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Monday, August 1, 2016

National Ballet of Canada Winter's Tale Reviews

Performances at the Lincoln Center Festival, New York, July 2016.

Mary Cargill, DanceView Times:
"the Canadian dancers were subtle and imaginative actors and most were able to triumph over the somewhat repetitive and limited vocabulary...Despite the padding, the company looked very good, with beautifully formed feet, a natural carriage, and a crisp, unexaggerated style, combined with a fine dramatic presence.  They made the ballet look both interesting and significant. Evan McKie ...gave his descent into madness a dignified, reluctant inevitability. His quiet joy when he recognized Perdita was exceptionally moving, as was his deep, humbled bow to his wife as she came back to life. 160729_nbc_1783 Svetlana Lunkina, ... gave a luminous and soulful performance"

Gia Kourlas, New York Times: 
"In ‘The Winter’s Tale,’ the Silk Flows Better Than the Steps"

The National Ballet of Canada Presents THE WINTER'S TALE
6 days ago - For THE WINTER'S TALE, Wheeldon reunited with the creative team behind his popular 2011 story-ballet, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Joby Talbot's ...
Rating: 3 - ‎Review by Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn - ‎Jul 28, 2016
"Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale is not a work of genius. It has too many flaws for that. On the other hand, it is a highly credible work that will find its place in the repertoire for years to come. All along the way, the choreographer included deft touches that related the story with refreshing clarity....The dancers of the National Ballet of Canada are a terrific group and they inhabited the characters of this challenging story ballet with admirable dedication."

Haglund's Heel

"a rare and wonderful performance in which the pent up energies from last winter exploded into dance drama that was unexpectedly rich and riveting....The drama of this ballet is so deep and rewarding that it seems almost frivolous to discuss the technical dancing. It was of a very high standard and there was no marginalizing of technical requirements. ... The Winter’s Tale isn’t just Wheeldon’s best work. It is also his most important, most cerebral, most inventive, most skilled, and most adventurous narrative dance effort to date. ..
what we couldn’t anticipate was how seasoned artists like Côté and Rodriguez along with Svetlana Lunkina as Paulina would speak with their steps, how they would shade the tones of their movements, how they would react to and feed off each other’s individual artistry in the ultra high performance environment that is the New York stage. Collectively on Saturday, they delivered a Shakespearean range of emotions so fluently and persuasively that the viewer might have forgotten that The Winter’s Tale was originally a famous written play rather than a ballet."

Lauren Gallagher, DanceTabs

Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine  
Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale is that rare accomplishment: a brand new story ballet that speaks to today’s audience. I saw two excellent casts with National Ballet of Canada , and wish I could see it many more times.

Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal 

"Wheeldon, his collaborators, and the splendid performers kept me engrossed most of the time in the somewhat preposterous and messy story. I admire how sensitively and economically his play was translated into ballet, how imaginatively it was mounted, and how beautifully it was presented. "

Robert Greskovic, Wall Street Journal
"This piece of ballet theater comes down on the side of theater, leaving ballet in its wake."

Joan Acocella, New Yorker

"With brutal choreography and dramatic intelligence, Christopher Wheeldon has turned Shakespeare’s problem play into a mind-snagging ballet."

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