National Ballet of Canada | Giselle Features Four Casts

November 16, 2012

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National Ballet of Canada | Giselle Features Four Casts

First Soloist Naoya Ebe Debuts as Albrecht
Evan McKie and Zdenek Konvalina Return as Guest Artists

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Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for Giselle which is onstage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto December 5 – 9, 2012.

The role of Giselle has been called “the ballerina’s Hamlet” and is one of the classical canon’s most complex and demanding roles. This season, Principal Dancers Greta Hodgkinson, Sonia Rodriguez and Xiao Nan Yu return to this challenging role, with Jillian Vanstone making her Toronto debut in the title role.

The role of Albrecht will be performed by Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté, First Soloist Naoya Ebe, who debuts in the role, and by Guest Artists Zdenek Konvalina and Evan McKie.

Making his company debut this season in the role of Hilarion is Principal Dancer Jiří Jelinek. The role will also be performed by Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk, First Soloist Etienne Lavigne and First Soloist Jonathan Renna.

The Queen of the Wilis will be danced by Principal Dancer Heather Ogden, First Soloist Stephanie Hutchison and Corps de Ballet member Juri Hiraoka.

Since its premiere with the company in 1970, Sir Peter Wright‘s Giselle has been a mainstay of the National Ballet’s classical repertoire. The role of Giselle is a highly emotional and technical one, setting the bar to which the very best dancers aspire. Successive generations of female Principal Dancers have risen to the challenge to interpret this beautiful, spiritual role.

Giselle sets and costumes are designed by Desmond Heeley with lighting by Gil Wechsler.

Rex Harrington, Artist-in-Residence, will host the opening night Ballet Talk 45 minutes prior to the performance of Giselle, offering insight and illumination about the ballet.

Principal Casting

Giselle
Greta Hodgkinson (December 5, 8 at 7:30 pm)
Jillian Vanstone (December 6 at 2:00 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (December 6 at 7:30 pm/December 8 at 2:00 pm)
Xiao Nan Yu (December 7 at 7:30 pm/December 9 at 2:00 pm)

Albrecht
Guillaume Côté (December 5, 8 at 7:30 pm)
Naoya Ebe* (December 6 at 2:00 pm)
Zdenek Konvalina+ (December 6 at 7:30 pm/ December 8 at 2:00 pm)
Evan McKie + (December 7 at 7:30 pm/ December 9 at 2:00 pm)

Hilarion
Piotr Stanczyk (December 5, 8 at 7:30 pm)
Etienne Lavigne (December 6 at 2:00 pm)
Jonathan Renna (December 6 at 7:30 pm/December 8 at 2:00 pm)
Jiří Jelinek (December 7 at 7:30 pm/December 9 at 2:00 pm)

Queen of the Wilis
Heather Ogden (December 5, 7, 8 at 7:30 pm)
Stephanie Hutchison (December 6 at 7:30 pm/ December 9 at 2:00 pm)
Juri Hiraoka (December 6 at 2:00 pm)

* Debut

+ Guest Artist

All casting is subject to change.

The 2012/13 season is dedicated to the memory of The National Ballet of Canada’s greatest patron Walter Carsen, O.C.

Giselle was produced as a memorial to the late William P. Walker.

Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso & Allan Slaight.

Heather Ogden is sponsored through Dancers First by Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin.

Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.

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; and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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