What’s on in classical and dance

I’m heading off on vacation this week, trading cold and ice for some sun, surf, and sand. The Red Chair will be empty while I’m away, and I’ll be missing a busy week. Here are a few notable performances happening over the next 7 days or so:

Thursday, Jan. 19: The National Ballet of Canada brings its sublime Onegin to the NAC. The ballet runs to Jan. 21. Watch for the exalted pairing of Greta Hodgkinson and Piotr Stanczyk on the 20th, and the rock-star magnetism of Evan McKie in the title role on the 21st.


The National Ballet of Canada’s Greta Hodgkinson and Guillaume Côté in Onegin (Photo: Aleksandar Antonijevic)


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Dance review: La Sylphide ticks all the romantic boxes

La Sylphide | At Southam Hall | Reviewed Thursday night | Performances Friday and Saturday with different casts | La Sylphide is as much a historical artifact as it is a living ballet. The cult of the ballerina can be traced to its premiere, as can the use of pointe shoes as the means to an ethereal feminine ideal. And if Taglioni’s original 1832 version is lost, August Bournonville’s setting from four years later continues to inspire dancers and choreographers with its iconic imagery. Read more at Ottawa Citizen Arts…