Two photographs by Bruce Zinger from the “Opera Atelier Takes Canada to the World” campaign show Artists of Atelier Ballet and OA dancer Tyler Gledhill as their “Canadian Icon in Red”.
Between the glimpses of Chicago or Versailles which is the more incongruous?
Exhibit A (above) is from Opera Atelier’s recent visit to Chicago.
Exhibit B (below) is from Opera Atelier’s current visit to Versailles, where they are about to open.
The Atelier Ballet seem quite at home in either setting. It’s more that fellow in red that I’m wondering about.
As you’re no doubt surmised, Tyler Gledhill doesn’t dance in this outfit when he’s onstage as part of an Opera Atelier production. More typically he looks like this (exhibit C below). Of course the Mountie outfit is meant as symbolism (proud Canadians etc), to which he is no stranger. Symbolism? look no further than exhibit C.
I can’t decide. Which is more incongruous: the Mountie in Chicago or Versailles? I wonder too whether one can move easily in those boots. I don’t picture Tyler dancing in that outfit: although never say never.
But by now seeing the winged figure onstage seems like the most perfectly natural thing in the world.