"The Sleeping Beauty"
The National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
June 10, 2015
by Denise Sum
copyright © 2015 by Denise Sum
Rudolf Nureyev's production of "The Sleeping Beauty" has been a cornerstone of the National Ballet of Canada's repetoire since 1972. Then, and now, this lavish and epic production calls on the entire company to realize their potential and put their best foot forward. "The Sleeping Beauty" provides an abundance of opportunities for dancers of all ranks to test themselves in an enduring classic. However, this season's opening night performance was marred by unfortunate circumstances as a whopping 18 dancers were sidelined with injuries. While "The Sleeping Beauty" typically relies on a full complement of dancers, the show must go on, and miraculously it did. There were countless last minute casting changes and those who stepped on stage managed to carry a solid performance.
Greta Hodgkinson in "The Sleeping Beauty". Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.