The National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Nov. 23, 2016
by Denise Sum
Copyright © by Denise Sum 2016
This season marks principal dancer Xiao Nan Yu's 20th year in the National Ballet of Canada. A compelling dance actress, Yu was cast as Tatiana opposite Rex Harrington's Onegin early on in her career, when she was just 22 years old, in 2000. She made a powerful impression then, and has continued to grow and mature in the work with each run. How fitting, then, for her to reprise her signature role during this milestone season. Despite the title, John Cranko's "Onegin" is very much centered around the inner world of its heroine, and this performance truly belonged to Yu.
Photo: Xiao Nan Yu in "Onegin". Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.