At Long Last

"Serenade", "Angels' Atlas"
The National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Toronto, Canada
November 11, 2021

by Denise Sum
copyright © 2021 by Denise Sum

Serenade

Having endured one of the longest lockdowns in the world, the pent up desire for connection and live performance in Toronto has been palpable. The National Ballet of Canada’s triumphant return to the stage after 20 months was cause for joyous celebration, an opening night like no other. The evening consisted of two great ensemble pieces: George Balanchine’s “Serenade” and Crystal Pite’s “Angels’ Atlas”. In lieu of an intermission, a 10 minute video interlude allowed the dancers just enough time for a quick change. The video was filmed during the pandemic for the NBoC’s virtual 2020-2021 season, featuring “Soul” by Toronto-based indigenous choreographer, Jera Wolfe. 

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