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National Ballet of Canada – 24 Preludes, Soldier's Mass, Rooster

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by Paula Citron.
24 Preludes choreographed by Marie Chouinard
Soldier’s Mass choreographed by Jiri Kylian
Rooster choreographed by Christopher Bruce
National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre until Mar. 16

The National Ballet’s winter mixed program is a risky trio of dances because there is not a point shoe in sight. The program includes the relentlessly contemporary 1999 punk gothic 24 Preludes by Montreal’s Marie Chouinard, Jiri Kylian’s sombre 1980 all-male Soldier’s Mass, and Christopher Bruce’s 1991 Rooster to music by the Rolling Stones.

Over-all, it is an evening of choreographic delights. The iconoclast Chouinard has deconstructed
Chopin’s quintessential romantic music to create quirky dances as she hears it. Kylian’s lush, swooping, passionate movement to Martinu’s Field Mass covers the stage with stirring images of death and loss. For his part, Bruce has recreated the Carnaby St. Swinging Sixties and that era’s battle of the sexes in flat-out dancing that flies off the stage.

This program is certainly living proof of the versatility of the National’s dancers, and is not to be missed.

24 Preludes, Soldier’s Mass and Rooster continue at the Four Seasons Centre until Mar. 16.

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