The first iteration of Canada's All Star Gala was presented in February of this year, showcasing work from the classical canon danced by gifted artists from around the world. Helmed by ballerina Svetlana Lunkina, it was a balletic treat, a confection of classicism, featuring gems rarely if ever performed in North America. A modern programme was promised, and ambitious as it seemed to present not one but two of these spectaculars within a year, the second All Star Gala took place on Saturday night at the Sony Centre.
Svetlana Lunkina and Evan McKie in White Swan pas de deux from David Dawson's “Swan Lake.” Photograph by Karolina Kuras
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading