National Ballet of Canada | The Seagull Tours to Ottawa’s National Arts Centre

March 28, 2012

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National Ballet of Canada | The Seagull Tours to Ottawa’s National Arts Centre
Photography Exhibition by Aleksandar Antonijevic on Display

The National Ballet of Canada tours to the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa, April 12 – 14, 2012 with John Neumeier’s acclaimed adaptation of The Seagull.


ballet company logoThe Seagull explores the nature of love and the relationship between love and art. Based on Chekhov’s brilliant play, the key characters are changed from actors and writers to dancers and choreographers in this richly-imagined, compelling work.


Ballet Photography Exhibition

A special photography exhibition titled FEET AND MIRRORS by Principal Dancer Aleksandar Antonijevic will be on display in the NAC’s Southam Hall lobby, April 11 – 29, 2012. Mr. Antonijevic’s photography has been featured at CONTACT, Toronto’s annual international photography festival, as well as in two exhibitions. He also photographed the Principal Dancers for the National Ballet’s 2011/12 Souvenir Book.

NAC Dance and the National Ballet partner together to bring the School Residency Project to two local high schools in Ottawa. Annemarie Cabri, Artist Educator with YOU dance, will lead in-school workshops over three days, followed by a combined workshop at the NAC, backstage tours, a discussion with local dance historian Kathryn Jones, and a performance of The Seagull.

The opening night performance on April 16 will feature Principal Dancers Greta Hodgkinson as Arkadina, Guillaume Côté in the role of Kostya, Aleksandar Antonijevic as Trigorin and Sonia Rodriguez as Nina.

Principal Casting

Greta Hodgkinson
(April 12, 13 at 8:00 pm)
Heather Ogden (April 14 at 8:00 pm)

Côté (April 12 at 8:00 pm)
Keiichi Hirano (April 13 at 8:00 pm)
Patrick Lavoie (April 14 at 8:00 pm)

Aleksandar Antonijevic
(April 12 at 8:00 pm)
Piotr Stanczyk (April 13 at 8:00 pm)
Jiří Jelinek (April 14 at 8:00 pm)

Sonia Rodriguez
(April 12 at 8:00 pm)
Jillian Vanstone (April 13 at 8:00 pm)
Elena Lobsanova (April 14 at 8:00 pm)

All casting subject to change.

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.

The Seagull is generously supported in part by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.

Ottawa Tour Transportation Sponsor: VIA Rail Canada.

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.

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.

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