The National Ballet of Canada Wows Russian Audiences
November 5, 2018
Earlier this month, The National Ballet of Canada toured to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, for the first time in the company’s history. Russian audiences embraced and applauded the company, performing at Diana Vishneva’s Context festival of contemporary dance to sold-out houses. The National Ballet performed two Canadian works, Crystal Pite’s Emergence and Guillaume Côté’s Being and Nothingness along with American Justin Peck’s Paz de la Jolla to enthusiastic response.
“National Ballet of Canada dazzles audiences”
– CBC News Moscow Bureau
“The artists dance with such ecstasy, precision and skill.”
– Kommersant, Moscow
“The National Ballet of Canada has few equals.”
– Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Moscow
The company performed at The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre in Moscow and went on to St. Petersburg to perform at The Mariinsky II, the sister theatre to Toronto’s own Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
David Briskin, The National Ballet’s Music Director and Principal Conductor conducted The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre Orchestra in Moscow and The Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg on tour.
The dancers are now back in the studio in Toronto rehearsing for the North American premiere of Anna Karenina.