Upcoming Ballet Books

A New Year. A New Set of Books.

Just in time for The National Ballet of Canada’s current season, Lindsay Fischer returns to explore two ballets all about self-discovery and coming of age: Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and George Balanchine’s Apollo.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

2011 - Score by Joby Talbot

In short, Alice is not just a ballet of spectacle. Wheeldon’s choreographic vision holds up under close scrutiny, and one of the great delights in repeated viewings will be finding the riches waiting to be revealed.
— Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole as she meets a host of outlandish characters that teach her quite a few things about growing up.  Christopher Wheeldon’s internationally acclaimed production translates the magic, wit and character development of Lewis Carroll’s story into fluent dance. Combined with magnificent costumes, animated sets, eye-popping projections, illusions and puppetry, we are transported to the heights of imagination. 

Onstage March 7-17

Apollo

1928 - Score by Igor Stravinsky

Simply put, Apollo is on a short list of the greatest ballets ever.
— The National Post

At only 24 years old, George Balanchine’s first collaboration with Stravinsky became one of his earliest international successes. The ballet follows Apollo gradually discovering the power of the arts through interplay with the three Muses (Calliope, muse of poetry; Polyhymnia, muse of mime; and Terpsichore, muse of dance). Similar to young Balanchine becoming aware of his own creative power and strong talent for the arts, Apollo returns to Mount Olympus as the fully realized God of Music and the Arts.

Onstage March 1-3, 20-21