The National Ballet of Canada | Robert Stephen to Dance Hamlet

May 31, 2012

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The National Ballet of Canada | Robert Stephen to Dance Hamlet

National Ballet of CanadaOpening Night Ballet Talk Features Choreographer Kevin O’Day and Composer John King

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that First Soloist Robert Stephen will dance the title role in Hamlet on June 2, 7 at 2:00 pm and June 9 at 7:30 pm.

Dancing opposite Mr. Stephen in the role of Ophelia will be First Soloist Elena Lobsanova. Claudius will be performed by First Soloist McGee Maddox and Second Soloist Alejandra Perez-Gomez will dance the role of Gertrude.

Hamlet opens Friday, June 1 with Principal Dancers Guillaume Côté in the role of Hamlet, Heather Ogden in the role of Ophelia, Jiří Jelinek as Claudius and First Soloist Stephanie Hutchison as Gertrude.

Hamlet was created by choreographer Kevin O’Day in 2008. It played to sold out houses in Europe and critical acclaim from the German media. 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.

The opening night Ballet Talk features Mr. O’Day and Mr. King and will be hosted by Ballet Master Lindsay Fischer. Ballet Talks take place 45 minutes prior to the curtain in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and are free for all ticket holders.

Principal Casting

Hamlet, the Prince
Guillaume Côté (June 1, 6, 8 at 7:30 pm/ June 3 at 2:00 pm)
Robert Stephen (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, 2, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 pm/ June 3, 10 at 2:00 pm)
Giorgio Galli (June 2, 7 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 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.
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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