You’re BOTH most welcome!
Such is the state of ballet news in the state of Toronto that Michael Crabb
has stooped to moonlighting historical news for the Toronto Star! M.C. usually pens for the National Post. Perhaps he crossed the street? In any case, it is quite fitting to read a story about the National Ballet of Toronto-Sorry Canada-in the Toronto Star. Anyone who reads CD will find the enclosed old, old news....
One way or another, taxpayers across the country make a substantial contribution to maintaining these organizations but, depending on where they live, have limited opportunities to see the full range of good work their money is doing. Even the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, once a useful surrogate purveyor of Canadian ballet to TV viewers across the land, has essentially left the field.
For National Ballet artistic director Karen Kain, who, as the company's prima ballerina performed in lengthy cross-country and foreign tours, it's a problem she's eager to resolve – certainly in time for the company's 60th anniversary in 2011. Without additional resources, which almost inevitably would have to be public funds, it's not going to be easy.
It is a shame the CBC or some other network apparently has no interest in broadcasting the National’s Nut, R&J, or perhaps Sleeping Beauty.