The National Ballet of Canada | North American Premiere of Hamlet Begins June 1

May 22, 2012

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The National Ballet of Canada | North American Premiere of Hamlet Begins June 1

Principal Casting Announced

May 22, 2012… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for Hamlet. Choreographed by Kevin O’Day, Hamlet makes its highly anticipated North American premiere on June 1 in Toronto, Canada at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Opening night features Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté in the title role of Hamlet. Dancing the role of Ophelia will be Principal Dancer Heather Ogden, Claudius will be performed by Principal Dancer Jiří Jelinek and First Soloist Stephanie Hutchison will dance the role of Gertrude.

In subsequent performances the role of Hamlet will be performed by Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk and Second Soloist Naoya Ebe. Principal Dancer Sonia Rodriguez and First Soloist Elena Lobsanova will dance the role of Ophelia. Claudius will be performed by First Soloists Keiichi Hirano and McGee Maddox and Corps de Ballet member Lise-Marie Jourdain and Second Soloist Alejandra Perez-Gomez will dance the role of Gertrude.

ballet company logoHamlet, by Mr. O’Day, 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.

Principal Casting

Hamlet, the Prince
Guillaume Côté (June 1, 6, 8 at 7:30 pm/ June 3 at 2:00 pm)
Naoya Ebe (June 2, 7 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm)
Piotr Stanczyk (June 2, 7 at 7:30 pm/ June 10 at 2:00 pm)

Claudius, the King, Hamlet’s Uncle
Jiří Jelinek (June 1, 6, 8 at 7:30 pm/ June 3 at 2:00 pm)
McGee Maddox (June 2, 7 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm)
Keiichi Hirano (June 2, 7 at 7:30 pm/ June 10 at 2:00 pm))

Gertrude, the Queen, Hamlet’s Mother
Stephanie Hutchison (June 1, 6, 8 at 7:30 pm/ June 3 at 2:00 pm)
Alejandra Perez-Gomez (June 2, 7 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm)
Lise-Marie Jourdain (June 2, 7 at 7:30 pm/ June 10 at 2:00 pm)

Ophelia, Polonius’ Daughter
Heather Ogden (June 1, 6, 8 at 7:30 pm/ June 3 at 2:00 pm)
Elena Lobsanova (June 2, 7 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (June 2, 7 at 7:30 pm/ June 10 at 2:00 pm)

Laertes, Polonius’ Son
McGee Maddox (June 1, 6, 8 at 7:30 pm/ June 3 at 2:00 pm)
Brett van Sickle (June 2, 7 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm)
Giorgio Galli (June 2, 7 at 7:30 pm/ June 10 at 2:00 pm)

Polonius, the King’s Councillor
Jonathan Renna (June 1, 6, 8 at 7:30 pm/ June 3 at 2:00 pm)
Patrick Lavoie (June 2, 7 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm)
Brett van Sickle (June 2, 7 at 7:30 pm/ June 10 at 2:00 pm)

Horatio, Hamlet’s Friend
Brendan Saye (June 1, 6, 8 at 7:30 pm/ June 3 at 2:00 pm)
Giorgio Galli (June 2, 7 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm)
Robert Stephen (June 2, 7 at 7:30 pm/ June 10 at 2:00 pm)

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.
Robert Stephen is sponsored through Dancers First by Mr. Thor Eaton & The Honourable Nicole Eaton, Senator.
Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.
Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin & Ross Robinson.

Performance Sponsors: Rolex Canada (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.

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