Emerging Arts Critics Programme Launches in 2017/18 Season

October 10, 2017

Collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada and Toronto Symphony Orchestra

The National Ballet of Canada and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) today unveiled a new collaboration, the Emerging Arts Critics (EAC) programme, fostering a new generation of dance and music critics and writers. Originally launched by the National Ballet in 2014 as Emerging Dance Critics, the newly expanded EAC programme will continue its long-standing partnership with Canadian dance magazine The Dance Current while welcoming a new partnership with Ontario music magazine The WholeNote.

The EAC programme will provide a forum for aspiring arts writers and assist them in developing the tools required to write about and review ballet and music authoritatively. Applications from aspiring arts reviewers between the ages of 19 to 29 are now being accepted. To apply, writers are asked to email a writing sample and state why they would like to take part in the programme. Deadline is October 27.

Retired arts critic John Coulbourn, David Perlman, Publisher and Editor In Chief of The WholeNote and Megan Andrews, PhD and Founding Editor of The Dance Current will mentor this season's EAC participants throughout the reviewing process. Ms. Andrews and and Sara Constant, WholeNote Digital and Social Media Editor, will coach the writers in a one-on-one editorial process through to online publication.

Selected participants will attend National Ballet and TSO performances over the organizations’ 2017/18 seasons from November 2017 to June 2018. Participants will work with EAC programme mentors and have their reviews published in dedicated columns on The Dance Current and The WholeNote’s websites. In addition, participants will also be invited to critical writing and journalistic research skills workshops hosted by both the National Ballet and TSO as part of the programme.

Last year, a group of eight emerging dance writers were selected through an open call and produced 16 reviews during the National Ballet’s 2016/17 season. Emerging arts writers successfully selected for the newly expanded programme in 2017/18 will review productions in both the National Ballet and TSO’s 2017/18 season.

Performance schedule:

The National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
• The Winter’s Tale, November 10-19, 2017
• Nijinsky, November 22 – 26, 2017
• Frame By Frame, June 1 – 10, 2018
• Paz de la Jolla & Dark Angels & Cacti, June 16 – 22, 2018

TSO, Roy Thomson Hall
• Handel’s Messiah, December 18 – 23, 2017
• Majestic Mozart, January 10 and 13, 2018
• Holst The Planets, January 25 – 27, 2018
• Dvořák & Beethoven, February 21 and 22, 2018

The Dance Current is Canada’s dance magazine – in print and online – covering the performances, people and perspectives in Canadian dance. The Dance Current cultivates dance literacy, fosters discourse and provides the broadest possible public with access points into dance art and culture.

The WholeNote is a print and online magazine dedicated to classical, new, early and world music, jazz, opera and musical theatre, featuring extensive concert listings, CD reviews and blogs.

More information about the Emerging Arts Critics Programme>


The Winter’s Tale presented by Coty Canada.

Lead philanthropic support for The Winter’s Tale is provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Producers’ Circle.

Lead philanthropic support for Nijinsky is provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

BMO presents Frame by Frame.

Philanthropic support for Frame by Frame is provided by Rosamond Ivey and The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Judith & Robert Lawrie, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry & Joan Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lynda & Jonas Prince, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C. and Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan.

Cacti & Dark Angels & Paz de la Jolla presented by Deloitte.

Lead philanthropic support for Paz de la Jolla is provided by The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

Lead philanthropic support for Cacti is made possible by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Producers’ Circle.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages; and the Government of Ontario through the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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