“A monumental achievement… Neumeier’s The Seagull is intricate, dense and compelling.” The Globe and Mail, 2008
The National Ballet of Canada injects raw physicality and dramatic intensity into John Neumeier’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s tragic play, The Seagull. The Russian writer’s masterful work lends itself to the language of dance as Neumeier’s choreography centres on illuminating pure emotion, while unveiling richly developed characters. The strikingly beautiful narrative ballet depicts complex interlinking love relationships peppered with reflections on the past, lost chances and squandered possibilities. Employing a richly evocative score by such disparate composers as Shostakovich, Evelyn Glennie, Tchaikovsky and Scriabin, this is contemporary ballet at its best.
FEET AND MIRRORS: Backstage photographs by Aleksandar Antonijevic
NAC Southam Hall lobby
My visual language and understanding of my subject –the human body– has been formed over my 25-year career as a professional dancer. Having been observed, criticized, appreciated, judged, and celebrated, I find myself grappling with a sense of isolation and solitude, in striking contrast to the very public life I live. This is what I explore in my photography.
– Aleksandar Antonijevic