Canada All Star Ballet Gala


Mind-blowing show! Only in Toronto!
Exquisite. Educational. Enlightening. Transforming.
The Most Prestigious Ballet Gala in the world!


April, 2018



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North American Ballet Style


Serge Lifar and Alexandra Danilova in Apollo, choreographed by George Balanchine, 1929.George Balanchine rehearses his Slaughter on Tenth Avenue with Suzanne Farrell, 1968Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov in Apollo choreographed by George Balanchine, 1986.Shotokovich, Piano Concerto #1, Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, The National Ballet of Canada

Balanchine created about a hundred ballets during his long career, from which extracting a single style would be an impossible task.  Balanchine’s choreographic principles and stylistic preferences, however, can be traced more consistently from his earliest neoclassical ballets, particularly from Apollo, choreographed in 1928, to the original score by Igor Stravinsky. First and foremost, Balanchine’s neoclassical interest in the unlimited expressiveness of bodies was paired with the modernist preference for minimalism and abstraction in plots, sets, costumes, and lighting. Another important aspect of the Balanchine style contained in his attitude towards music: his dancers do not move with music, they are the music, which they visualize by movements.

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