Bridgett Zehr and Zdenek Konvalina Appointed Guest Artists in 2011/12 Season
May 4, 2011… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that Principal Dancers Zdenek Konvalina and Bridgett Zehr will become Guest Artists in the 2011/12 season. Mr. Konvalina and Ms. Zehr will continue to perform with the National Ballet throughout the 2011/12 season and will join English National Ballet as Principal Dancers.
“The National Ballet has greatly benefited from having these beautiful dancers performing with us for the last five years. Bridgett and Zdenek are extraordinary artists and I fully support them in this wonderful opportunity to perform in London, which I know has long been their dream,” says Ms. Kain. “I am pleased that both will maintain a strong relationship with the company and will dance in our 60th anniversary season.”
Mr. Konvalina will appear as Jack/The Knave of Hearts and Ms. Zehr as Mother/The Queen of Hearts in the North American premiere of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland which opens June 4, 2011.
The 2010/11 season is presented by CTV and The Globe and Mail.
Thomson Reuters presents Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Lead philanthropic support provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet with additional support generously provided by The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey, Robert & Judith Lawrie and Wallace & Margaret McCain.
Generously supported by The Monument Trust in memory of Simon Sainsbury.
Generous philanthropic support from Sir Simon and Lady Robertson, Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman, Robert and Kathleen Wallace, Celia Blakey, Sue Butcher, Marina Hobson MBE, Peter Lloyd, Kristina Rogge and Richard and Victoria Sharp.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is presented as part of Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity.
The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Foundation; the Ontario Trillium Foundation; and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.