Dana Glassman, National Post:
"The National Ballet of Canada’s performance of John Neumeier’s Nijinsky is so powerful and chilling, it stays with you long after the curtain goes down....Guillaume Côté, who danced the role of Nijinsky Saturday evening (he alternates performances with Skylar Campbell and Hamburg Ballet’s Alexandre Riabko) is simply mind-blowing.
National Ballet review: Nijinsky a triumph of dramatic intensity
Toronto Star, Michael Crabb
National Ballet rises to the challenge of presenting John Neumeier's Nijinsky, a spectacular, sprawling, surreal and often mind-bending homage to ballet's most legendary male dancer
A Legend gets his due
John Coulbourn, Toronto Sun
The National Ballet has a hit in Nijinsky
Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail
"if the deafening applause and cheers that exploded as the curtain came down is any indication, the National Ballet has another run-don’t-walk hit on its hands...Côté’s emotional outpouring is heartbreaking, both as an actor and a dancer.Jelinek is a standout as Diaghilev, with his veneer of icy calm. He is both sexy and nasty, and dominates the stage. Ogden is absolutely gorgeous in her vulnerability."
John Neumeier’s tribute to the legendary dance artist is a triumph for the National Ballet of Canada
Glenn Sumi, Now Toronto
" the work is a staggering achievement, mixing layers of art, biography and symbol ... into something fresh and new.
There are too many fine performances to single out, but special mention of course goes to Côté, who’s required to be a comic tragedian, a conflicted queer man and an artist going mad, all while dancing steps that start off difficult and end up excruciating."
Denise Sum, Danceviewtimes
"As Nijinsky, Guillaume Côté gave a formidable performance with such technical virtuosity and gut-wrenching drama that one wonders if there is anything that he cannot do...Equally deserving of mention is Jiří Jelinek as Diaghilev.While he was harsh, controlling and slimy at times, there was also a magnetism about him that suggested why he was so good at what he did."
Gary Smith, Hamilton Spectator
"Guest star Alexandre Riabko is brilliant in the star Nijinsky role suggesting all the pent-up fury of a man frustrated by life and art.
Sonia Rodriguez gives the performance of her life as poor, desperate Romola, Jiri Jelinek is touching as Diaghilev and Dylan Tedaldi, Aleksandar Antonijevic and Hamilton-born Brett Vansickle are standouts in a superb cast."
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