by Paula Citron
Can anyone remember when a top international class ballet company last toured to Toronto? That is why the annual “Stars of the 21st Century International Ballet Gala” has become so important to this city for its brief glimpse of ballet glory in one glittering evening.
This sixth gala was the best yet. Producer Solomon Tencer and artistic director Nadia Veselova-Tencer shied away from Russian “tutu and tricks” war-horses to present an interesting array of contemporary ballet. The cheers started early and came often.
There is always one new couple that knocks me out – in this case, Beatrice Knop and Ronald Savkovic of Berlin State Opera Ballet. She is a gorgeous, red-headed siren, while he is a charismatic dancer and a choreographer of note. I also liked the forceful attack of the Royal Ballet’s Ivan Putrov.
Other stars represented the National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
From the Toronto Centre for the Arts, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.