | Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Resonates In Toronto

By Stephan Bonfield on March 9, 2016

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre returned to Toronto presenting three near sold-out shows for their devout following, many of whom came from great distances to see their favourite iconic performers premiere two relatively new choreographies debuted last year, Exodus, and Open Door.  There were two different programmes, the first falling on Friday night which I was able to attend and a second on Saturday afternoon, with the first program repeated Saturday night for a total of three performances,  Sadly, I had to miss the matinée performance.
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SCRUTINY | Badke A Provocative Window Into Another World

By Stephan Bonfield on February 23, 2016

To know dabke, a joyous, celebratory dance of richly traditional Levantine Middle Eastern origins is to know a wonderfully vibrant living culture but to know the show Badke, is to truly get to know its heart and soul.
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SCRUTINY | Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale a Triumph

By Stephan Bonfield on November 17, 2015

National Ballet of Canada production of Shakespeare play a veritable triumph.
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