National Ballet of Canada – Eight Times Blog

Here we have another post from #WorldBalletDay, and the company this time is the National Ballet of Canada. She is one of the companies that, with the live broadcasts, we learned to like and know better.

We started with the class, led this time by Cristopher Stowell. This is one of the favorite parts of our bloggers Felipe and Juliana: he, because of the ideas for free classes and extra tips from the masters, she, to guide herself in what works for the dancers she admires and use in her daily life of class!

Legs high in the bar adage. Photo: Playback / Youtube

The bar is relatively simple in order to prepare the body for the center and later rehearsals. Nothing complex around here! Dancers start dressed in clothes and accessories that allow them to warm up their body temperature in order to avoid injuries. As they warm up, they take off their clothes to keep only knitwear and tights. We can also see that each one performs certain steps in his own way, without following a necessarily logical sequence (as in the plié, for example): they use this moment of class to stretch or work what suits their bodies, if they are recovering of injury or with any specific work they need for rehearsals.

After the bar, the center also brings simple exercises, with the objective of bringing the axis of the ballet. The funniest part of the center was the collective “AHW” with 2 times of promenade in the second position of the adage. We really felt represented by that moment! Hihi.

The famous promenade in two stages! Photo: Playback / Youtube

Some dancers in the center choose not to wear pointe shoes, as it is not a mandatory condition.

A curiosity: 13 of the company’s dancers are already moms, including the first dancers Greta Hodgkinson and Svetlana Lunkina.

And then, we started rehearsals! La Jolla Peace it’s the first. The ballet was created in 2013 by choreographer Justin Peck for the dancers of the New York City Ballet. The remarkable presence of Bohuslav Martinu’s music makes this ballet look delicious to the eyes and ears. Their movement is well outside of what we usually see in repertoire ballets.

The second work presented is Nijinsky. Created by John Neumeier, Nijinsky is a tribute to the memory of the dancer who changed the history of dance as we know it. Several different dancers play their part during the repertoire, featuring striking characters for whom Nijinsky was immortalized.

Finalizing the transmission, we have The Winter’s Tale, repertoire already adopted by the company for some time in its seasons (also incorporated by the Royal Ballet).

Check out the transmission that went to Youtube + our gallery below:

See more posts from World Ballet Day 2017:

Australian Ballet

Royal Ballet (part 1)

Royal Ballet (part 2)

Want to read our World Ballet Day specials? See below:

World Ballet Day 2016

World Ballet Day 2015

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