One note: As much as I admire Bridgett Zehr's excellent dancing, her thinness detracts from the performance for me. I know ballerinas generally don't have an ounce of fat on them, but she looks alarmingly skinny. I find it distracting and I honestly worry about her health. I know for some people it's just natural, and I hope that's the case with Bridgett, but I think she'd look so much better on stage if she gained a bit of weight.
I too was going to comment on the 100% fat free Bridgett Zehr but was afraid because this is still a very, very sensitive subject in the ballet world. Hence, I do not want to go too far in regards to the skinny on Zehr other than to mention she is or was a smoker and is very muscular. All ballerinas are slim; the danger is when you are far too slim. After seeing Zehr in the mixed program, I wanted to buy her a hamburger. This may be her performance weight.
Once again, though the company’s selection of repertoire can hardly be faulted, the programs and over-casting of the company’s dancers is worrisome. Whether due to financial realities or the perceived likes of the Toronto audience, NBoC seems reluctant to stray from the literal three 30-40 minute principal & corps ballets conception of the triple bill.
In regards to over casting, this has been going on for the past decade. Even the corps will regularly dance multiple roles in a full-length classical ballet. In regards to the over-casting in the mixed fare, we don’t know for sure if this is a strain for the dancers involved. I suspect it may have more to do with budget and time constraints. It’s easier to run with one principal like Zehr because you know what you’re going to get on stage.