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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

National Film Board free events for NBOC 60th Anniversary

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA Archival Display


From February 21 through February 29, discover the rich past of The National Ballet of Canada with an archival display exploring its history, traditions and triumphs in the NFB Mediatheque's Interactive Lounge, 150 John Street in Toronto.
Free screenings with special guests from the world of dance!
 Celia Franca: Tour de Force
A penetrating profile of the founder of the National Ballet of Canada with some wonderful archival vintage film footage shot in the fifties during the early days of the National Ballet of Canada. Watch a clip here.  
Pas de Deux
 For all who enjoy ballet,  Pas de deux presents an insight into the dance that only dancers ordinarily see. It is an engaging film portrait of the Canadian husband-and-wife team, Anna Marie and David Holmes (also seen in the McLaren film, Ballet Adagio). We see their busy lives as international dance stars, their private interests and, above all, their dedication to the absolute refinement of ballet movement.
Grant Munro | NFB | 1972 | 50 min
Ballet Adagio
A slow-motion study by Norman McLaren of the pas-de-deux adagio, one of the most exacting and difficult dances of classical ballet. A ballet originally choreographed by the Russian ballet master Asaf Messerer is performed for this film by the internationally known Canadian pair, David and Anna Marie Holmes, to the music of Albinoni's Adagio. A film to heighten the aesthetic appreciation of classical ballet and to afford observation of the technique and mechanics of the adagio movements.
Q&A session with former Principal Dancer and Filmmaker Veronica Tennant following the screening.

February 22, 2012 at 4 pm - Tour en l'air & Ballet Adagio

February 22, 2012 at 7pm - Flamenco at 5:15
This Oscar-winning film is a visual and emotional thriller. It is an impressionistic record of a flamenco dance class given to senior students of the National Ballet School of Canada by two great teachers from Spain, Susana and Antonio Robledo. The film shows the beautiful young North American dancers--inspired by the flamenco rhythms and mesmerized by Susana's extraordinary energy--joyously merging with an ancient gypsy culture. 
Cynthia Scott | NFB | 1983 | 29 min
Ballet Adagio & Tour en l'air
Q&A session with writer and historian James Neufeld author of Passion to Dance, the updated history of the National Ballet, following the screening.

February 23, 2012 at 7pm - Tango in a Cold City
While grateful for the prosperity and security of their adopted country, many immigrants to Canada feel the need to define themselves through a return to their roots. For Argentines, the tango will always recall the land they left behind. But it's not only Argentines who gravitate towards tango. Vietnamese barbers, Scottish engineers, Russian violinists, American executives and even native-born Canadians can become entranced by the romanticism of this most sensual of dances. This film introduces us to some of these people and delves into their passion for a dance that has transformed their lives. As the great Argentine dancer Gavito says, "Tango is a feeling, a feeling between a man and a women." 
Dance Class 
Performer (Part I)
Q&A session with writer and dance historian Carol Bishop-Gwyn author of The Pursuit of Perfection, the first full biography of Founding Artistic Director Celia Franca, following the screening.

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