The National Ballet of Canada | Torontonian Evan McKie Guests and Makes Hometown Debut in The Sleeping Beauty

February 16, 2012

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The National Ballet of Canada | Torontonian Evan McKie Guests and Makes Hometown Debut in The Sleeping Beauty

 

February 15, 2012… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for Rudolf Nureyev’s landmark production of The Sleeping Beauty which opens the Winter Season on March 10, 2012 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Evan McKie, Principal Dancer with Stuttgart Ballet, will dance the role of Prince Florimund on March 11, 18 at 2:00 pm and March 15 at 7:30 pm. This will be Mr. McKie’s first performance in his hometown since training at Canada’s National Ballet School. Born in Toronto, Mr. McKie also trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and John Cranko School. Mr. McKie has received critical acclaim for many roles, including Hamlet, Onegin, Siegfried in Swan Lake and Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, among others.

On opening night, Principal Dancer Heather Ogden will dance the role of Princess Aurora with Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté as Prince Florimund. Principal Dancers Sonia Rodriguez, Greta Hodgkinson and Guest Artist Bridgett Zehr will also dance Princess Aurora. Principal Dancers Piotr Stanczyk and Guest Artists Evan McKie and Zdenek Konvalina will perform Prince Florimund.

Also making debuts this season are Corps de Ballet member Skylar Campbell in the Bluebird pas de deux, Second Soloist Jordana Daumec and Corps de Ballet members Nan Wang and Giorgio Galli in the Diamond pas de deux, Second Soloist Alejandra Perez-Gomez in the role of Carabosse and First Soloist Elena Lobsanova and Corps de Ballet members Alexandra MacDonald and Adji Cissoko as the Principal Fairy.

ballet dancer on pointe

Elena Lobsanova by Dan Dreeman

Nureyev’s 1966 adaptation of The Sleeping Beauty was immediately recognized as a landmark interpretation and when he set the work on the National Ballet in 1972, it became one of the most significant works in the company’s history.

Principal Casting

Princess Aurora
Sonia Rodriguez (March 10, 15 at 2:00 pm/ March 17 at 7:30 pm)
Heather Ogden (March 10, 14 at 7:30 pm/ March 17 at 2:00 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson (March 11, 18 at 2:00 pm/ March 15 at 7:30 pm)
Bridgett Zehr+  (March 13 at 2:00 pm/ March 16 at 7:30 pm)

Prince Florimund
Piotr Stanczyk (March 10, 15 at 2:00 pm/ March 17 at 7:30 pm)
Guillaume Côté (March 10, 14 at 7:30 pm/ March 17 at 2:00 pm)
Evan McKie+(March 11, 18 at 2:00 pm/ March 15 at 7:30 pm)
Zdenek Konvalina+(March 13 at 2:00 pm/ March 16 at 7:30 pm)

King Florestan
Rex Harrington (March 10, 11, 15, 17 at 2:00 pm/ March 10, 14, 15, 17 at 7:30 pm)
Jonathan Renna (March 13, 18 at 2:00 pm/ March 16 at 7:30 pm)

Queen
Joanna Ivey+ (March 10, 13, 17, 18 at 2:00 pm/ March 10, 14, 15, 17 at 7:30 pm)
Krista Dowson (March 11, 15 at 2:00 pm/ March 16 at 7:30 pm)

Catalubutte
Hazaros Surmeyan (March 10, 17 at 2:00 pm/March 10, 14 at 7:30 pm)
Tomas Schramek (March 11, 15 at 2:00 pm/ March 15, 17 at 7:30 pm)
Kevin D. Bowles (March 13, 18 at 2:00 pm/March 16 at 7:30 pm)

Lilac Fairy
Lise-Marie Jourdain (March 10, 11, 17 at 2:00 pm/ March 10, 14, 15, 17 at 7:30 pm)
Stephanie Hutchison (March 13, 15, 18 at 2:00 pm/ March 16 at 7:30 pm)

Carabosse
Rebekah Rimsay (March 10, 13, 17, 18 at 2:00 pm/ March 10, 14, 16 at 7:30 pm)
Alejandra Perez-Gomez* (March 11, 15 at 2:00 pm/ March 15, 17 at 7:30 pm)

Principal Fairy
Elena Lobsanova* (March 10, 11, 18 at 2:00 pm)
Alexandra MacDonald* (March 10, 14, 15 at 7:30 pm/ March 17 at 2:00 pm)
Juri Hiraoka (March 13 at 2:00 pm/ March 17 at 7:30 pm)
Adji Cissoko* (March 15 at 2:00 pm/ March 16 at 7:30 pm)

Princess Florine
Jillian Vanstone (March 10, 15, 18 at 2:00 pm)
Elena Lobsanova (March 10, 14 at 7:30 pm/ March 17 at 2:00 pm)
Tina Pereira (March 11 at 2:00 pm/ March 15 at 7:30 pm)
Stacey Shiori Minagawa (March 13 at 2:00 pm/ March 16 at 7:30 pm)
Shino Mori (March 17 at 7:30 pm)

Bluebird
Keiichi Hirano (March 10, 13, 15, 18 at 2:00 pm/ March 16 at 7:30 pm)
Naoya Ebe (March 10, 14 at 7:30 pm/ March 17 at 2:00 pm)
Skylar Campbell* (March 11 at 2:00 pm/ March 15, 17 at 7:30 pm)

Diamond Lady
Chelsy Meiss (March 10, 15 at 2:00 pm/ March 17 at 7:30 pm)
Stephanie Hutchison (March 10, 14, 15 at 7:30 pm/ March 11, 17 at 2:00 pm)
Jordana Daumec* (March 13, 18 at 2:00 pm / March 16 at 7:30 pm)

Diamond Man
Nan Wang* (March 10, 15 at 2:00 pm/ March 17 at 7:30 pm)
Brett van Sickle (March 10, 14, 15 at 7:30 pm/ March 11, 17 at 2:00 pm)
Giorgio Galli* (March 13, 18 at 2:00 pm / March 16 at 7:30 pm)

* Debut        + Guest Artist

All casting subject to change.

Watch the Prologue Fairies rehearsal and performance footage

Backstage with Chelsy Meiss

Read Cupcakes & Conversation with Bridgett Zehr

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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.

World MasterCard presents The Sleeping Beauty.

The Sleeping Beauty is made possible by generous contributions from Margaret & Jim Fleck, The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Sandra & Jim Pitblado, Gretchen Ross and Nancy Pencer & Michael Benjamin.

Performance Sponsors: CTV (March 14 at 7:30 pm), Air Canada (March 15 at 7:30 pm), VIA Rail (March 16 at 7:30 pm).

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.
Jenna Savella is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.
Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.
Chelsy Meiss is sponsored through Dancers First by Diana St. B. Weatherall.
Krista Dowson is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.
Shino Mori is sponsored through Dancers First by Catherine & Ian Delaney.

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

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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