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Emerging Arts Critics Programme Expands in the 2018/19 Season: The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Canadian Opera Company

August 21, 2018

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada today announced the Emerging Arts Critics (EAC) programme will expand in the 2018/19 season to include the Canadian Opera Company (COC) joining as collaborators with The National Ballet of Canada and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO).

Originally launched by the National Ballet in 2014 as Emerging Dance Critics, the successful programme to foster a new generation of arts critics and writers will continue its long-standing partnership with Canadian dance magazine The Dance Current. The WholeNote once again returns as the media partner for reviews of TSO orchestral concerts with Opera Canada joining to publish opera reviews of the COC.

The EAC programme provides a forum for aspiring arts writers and assists them in developing the tools required to authoritatively write about and review ballet, classical music and opera. Applications from aspiring arts reviewers between the ages of 19 to 29 are now being accepted. Applicants should send an email to media@national.ballet.ca explaining why they would like to take part in the programme, along with a writing sample. Deadline is September 14, 2018. The EAC programme is committed to inclusiveness and encourages applicants from all backgrounds and abilities to submit.

Retired arts critic John Coulbourn, longtime music journalist and broadcaster Robert Harris and Opera Canada Editorial Director Gianmarco Segato will mentor this season’s participants. 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.

Selected participants will attend National Ballet, TSO and COC performances over the 2018/19 season from September 2018 – March 2019. Participants will work with EAC programme mentors and have their reviews published on The Dance Current, The WholeNote and Opera Canada’s websites. In addition, participants will also attend critical writing and journalistic research skills workshops hosted by the National Ballet, TSO and COC as part of the programme.

Last year, a group of eight emerging arts writers were selected through an open call resulting in 16 reviews of the National Ballet and TSO’s 2017/18 season.

2018/19 performance schedule:

Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Eugene Onegin, September 30 – November 3, 2018
Hadrian, October 13 – 27, 2018

The National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Anna Karenina, November 10 – 18, 2018
The Dream & Being and Nothingness, November 21 – 25, 2018

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Roy Thomson Hall
Sibelius Symphony 2, January 10 – 13, 2019

Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Elektra, January 26 – February 22, 2019
Cosi Fan Tutte, February 5 – 23, 2019

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Roy Thomson Hall
Brahms & Dvořák, February 6 – 9, 2019
Barbara Hannigan Sings & Conducts, February 13 – 14, 2019
Alisa Weilerstein,  February 20 – 21, 2019

The National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Apollo & Night & The Sea Above, The Sky Below & Paquita, March 1 – 3 and 20 – 21, 2019
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, March 7 – 17, 2019

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 magazine specializing in classical, new, early and world music, jazz, opera and musical theatre, in Toronto and beyond. Dedicated to the promotion of live music in a multiplicity of venues, The WholeNote contains extensive listings, reviews, columns and feature stories, published in print across southern Ontario as well as online.

Opera Canada offers a comprehensive review of opera in Canada through high quality professional arts journalism via quarterly magazines an online website. Opera Canada covers in-depth interviews with opera creators, artists and decision-makers, as well as features and reviews about productions from across the nation and internationally.

More information about the Emerging Arts Critics Programme >


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BMO presents Anna Karenina.

Lead philanthropic support for Anna Karenina is generously provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey, Margaret Anne Fountain, C.M. and David Glenn Fountain, C.M. and Tim & Frances Price, with additional support from The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada, The Producers’ Circle and Warren Sorensen in memory of Gregory Williams.

The Producer’s 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, 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., Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.

Being and Nothingness & The Dream presented by Deloitte.

Lead philanthropic support for Being and Nothingness is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

Apollo is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

The Sea Above, The Sky Below costume design by Erdem Moralioglu is generously supported by Suzanne Rogers.

Lead philanthropic support for Night is generously provided by The Producers’ Circle.

Lead philanthropic support for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet with additional support generously provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey, Robert & Judith Lawrie and Wallace & Margaret McCain, C.C.

Siphesihle November is sponsored through Dancers First by Jerry & Joan Lozinski.

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 Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Sylvia Jones, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Contact Information

media@national.ballet.ca