by Paula Citron
The National Ballet of Canada’s final mixed program of the season is a judicious selection of contemporary ballet.
The new work is Matjash Mrozewski’s intriguing “Wolf’s Court” performed to a lush original score by Alexina Louis. His theme is the consequences of empire. There is no narrative per se, but strongly drawn characters lead to interpretations of warriors and victims.
Christopher Wheeldon’s clever “Polyphonia” extends Balanchine’s neoclassicism to include more flexes, angles and just plain weird partnering than the master could have imagined.
James Kudelka’s “The Four Seasons” has been enthusiastically reviewed many times before. The depiction of a man’s cycle of life as seen through the metaphor of Vivaldi’s famous concerto is a ballet classic.
There is a sour note to inject into the evening. Concert master Fujiko Imajishi is the violin soloist in “The Four Season” and at times her playing borders on the painfully inept.
The National Ballet’s mixed program continues until Saturday.
From the Four Seasons Centre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.