Review: ‘MADDADDAM’ is an undeniably thrilling experience

MaddAddam

Choreographed by Wayne McGregor for the National Ballet of Canada. Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s “MaddAddam Trilogy.” At the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., until Nov. 30. national.ballet.ca, 416-345-9595 or 1-866-345-9595

How do you solve a problem like MaddAddam?

If you’re British star choreographer Wayne McGregor you begin by acknowledging the futility of a literal page-to-stage transfer of Canadian icon Margaret Atwood’s dystopian, postapocalyptic speculative fiction trilogy of the same name. Instead, you go for broke with an impressionistic, emotionally charged theatrical response to the books’ overarching themes and muster a small army of your favourite artistic collaborators to aid the project.

The result is a sensory feast of sights and sounds so overwhelming that at times you find your head spinning, yet that nevertheless offers an undeniably thrilling experience.

No wonder,…

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