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Life of a Dancer: Grace
Swan Lake opens Saturday

Life of a Dancer: Grace

Swan Lake opens Saturday

Studio Life: Xiao Nan Yu in rehearsal for Swan Lake.
Swan Lake opens Saturday

Studio Life: Xiao Nan Yu in rehearsal for Swan Lake.

Swan Lake opens Saturday

Svetlana Lunkina was born in Moscow and trained at the Moscow Choreographic Academy. Upon her graduation in 1997, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet. During her first year at the Bolshoi, at the age of 18, Ms. Lunkina danced the title role in Giselle, becoming the youngest Giselle in the history of the Bolshoi Theater. In 2005, Ms. Lunkina was promoted to Principal Dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet and in 2013, joined The National Ballet of Canada as a Principal Guest Artist. 
Svetlana will be dancing the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake March 8, 13 and 16 with Principal Guest Artist Evan McKie as Siegfried.

Svetlana Lunkina was born in Moscow and trained at the Moscow Choreographic Academy. Upon her graduation in 1997, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet. During her first year at the Bolshoi, at the age of 18, Ms. Lunkina danced the title role in Giselle, becoming the youngest Giselle in the history of the Bolshoi Theater. In 2005, Ms. Lunkina was promoted to Principal Dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet and in 2013, joined The National Ballet of Canada as a Principal Guest Artist. 

Svetlana will be dancing the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake March 8, 13 and 16 with Principal Guest Artist Evan McKie as Siegfried.

Did you know?

“My choreography draws on a wide range of movement sources from classical ballet and contemporary dance to movements that surface during the creative process. I am interested in bodies that move with clean efficiency and an awareness of and responsiveness to their environments,”
Aszure Barton, Watch her choreographer
Onstage Now

Did you know?

“My choreography draws on a wide range of movement sources from classical ballet and contemporary dance to movements that surface during the creative process. I am interested in bodies that move with clean efficiency and an awareness of and responsiveness to their environments,”

Aszure Barton, Watch her choreographer

Onstage Now

Did you know?
In 1995 The National Ballet of Canada became the first company to receive permission to perform Sir Frederick Ashton’s A Month in the Country aside from The Royal Ballet where the work was created. Former Artistic Director Reid Anderson acquired this treasured work as a gift for Karen Kain’s 25th anniversary.
Onstage now

Did you know?

In 1995 The National Ballet of Canada became the first company to receive permission to perform Sir Frederick Ashton’s A Month in the Country aside from The Royal Ballet where the work was created. Former Artistic Director Reid Anderson acquired this treasured work as a gift for Karen Kain’s 25th anniversary.

Onstage now

Did you know?
A Month in the Country is based on Ivan Turgenev’s famous play and distills three hours of words into 40 minutes of dance. The ballet is considered Sir Frederick Ashton’s final masterpiece and one of the choreographer’s most beloved works. Sir Anthony Dowell, who created the role of Beliaev, stages A Month in the Country for The National Ballet of Canada.
Opens Today

Did you know?

A Month in the Country is based on Ivan Turgenev’s famous play and distills three hours of words into 40 minutes of dance. The ballet is considered Sir Frederick Ashton’s final masterpiece and one of the choreographer’s most beloved works. Sir Anthony Dowell, who created the role of Beliaev, stages A Month in the Country for The National Ballet of Canada.

Opens Today

Did you know?
Premiering in 2009, Watch her was the first work created for The National Ballet of Canada by renowned choreographer Aszure Barton. Barton’s work has been commissioned by, among others, Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and Nederlands Dans Theater and has drawn praise and superlatives from all quarters.
Opens Tomorrow

Did you know?

Premiering in 2009, Watch her was the first work created for The National Ballet of Canada by renowned choreographer Aszure Barton. Barton’s work has been commissioned by, among others, Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and Nederlands Dans Theater and has drawn praise and superlatives from all quarters.

Opens Tomorrow

Did you know?
Natalia in A Month in the Country is one of ballet’s most coveted roles. Requiring nuanced artistry and perfect technique, the role has only been danced by a few exceptional ballerinas including Lynn Seymour, Natalia Makarova, Karen Kain and Julie Kent. This season Principal Dancers Greta Hodgkinson and Xiao Nan Yu make their debut as Natalia Petrovna in this treasured work.
Opens Wednesday

Did you know?

Natalia in A Month in the Country is one of ballet’s most coveted roles. Requiring nuanced artistry and perfect technique, the role has only been danced by a few exceptional ballerinas including Lynn Seymour, Natalia Makarova, Karen Kain and Julie Kent. This season Principal Dancers Greta Hodgkinson and Xiao Nan Yu make their debut as Natalia Petrovna in this treasured work.

Opens Wednesday

Friday GIF: Artists of the Ballet in Onegin

Friday GIF: Artists of the Ballet in Onegin

Throwback Thursday: Greta Hodgkinson in a poster for the world premiere of James Kudelka’s Swan Lake in 1999. Ms. Hodgkinson created the role of Odette/Odile.
Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson’s Extraordinary Season
Ms. Hodgkinson dances her final Swan Lake, makes her debut as Natalia in A Month in the Country and returns to one of her favorite roles, Tatiana in Onegin.
Her final Swan Lake will be Saturday March 15 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available here.

Throwback Thursday: Greta Hodgkinson in a poster for the world premiere of James Kudelka’s Swan Lake in 1999. Ms. Hodgkinson created the role of Odette/Odile.

Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson’s Extraordinary Season

Ms. Hodgkinson dances her final Swan Lake, makes her debut as Natalia in A Month in the Country and returns to one of her favorite roles, Tatiana in Onegin.

Her final Swan Lake will be Saturday March 15 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available here.

Life of a Dancer: Intensity

Life of a Dancer: Intensity

Studio Life: Xiao Nan Yu in rehearsal for A Month in the Country
 A Month in the Country is onstage February 26 to March 2. Frederick Ashton’s masterwork is paired with Aszure Barton’s Watch her.

Studio Life: Xiao Nan Yu in rehearsal for A Month in the Country

 A Month in the Country is onstage February 26 to March 2. Frederick Ashton’s masterwork is paired with Aszure Barton’s Watch her.

Happy Family Day from The National Ballet of Canada!

Happy Family Day from The National Ballet of Canada!

Happy Valentines Day!Roots Canada profiled Principal Dancers and husband and wife Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden as part of their Canadian Love Story series.
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Their story is one steeped in Canadiana: Heather Ogden, a BC native, joined the National Ballet of Canada the same year as Guillaume Côté, a Lac-Saint-Jean dancer. Their on stage chemistry quickly became apparent when they were partnered together to dance Romeo and Juliet. Following several years of friendship, the principal pair realized their partnership was more than just professional - in 2010, the couple made it official. 

Read the full interview on The Lodge.
 See the full Lookbook on roots.comRead more about The National Ballet of Canada

Happy Valentines Day!
Roots Canada profiled Principal Dancers and husband and wife Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden as part of their Canadian Love Story series.

rootscanada:

Their story is one steeped in Canadiana: Heather Ogden, a BC native, joined the National Ballet of Canada the same year as Guillaume Côté, a Lac-Saint-Jean dancer. Their on stage chemistry quickly became apparent when they were partnered together to dance Romeo and Juliet. Following several years of friendship, the principal pair realized their partnership was more than just professional - in 2010, the couple made it official.

Read the full interview on The Lodge.

See the full Lookbook on roots.com

Read more about The National Ballet of Canada

Friday GIF: Guillaume Côté in Onegin

Friday GIF: Guillaume Côté in Onegin

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