I do love ballet now, of course, although I don’t have the opportunity to go to performances very often. Yesterday a library colleague offered me a ticket to the National Ballet of Canada’s performance of The Sleeping Beauty with real-life wife and husband Heather Ogden as Princess Aurora (above) and Guillaume Côté as Prince Florimund, which was so generous and kind (thank you, Elena!), and so exciting after watching this video on the Toronto Standard last week. It was a glorious, lush, gorgeous performance, and tears sprang to my eyes multiple times. I hope I can go back soon. For now I will admire these pastel daydream (so blissfully blood and turmoil and sweat-free!) photos of some of the company’s dancers, from principal dancers to the corps.
Incidentally, I have giant bag of broken pointe shoes from the National Ballet in my basement. It’s a long story, and I am only temporarily storing them for a friend, but I wonder how many of these dancers used them.
Andrea Olteanu, photographed by Sian Richards
Heather Ogden, photographed by Aleksandar Antonijevic
Shino Mori, photographed by Sian Richards
(Shino played the White Pussycat in last night’s performance—so good!)
Sonia Rodriguez, photographed by Aleksandar Antonijevic
Ryan Booth, photographed by Sian Richards
Patrick Lavoie, photographed by Sian Richards
Jillian Vanstone, photographed by Aleksandar Antonijevic
Kathryn Hosier, photographed by Sian Richards
Krista Downson, photographed by Sian Richards