Chasing Shadows, the short film featured above, is arguably what happens when you put Svetlana Lunkina, principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, and Anastasia Adani, creative director of A Plus Creative studio in Toronto, in the same room together. Plus a handful of the industry’s finest, of course. Wanting to cast the former Bolshoi Ballet principal in a different light, Ms. Adani sought the counsel of her artist-father, Alexander Perebatov and surrealism became the order of the day. Drop the tulle; bring on the PVC.

Svetlana Lunkina performed recently in Guillaume Côté’s new ballet based on Sartre’s text, “Being and Nothingness,” in a stirring role—the living room carpet doesn’t quite look the same. This year marks Ms. Lunkina’s first full season as a principal with the National Ballet, and having performed in ballets as diverse as Wayne McGregor’s “Chroma,” Alexei Ratmansky’s “Shostakovich Trilogy” and Christopher Wheeldon’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” she makes a plaything of expectations; she is the ballerina redefined.

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