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"A Look at Ballet" - Katherine will enrich your experience of the four very different story ballets in the National Ballet of Canada's 2014-15 season with insights into ballet history, mime, and the distinctive styles of their choreographers, all giants of the ballet world.
Week 1 - Impressing the Tsar: The Grand Imperial Russian Style (The Sleeping Beauty) When you think "ballet", you see a regal-looking ballerina in a short tutu performing feats of virtuosity, and you owe that vision to Marius Petipa and his late-19th-century ballets.
Week 2 - Nijinsky: Ballet Discovers Sex (Afternoon of a Faun, Le Spectre de la Rose, Scheherazade) At the beginning of the 20th century, the tragic figure of Vaslav Nijinsky wowed the world with his performances in ballets created for the famous Ballets Russes, before descending into mental illness.
Week 3 - The Dark Night of the Soul (Manon) The 20th-century British choreographer Kenneth MacMillan pushed ballet in new directions, exploring its ability, like all great art forms, to portray the darker side of the human condition, in ballets renowned for their heart-wrenching duets.
Week 4 - Down the Rabbit Hole (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) The 21st-century British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon pays homage to his classical heritage while producing a highly entertaining take on Lewis Carroll.
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