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 Post subject: National Ballet of Canada - Nutcracker
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2001 7:39 am 
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Image <P>MARILYN SMULDERS - Halifax Daily News, 11.23.01:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Plum role</B><BR>Dartmouth teen lands lead in National Ballet's The Nutcracker<P>With a dream of becoming the next Karen Kain, Lauren Kempton is well on her way: it’s the second year she’s performed the part of Marie under the eye of the ballet’s artistic director James Kudelka. <P>His visually stunning ballet is set in a Russian winter wonderland, replete with an animal-filled barn, a frozen pond surrounded by silver birch trees and a giant gold-encrusted Faberge egg. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>[url=http://www.canada.com/halifax/aroundtown/story.asp?id={0201920F-5E8E-4EEA-8C4D-F9EC834BFE8C}]<B>more...</B>[/url]<BR>


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2001 7:10 am 
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Ottawa Citizen, 11.23.01:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>The Nutcracker is a smash at the box office</B><P>The National Ballet of Canada's lavish production of The Nutcracker, to be presented at the National Arts Centre Nov. 30 to Dec. 8, has been a smash at the box office, selling more than 17,000 tickets. That adds up to more than $1 million in sales, according to the NAC.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>[url=http://www.canada.com/ottawa/aroundtown/story.asp?id={D039E2D5-F408-492E-8801-8DCB7634F977}]<B>more...</B>[/url]<P>


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Andrea Nemetz - Halifax Herald, 11.30.01:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Dartmouth dancer Kempton plays lead in National Ballet's Nutcracker</B><P>Thirteen-year-old Lauren Kempton grew two inches over the summer. <P>Which doesn't seem like a big deal, unless you're hoping to dance the lead in the National Ballet of Canada's production of The Nutcracker.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><B>more...</B><P>


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Image <BR><font size=1>Guillaume Côté<BR>Photo: Cylla Von Tiedemann</font><P>Paula Citron - Globe & Mail, 12.15.01:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>A Prince of a man</B><P>The Nutcracker and Guillaume Côté go back a long way. When the young dancer was newly arrived at the Toronto-based National Ballet School at age 10, he was small enough to perform the mice in Celia Franca's old version of the beloved holiday classic.<P>When James Kudelka unveiled his lavish new Nutcracker in 1995, Côté, by then a strapping 14-year-old, took on the taller cats and dogs in the battle scene. Now age 20 and a second soloist with the National Ballet of Canada, Côté is making his debut in the plum role of Peter -- the stable boy who becomes the Prince in the second act -- a part originally created by his hero, Rex Harrington.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>To read more search <B>Paula Citron</B> on the <A HREF="http://www.globeandmail.com" TARGET=_blank>Globe & Mail's</A> 7 Day Search<P>


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Janice Mawhinney - Toronto Star, 12.15.01:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Curse of the Claras</B><BR><I>There's a legend that whatever young girl stars in the National Ballet's Nutcracker never goes on to make it big in the company</I> <P><BR>For years, it's only been talked about in whispers in the corridors of the National Ballet School and the National Ballet of Canada.<P>And it's never ever mentioned in front of the latest child star.<P>The "Curse of the Claras" is a strange dance spectre that traditionally inspires hushed tones when the National Ballet performs its annual holiday favourite, The Nutcracker.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>To read more go to the Entertaiment Section of the <A HREF="http://www.thestar.com" TARGET=_blank>Toronto Star</A>.


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JOHN COULBOURN - TORONTO SUN, 12.17.01:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>A Nutcracker for the ages<BR>National Ballet of Canada production is pure magic</B><P>To know just how good the National Ballet of Canada's Nutcracker is, all you've got to do is listen to the children. Not before the show, not during intermission, nor even in the post show exodus -- although chances are, the comments you'd overhear would be pretty positive on those occasions, too. <BR><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><B>more...</B>


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Michael Crabb - National Post, 12.18.01:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>A Nutcracker surpassing kitsch</B><P>Many years ago, Richard Buckle, the celebrated British dance critic and historian, once told his readers, "Well, we are one more Nutcracker nearer death."<P>Kudelka's Nutcracker is dramatically focused and, more important, fully choreographed from start to finish. Kudelka is hardly parsimonious when it comes to creating steps and he has poured them generously into his Nutcracker. He has transformed what in most productions is a dreary Act I party scene, long on mime and short on dance, into a rich social tapestry full of action and enchantment. Even with repeated viewing, the sight of a bear on rollerblades and a life-like dancing cart horse remain irresistible.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><B>more...</B>


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Glenn Sumi - Now Magazine, 12.20.01:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>SUGAR PLUMS DUMBED <P>THE NUTCRACKER HAS A LOVELY SHELL, BUT THERE'S NOTHING INSIDE</B><P>i've seen frozen smiles before in beauty pageants, parades and political campaigns, but nothing compares to Rex Harrington's permagrin in the National Ballet's Nutcracker.In Act One, there he is as stable boy Peter, sweeping and smiling furiously amidst the revelling townsfolk. There he is again in Act Two, leaping about and flashing those pearlies as the title character, almost overshadowed by the too-lavish set.<P>The thing is, he's the only one smiling. The show itself isn't much fun.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><B>more...</B><P>


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JOHN COULBOURN, Toronto Sun, 12.21.01:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Sugar Plum Fairy has a double celebration</B><P>When it comes to Christmas memories, ballerina Heather Ogden, 20, probably has a few under construction this year. <P>Ogden made the leap from the corps of the National Ballet of Canada to the limelight last night, when she debuted as the Sugar Plum Fairy in James Kudelka's acclaimed staging of The Nutcracker. <P>On Monday, she celebrates her birthday, so not surprisingly, a lot of her Christmas memories have that double focus.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><B>more...</B><P>


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Can you believe it's almost nut time again already? Me neither! :roll:

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NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA BALLET NEWS - NOVEMBER 02

THE NUTCRACKER 2002

Nutcracker Numbers. Did you know?

Every performance of The Nutcracker includes 50 dancers from the National Ballet, 60 students from the National Ballet School, 60 musicians of The National Ballet Orchestra and 24 young singers.

There are 79 different roles for the adults in every performance and 95 for the children with over 200 costumes. To help the dancers get into and out of their costumes quickly there are 10 dressers backstage as well as several wardrobe staff. Between the first and second scene the characters of Marie and Misha have to change costumes in 90 seconds in order to make their entrance on time.

During the run the women in the company will go through 384 pairs of pointe shoes.

The tutu worn by the Sugar Plum Fairy uses 15 metres of tulle with more than 20 different fabrics and materials for decoration and took 200 hours of work to make at a cost of over $4,000.

Choreographer James Kudelka was himself one of the children in Celia Franca's Nutcracker and later, as a professional dancer with the National Ballet, he performed almost all the roles.

The Nutcracker took its original inspiration from E.T.A. Hoffmann's Nussknacker und Mausekonig (The Nutcracker and the King of the Mice) written in 1816. It has become the most popular dance event in the world and a cherished family tradition wherever it is performed.


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