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on point Three things to know about the Na­tional Bal­let of Canada’s new pro­duc­tion of the beloved chil­dren’s clas­sic The Lit­tle Prince, straight from the chore­og­ra­pher him­self, Guil­laume Côté.

1. Dance is the per­fect medium to in­ter­pret An­toine de Saint-Ex­upéry’s dev­as­tat­ingly sim­ple yet com­plex clas­sic novella. “It’s such a beau­ti­ful art form be­cause it’s be­yond words, it’s be­yond what you can say. It’s so real and true, and to me that’s how this Lit­tle Prince in­ter­acts with the world. If this pro­duc­tion is suc­cess­ful, I be­lieve it could be as beau­ti­fully touch­ing as the book is.” 2. The Lit­tle Prince is ac­tu­ally played by a grown man. “It’s a two-hour pro­duc­tion that’s phys­i­cally very, very tough, so the Lit­tle Prince had to be a pro­fes­sional dancer. Dy­lan Tedaldi, who plays him, is an in­cred­i­ble soloist at the com­pany, but in a sense he has been held back a bit be­cause he’s short. But he’s won­der­ful for the Lit­tle Prince be­cause he looks so light and lit­tle.” 3. The pro­duc­tion is de­signed to point you back to

de Saint-Ex­upéry’s prose. “I’d love for peo­ple to walk away hav­ing to read the book again. The phi­los­o­phy in there is just so re­lat­able to ev­ery­day life. There will al­ways be some­thing new and shiny, and there will al­ways be more stars to visit or more things to ac­quire, but de Saint-Ex­upéry gets to what should mat­ter to you most: the things you’ve put time and love into.” From June 4–12 in Toronto (na­tional.bal­let.ca) n

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