National Ballet of Canada | Hamlet Makes North American Premiere on June 1
Guillaume Côté, Piotr Stanczyk and Naoya Ebe Dance Hamlet
May 3, 2012… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced Principal Dancers Guillaume Côté and Piotr Stanczyk and Second Soloist Naoya Ebe will dance the title role in Hamlet. Created for Stuttgart Ballet in 2008 by choreographer Kevin O’Day, Hamlet makes its North American premiere on June 1 in Toronto, Canada at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
The role of Ophelia will be performed by Principal Dancers Heather Ogden and Sonia Rodriguez and First Soloist Elena Lobsanova. Dancing the role of Claudius will be Principal Dancer Jiří Jelinek and First Soloists Keiichi Hirano and McGee Maddox. The role of Gertrude will be danced by First Soloist Stephanie Hutchison, Corps de Ballet member Lise-Marie Jourdain and Second Soloist Alejandra Perez-Gomez.
Mr. O’Day adapts Shakespeare’s greatest play, creating a ballet of haunting eloquence and raw emotion that bridges classical and contemporary idioms with his own highly physical style. Hamlet is set to an original score by composer John King, a long time collaborator of Mr. O’Day, with set and costumes by British designer Tatyana van Walsum and lighting by Mark Stanley, current Resident Lighting Designer for New York City Ballet.
Additional casting and performance dates to be announced.
The 2011/12 Season is presented by CTV and The Globe and Mail.
Celebrating 60 Years of Partnership with The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.
Thomson Reuters presents Hamlet.
The National Ballet of Canada is grateful to Mona & Harvey Levenstein for their generous support of Hamlet.
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.
Keiichi Hirano is sponsored through Dancers First by Patricia Younger.
Elena Lobsanova is sponsored through Dancers First by Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan.
Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.
Performance Sponsors: Thomson Reuters (June 1 at 7:30 pm), Rolex (June 2 at 7:30 pm), CTV and The Globe & Mail (June 6 at 7:30 pm), Morneau Shepell (June 7 at 7:30 pm) and Air Canada (June 8 at 7:30 pm).
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.