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The Nutcracker

    The National Ballet's sumptuous, comical, touching and spellbinding version of E.T.A. Hoffmann's Christmas tale was created in 1995 and has been enthralling audiences especially children ever since.
  It is a refreshingly traditional version of the story, replete with the details of childhood dreams and the appeal of fantasy, a ballet gloriously designed and costumed and brimming with affection for and insight into the passage from childhood to maturity that all children make.
  Re-setting the story to Imperial Russia, with its simple folk customs and its overwhelming opulence, choreographer James Kudelka allows full rein to both his instincts for everyday beauty and dazzling spectacle, for natural wonder and dreamlike astonishment, all conveyed in an array of breathtaking choreography.
  The entire production is a glittering, enchanting gem of a ballet, a work that is at once deeply familiar and forever new.

Dec. 14 - Jan. 4     Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W.   |   Tickets: $25 - $184    Phone:  416 345 9595   To order online please
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Janak Khendry Dance Company

   Janak Khendry Dance Company (JKDC), after three years of extensive research, proudly unveils the world premiere of Paradise Lost, transforming the mysteries of this great literary work by John Milton (1608-1674) into the first-ever full-length dance production.
  A monumental artistic undertaking, Paradise Lost is performed by a stunning ensemble of seventeen dancers who perform both Western contemporary and classical Indian styles.
  Says Khendry, "In this two-hour presentation, we intend to illustrate the struggle between God and Satan, between good and evil, the angels and Satan's army, to represent the story of original sin - the story of Adam and Eve - and the role of human beings as pawns in this great saga between Satan and God. Such scenarios are echoed in Indian scriptures including the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. Juxtapositions of good and evil, and naivety and craftiness, as well as the act of falling from grace, are themes common both to Hinduism and Christianity. In short, audiences will witness a universal 'morality play' in our rendering of Paradise Lost."
  Original music is being created by three prominent composers: Canadian contemporary composer Eric Cadesky (Glass Orchestra) and renowned classical Indian composers Ashit Desai and Alap Desai from Bombay, India.
  Drawing from a pool of distinguished Canadian dancers to play the characters of Paradise Lost, Indian classical and western modern dance styles will be blended to create a new dance vocabulary to present this great masterwork.

Dec. 6 - Dec. 8   Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W. (Queens Quay Terminal, third floor at the South end of the building)   |   Tickets: $25 - $40   Phone: 416-973-4000  or order online by
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Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre - WinterSong, Dances For A Sacred Season

   Now a 26-year tradition, WinterSong returns to warm the hearts of family audiences with its breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance. Come celebrate the holidays with some of Canada's most exciting choreographers, dancers and musicians inspired by the world's rich solstice traditions.
  Includes favourites by Santee Smith, Carol Anderson, Colin Connor, Kim Frank and Deborah Lundmark. Highlights include the return of the company's 2012 hit, Sknaht, by Dora Award-winning street dance artist, Ofilio Portillo, and a gospel-inspired world premiere by New York's acclaimed Kevin Wynn.

Dec. 13 @ 8:00 PM   Dec. 14 @ 2:00 PM    Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W.  (3rd floor of the Queens Quay Terminal building, South end)   |   Tickets: $23 - $38   Phone: 416-973-4000  or order online by
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Dance Ontario

   Unparalleled, unbelievable and totally unique. From ballet, b-boying and Bharatanatyam through jazz, flamenco, contemporary, Middle Eastern and Indian and African styles, as well as performances from the heart-stopping to the foot stomping! Plus world premieres from two gifted choreographers.

Jan.  17 - Jan. 19, 2014    Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W.  (3rd floor of the Queens Quay Terminal building, South end)   |   Admission: $10 donation

Dance Immersion

   Celebrating Our Men in Dance brings some of Canada's finest male choreographers to the forefront in a showcase that highlights the many ideas and expressions by dance artists of African descent. This Black History Month presentation features an inter-generational cast from across the country that will share dance works displaying the many perspectives from our men in dance.
  Nine diverse choreographers will grace the stage with works that include traditional and contemporary African, breakdancing, contemporary, dancehall and more. Audiences will embark on a journey full of expressions that will take you to the edge of your seat as you connect to the movement being presented.

Feb. 6 - Feb. 8    Enwave Theatre,  231 Queens Quay W.   |   Tickets: $20 - $30   Phone: 416 973-4000      Order online by
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