Emerging Arts Critics Programme Expands in the 2018/19 Season

August 21, 2018

From The National Ballet of Canada:

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada today announced the Emerging Arts Critics (EAC) programme will expand in the 2018/19 season to include the Canadian Opera Company (COC) joining as collaborators with The National Ballet of Canada and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO).

Originally launched by the National Ballet in 2014 as Emerging Dance Critics, the successful programme to foster a new generation of arts critics and writers will continue its long-standing partnership with Canadian dance magazine The Dance Current. The WholeNote once again returns as the media partner for reviews of TSO orchestral concerts with Opera Canada joining to publish opera reviews of the COC.

The EAC programme provides a forum for aspiring arts writers and assists them in developing the tools required to authoritatively write about and review ballet, classical music and opera. Applications from aspiring arts reviewers between the ages of 19 to 29 are now being accepted. Applicants should send an email to media@national.ballet.ca explaining why they would like to take part in the programme, along with a writing sample. Deadline is September 14, 2018.

Retired arts critic John Coulbourn, longtime music journalist and broadcaster Robert Harris and Opera Canada Editorial Director Gianmarco Segato will mentor this season’s participants. The Dance Current Editor Emma Doran, The WholeNote Publisher and Editor in Chief David Perlman and Digital Media Editor Sara Constant and Mr. Segato will coach the writers in a one-on-one editorial process through to online publication.

Selected participants will attend National Ballet, TSO and COC performances over the 2018/19 season from September 2018 – March 2019. Participants will work with EAC programme mentors and have their reviews published on The Dance Current, The WholeNote and Opera Canada’s websites. In addition, participants will also attend critical writing and journalistic research skills workshops hosted by the National Ballet, TSO and COC as part of the programme.

Last year, a group of eight emerging arts writers were selected through an open call resulting in 16 reviews of the National Ballet and TSO’s 2017/18 season.

2018/19 performance schedule:

Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

The National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Roy Thomson Hall

Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Roy Thomson Hall

The National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

The Dance Current is Canada’s dance magazine – in print and online – covering the performances, people and perspectives in Canadian dance. The Dance Current cultivates dance literacy, fosters discourse and provides the broadest possible public with access points into dance art and culture.

The WholeNote is a magazine specializing in classical, new, early and world music, jazz, opera and musical theatre, in Toronto and beyond. Dedicated to the promotion of live music in a multiplicity of venues, The WholeNote contains extensive listings, reviews, columns and feature stories, published in print across southern Ontario as well as online.

Opera Canada offers a comprehensive review of opera in Canada through high quality professional arts journalism via quarterly magazines an online website. Opera Canada covers in-depth interviews with opera creators, artists and decision-makers, as well as features and reviews about productions from across the nation and internationally.

More information about the Emerging Arts Critics Programme >

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