The National Ballet of Canada Celebrates Aleksandar Antonijevic in Onegin

February 15, 2014

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The National Ballet of Canada Celebrates Aleksandar Antonijevic in Onegin

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Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for Onegin which concludes the Winter Season. Onegin is onstage March 19 – 23, 2014 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. 

The National Ballet celebrates Principal Dancer Aleksandar Antonijevic, who retires after 23 years at the end of this season, at his final performances of Onegin, March 20 and 22. Also performing the role of Eugene Onegin will be Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté and First Soloist McGee Maddox.

The role of Tatiana will be performed by Principal Dancers Greta Hodgkinson, Sonia Rodriguez and Xiao Nan Yu. Dancing the role of Lensky are Principal Guest Artist Evan McKie, Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk and First Soloist Naoya Ebe, who debuts in the role. Olga will be performed by Principal Dancer Jillian Vanstone and First Soloists Elena Lobsanova, who makes her debut, and Stacey Shiori Minagawa. Prince Gremin will be danced by First Soloists Etienne Lavigne, Patrick Lavoie and Jonathan Renna.

Based on the narrative poem Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, Onegin is the story of unrequited love in the fated meeting of an innocent young girl with a cynical aristocrat. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, John Cranko’s 1965 ballet adaptation employs his distinctive choreographic style to capture the original story’s emotional intensity, drama and tragedy with striking fidelity and perceptiveness.

Onegin first entered the company’s repertoire 30 years ago on June 14, 1984. The production was redesigned in 2010 with sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by James F. Ingalls.

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Principal Casting
Eugene Onegin
McGee Maddox
(March 19, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 22 at 2:00 pm)
Aleksandar Antonijevic (March 20 at 2:00 pm/March 22 at 7:30 pm)
Guillaume Côté (March 21 at 7:30 pm/March 23 at 2:00 pm)

Lensky, his friend
Evan McKie
  (March 19, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 22 at 2:00 pm)
Piotr Stanczyk (March 20 at 2:00 pm/March 22 at 7:30 pm)
Naoya Ebe* (March 21 at 7:30 pm/March 23 at 2:00 pm)

Tatiana, her daughter
Xiao Nan Yu
(March 19, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 22 at 2:00 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (March 20 at 2:00 pm/March 22 at 7:30 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson (March 21 at 7:30 pm/March 23 at 2:00 pm)

Olga, another daughter
Elena Lobsanova
*(March 19, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 22 at 2:00 pm)
Stacey Shiori Minagawa (March 20 at 2:00 pm/March 22 at 7:30 pm)
Jillian Vanstone (March 21 at 7:30 pm/March 23 at 2:00 pm)

Prince Gremin, friend to the Larina family
Patrick Lavoie
(March 19, 20 at 7:30 pm/March 22 at 2:00 pm)
Jonathan Renna (March 20 at 2:00 pm/March 22 at 7:30 pm)
Etienne Lavigne (March 21 at 7:30 pm/March 23 at 2:00 pm)

* Debut
Principal Guest Artist

Casting subject to change.

Onegin is presented by Chanel.

Onegin is generously supported by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.

Performance Sponsor: The Globe and Mail, March 21 at 7:30 pm

The following dancers are generously sponsored through Dancers First:
Guillaume Côté – Emmanuelle Gattuso and Allan Slaight
Naoya Ebe – Gretchen Ross
Elena Lobsanova – Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan

Evan McKie’s appearance as a Principal Guest Artist is made possible by a generous donation from The Frank Gerstein Charitable Foundation.

Due to financial constraints experienced by the company at this time, Jiří Jelinek will not be joining the National Ballet as a Guest Artist for Onegin.

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 – Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages; and the Government of Ontario through the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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