Emerging Arts Critics (EAC) programme is as a forum to foster the next generation of arts critics and writers and to assist them in developing the tools required to authoritatively write about and review ballet, classical music and opera. Originally launched by the National Ballet in 2014 as Emerging Dance Critics, in partnership with Canada's dance magazine The Dance Current, the programme has since expanded to Emerging Arts Critics to include music and opera.
A collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and the Canadian Opera Company (COC), the programme will feature eight participants selected through an open call. Writers will each attend and review one performance by each organization in the 2018/19 season and have their reviews published on The Dance Current, The WholeNote and Opera Canada's websites.
Participants will have the invaluable opportunity to receive one-on-one editorial mentorship from retired arts critic John Coulbourn, longtime music journalist and broadcaster Robert Harris and Opera Canada Editorial Director Gianmarco Segato. The Dance Current Executive Editor Emma Doran, The WholeNote Publisher and Editor in Chief David Perlman and Digital Media Editor Sara Constant and Mr. Segato will coach the writers in a one-on-one editorial process through to online publication.
In addition, participants will also be invited to attend critical writing and journalistic research skills workshops hosted by the National Ballet, TSO and COC as part of the programme.
In September, applications from aspiring arts reviewers between the ages of 19 to 29 were accepted and are now being reviewed. We thank all those who have applied for the 2018/19 season.
2018/19 Season Programme Dates:
Session 1: Canadian Opera Company
Performance 1: Eugene Onegin September 30, 2018
Performance 2: Hadrian October 17, 2018
Session 2: The National Ballet of Canada
Performance 1: Anna Karenina November 10, 2018
Performance 2: The Dream & Being and Nothingness November 21, 2018
Session 3: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Performance 1: Sibelius Symphony 2 January 10, 2019
Session 4: Canadian Opera Company
Performance 3: Elektra January 26, 2019
Performance 4: Cosi Fan Tutte February 5, 2019
Session 5: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Performance 2: Brahms & Dvořák February 6, 2019
Performance 3: Barbara Hannigan Sings & Conducts February 13, 2019
Performance 4: Alisa Weilerstein February 20, 2019
Session 6: The National Ballet of Canada
Performance 3: Winter Mixed Programme March 1, 2019
Performance 4: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland March 7, 2019
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