Celia Franca: Tour de Force


Writer/Director: Veronica Tennant

Celia Franca: Tour de Force is a revealing portrait of the indomitable founding Artistic Director of the internationally respected National Ballet of Canada. A non-conformist in London’s ballet hierarchy, Franca swiftly gained recognition as a dramatic dancer, innovator and choreographer. Invited to Canada in 1950 to do a “feasibility study”, Celia Franca said, “I think you need me here!” The rest is history.


Prima Ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada for 25 years, VERONICA TENNANT won hearts and accolades for her dramatic talents dancing with such luminaries as Erik Bruhn, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Since 1989, she has garnered considerable acclaim as a gifted filmmaker, speaker, writer and producer/director, with her works winning several awards, including the prestigious International Emmy Award. Forming Veronica Tennant Productions in 1997, she has created an extensive list of highly praised programs onstage and for television. Lauded as a “great communicator” and the subject of CBC’s Life & Times of Veronica Tennant: Renaissance Woman, Tennant has also built an impressive reputation as a speaker, narrator, actor, broadcaster, as well as choreographer. Veronica Tennant’s honours include: Inductee, Canada’s Walk of Fame, Canada Council’s Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Brock, York, Simon Fraser, Toronto and McGill.


Veronica Tennant was invested as an Officer to the Order of Canada in 1975. In 2004, she was elevated to the rank of Companion of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour.


Celia Franca: Tour de Force

  • 2 DVD set includes exclusive archival material