Chan Hon Goh
Chan Hon Goh, director of the The Goh Ballet Company and former prima ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada, talks about the production of The Nutcracker, ballet, and more, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
A holiday tradition in Vancouver is the annual production of The Nutcracker put on by the Goh Ballet. This year it’s on at The Centre for the Performing Arts, Thursday, 15 December to Sunday, 18 December 2011, with evening performances at 7.30pm, and on the Saturday and Sunday a matinee at 2.00pm. Joining me now to preview the production is Chan Hon Goh, the executive producer of the show, and a former prima ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada. The website for tickets and more information on the show is at www.gohnutcracker.com. Whether you’re a dance aficionado or it’ll be a first time for someone like me, they say there’s something for everyone in this production. I’ve heard from people who’ve seen this show previously, there are elaborate sets and lavish costumes. Live music will be performed by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, as well the show features principal dancers from the American Ballet Theatre. Chan Hon Goh retired from the National Ballet of Canada in 2009 after 20 years with the company. She was born in Beijing, but emigrated with her family at a young age. Her parents, both dancers, founded the Goh Ballet Academy here in Vancouver. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Chan Hon Goh; Good morning, Ms. Goh.