Principal Dancer Sonia Rodriguez Honoured with Spain’s Officer’s Cross of the Civil Merit
May 25, 2011… The National Ballet of Canada’s Principal Dancer Sonia Rodriguez has been awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Civil Merit by His Majesty, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, in recognition of her excellence in dance and her contribution to promote the Spanish Culture abroad. One of the highest distinctions in the arts given by the King of Spain, the Cross was presented to Ms. Rodriguez by the Ambassador of Spain to Canada, His Excellency Eudaldo Mirapeix, at a ceremony at the Embassy in Ottawa. Ms. Rodriguez was joined by her husband Kurt Browning and two children, Gabriel and Dylan.
The Order of the Civil Merit was established by Alfonso XIII in 1926 to “reward the civic virtues of civil servants”. Since then, the Order has been expanded to recognize individuals who have made worthy contributions to society and have led exemplary professional paths.
Born in Toronto, Ms. Rodriguez grew up in Spain, studying dance in Madrid with Pedro de la Cruz and at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1990 and has been a Principal Dancer since 2000. Ms. Rodriguez’s repertoire with the National Ballet includes principal roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Onegin. She created the title role in James Kudelka’s Cinderella and Princess Vasilisa in The Firebird.
Ms. Rodriguez next appears onstage as Alice in the North American premiere of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher Wheeldon, which runs June 4 – 25, 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.
The role of Alice is generously supported by Richard M. Ivey, C.C.
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.