Swan Lake by the National Ballet of Canada: At the NAC Jan. 30 -Feb.1, 2014

Reviewed by Capital Critics Circle

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Swan Lake

January 30 – February 1, 2014

NAC Southam Hall | Running time is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes with intermission.

Sonia Rodriguez and Aleksandar Atonijevic with Artists of the Ballet in Swan Lake

Photo: Bruce Zinger

James Kudelka Choreography  with the NAC Orchestra

A classical ballet masterpiece brought to life by ingenious choreographer James Kudelka. His provocative, passionate ideas and dynamic choreographic palette heighten the ballet’s mingling of sensuality and lyricism and add dark psychological complexity – renewing Swan Lake for contemporary audiences. As ethereal, graceful swans fill both the stage and our imaginations, Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Santo Loquasto’s dramatic sets and costumes evoke a world of enduring emotional power and astonishing, singular beauty. Swan Lake will thrill you even as it sets your heart soaring.

The performances of The National Ballet of Canada at the National Arts Centre are made possible with support from Jerry and Joan Lozinski.

“To say I’m stunned is an understatement … [James] Kudelka has produced a work of endless fascination.”Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail

“[James] Kudelka’s dark Swan Lake soars. And, frankly, [it] has never looked better. It is a Swan Lake to remember.”John Coulbourn, canoe.com


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