What we’re talking about this month.
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