Lumberjacks, Beavers and Raccoons: Inside NBoC’s New Pinocchio

What makes a ballet truly Canadian? Sprinkle in a some lumberjacks, says Will Tuckett. That’s just one of the many details we’re loving about the brand-new production of Pinocchio that the British choreographer is creating at the National Ballet of Canada. Though it doesn’t open until March 11, the company has offered several glimpses into the creative process with an ongoing video series.More »

Despite Body-Type Controversy, National Ballet of Canada Brings Ballet to Union Station

National Ballet of Canada dancers took barre in a very unusual location earlier this week: Toronto’s Union Station. Principal Heather Ogden led a group of company members through typical combinations to the delight of several surprised commuters. The event celebrated the Toronto Transit Commission’s We Move You ad campaign, which features photos and videos of NBoC members dancing inMore »

Performances Onstage This Month

Take Me to the Beach NEW YORK CITY Grab your sunscreen: Beach Sessions Dance Series puts performers on a stage right on the sand, presenting free site-responsive work and promoting creativity, public engagement and cleanup efforts at Rockaway Beach. Live music will accompany an excerpt of Laurie Berg’s The Mineralogy of Objects as well asMore »

What It Takes to Glow

Jurgita Dronina mixes old-world drama with new-world virtuosity. Jurgita Dronina is doing fouetté turns with her back to me. Facing the far wall, she builds momentum with the precise placement of each demi-rond-de-jambe. She apologized ahead of time, explaining with a self-deprecating smile: “I can’t spot in the mirror. I’m always telling my partners, ‘Don’t worry,More »

On the Rise: Hannah Fischer

As the Tall Woman in Balanchine’s “Rubies,” long-limbed Hannah Fischer injects a saucy mischievousness into the choreography’s almost jazzy angularity. As the Principal Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty’s prologue, she exudes a benign authority and expansively serene grace. Whether in abstract or dramatic ballets, the National Ballet of Canada second soloist demonstrates an energized versatilityMore »

Performances Onstage This Month

The Wheeldon Work We’ve Been Waiting For. Christopher Wheeldon keeps topping himself. With Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Cinderella, he showed he could tell stories on a grand scale. Then his An American in Paris conquered Broadway. And now Americans get to see The Winter’s Tale, which was called Wheeldon’s “greatest triumph” by The TimesMore »

Coming Soon

Ten of the most tantalizing dance performances this fall Wayne McGregor’s Tree of Codes Fresh off the heels of last spring’s Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor is plunging into another literary inspiration: Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes. Foer’s novel is itself a work of art. He took Polish author Bruno Schulz’s collection of short stories, The Street ofMore »

Working Out With Chelsy Meiss

Deadlifting 140 pounds gives her a noticeable edge in the studio.   Meiss builds explosive power by jumping on and off a 24-inch box. Photo by Sian Richards, Courtesy NBOC.   As a student, Chelsy Meiss was told that to become a professional ballet dancer, she should never lift weights. “ ‘No one likes an overlyMore »