"The Four Temperaments", "Rubies", "Cacti"
The National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
March 9, 2016
by Denise Sum
copyright © 2016 by Denise Sum
The National Ballet of Canada's winter mixed program was an eclectic blend of non-narrative works ranging from austere to jazzy to satirical in style. The program opened with George Balanchine's stark and neoclassical "The Four Temperaments" and continued with his bold and dazzling "Rubies". The program closer and intended pièce de résistance was Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman's irreverent "Cacti", a new acquisition for the company, originally created for Nederlands Dans Theatre 2.
Xiao Nan Yu in "Rubies”. Photo © David Hou.