Pinocchio Comes to Life

Pinocchio Comes to Life On March 11, a beloved wooden puppet will become a real boy when National Ballet of Canada premieres Will Tuckett’s Pinocchio. “Pinocchio inhabits a world of movement,” says Tuckett, an independent choreographer and guest principal character artist with The Royal Ballet. NBoC first soloist Skylar Campbell, who is originating the roleMore »

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Two Premieres for Alexei Ratmansky Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky will have world premieres on two coasts this winter. On February 10, Miami City Ballet will debut his new one-act version of The Fairy’s Kiss to Stravinsky’s celebrated score, a homage to Tchaikovsky. The following month, on March 15, at California’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts, AmericanMore »

Reverence: Greta Hodgkinson—Staying Power

You’re celebrating 25 years with the National Ballet of Canada. What makes it home? I wanted to join the National Ballet because it had one of the best repertoires in the world. We do all the staples of the classical canon and yet get to work with amazing creators like Jirˇí Kylián, William Forsythe, GlenMore »

Dream Role: A Love Beyond Reach

In August Bournonville’s 1836 ballet La Sylphide, every gesture has meaning. The National Ballet of Canada’s Jurgita Dronina talks about her first time portraying the Sylphide.  As told to Amy Brandt I had never danced the Sylphide, so I didn’t have a full idea of who I wanted to be. It was like writing aMore »

The National Ballet of Canada Premieres Le Petit Prince

National Ballet of Canada principal dancer and choreographic associate Guillaume Côté has created several one-act ballets for the company, including 2015’s Being and Nothingness. But today’s premiere of Le Petit Prince, adapted from the novella by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, marks his first attempt at evening-length storytelling. #StudioLife: A Prince and his Rose in rehearsalMore »

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Changing Directors at Paris Opéra Ballet The Paris Opéra Ballet is gearing up for another transition. This summer, Benjamin Millepied will hand over the reins of the company to former étoile Aurélie Dupont, who was hastily appointed artistic director in February in the wake of Millepied’s abrupt resignation. Her tenure as director starts on AugustMore »

What’s Really Going on When You Learn a New Ballet?

Have you ever wondered what’s going on in your brain when you’re learning a new ballet? A new study from York University, published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, used ballet dancers to shed new light on the learning process and its long-term effects. To understand the changes that happen in the brain whenMore »

National Ballet of Canada’s Hannah Fischer, Star of Wheeldon’s “The Winter’s Tale”

  Ballet lovers, Shakespeare lovers and Christopher Wheeldon lovers, rejoice! The North American premiere of The Winter’s Tale is finally here. The National Ballet of Canada performs the acclaimed work now through November 22 in Toronto and in January in Washington, DC. For Pointe‘s bi-weekly newsletter, we caught up with second soloist Hannah Fischer as she learned the female leadMore »

Set Your Alarms: World Ballet Day LIVE Starts Tonight!

World Ballet Day LIVE, a glorious, 23-hour livestream that takes us inside five of the world’s leading ballet companies, technically begins October 1. But while our calendars in the Western Hemisphere currently say September 30, in Melbourne, Australia—home of The Australian Ballet—it’s already the first of the month. Since the Australian Ballet kicks off the simulcast, that means the live-feed starts tonight—10:00 pm EST, to be exact.