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Daily Dance

Lucinda Dunn Adam Bull Manon

Lavish Farewell, Lucinda Dunn in “Manon”

Manon Lescaut opens with two lines from Byron: “Why did he love her? Curious fool, be still! Is human love the fruit of human will?” This, too, is the ballet’s opening, and raison d’être.…Ruin lies ahead, of course, and that is largely, I suspect, why we love it.

Xiao Nan Yu McGee Maddox Onegin Photo Aleksandar Antonijevic

High Drama: “Onegin”

“Onegin,” John Cranko’s 1965 ballet-melodrama based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, opened at the National Ballet of Canada on Wednesday. The ballet is stretched over three acts, and has two gears, shifting from monotony to melodrama without warning.

Contemporary Dance

Russell Dumas Love is Blind

Love is Blind

Dance is music and music is dance and none more so than in “Love is Blind” by choreographer Russell Dumas. What we hear moulds what we see, and what we see moulds what we hear. As befits the black ink setting where faces are glimpsed and bodies are cloaked, this work teasingly and beautifully poses more questions than it seeks to answer, as it looks to renegotiate the terms of engagement of dance and music.

Svetlana Lunkina AllOneWord

Six Suites and a Guardian Angel

Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie performed James Kudelka’s “AllOneWord” at the Flato Markham Theatre on a Thursday evening in February. Mr. Kudelka has made six different dances to Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber’s Guardian Angel sonata in G minor.