The National Ballet of Canada’s Swan Lake | Principal Guest Artists announced

February 19, 2014

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The National Ballet of Canada’s Swan Lake | Principal Guest Artists announced

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Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that Principal Guest Artists Svetlana Lunkina and Evan McKie will open the winter performances of Swan Lake on March 8, 2014. Swan Lake is onstage until March 16, 2014 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

Ms. Lunkina danced this past fall with the National Ballet in the Innovation programme and appeared as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. A former Principal Dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, she was born in Moscow and trained at the Moscow Choreographic Academy before joining the Bolshoi Ballet. During her first year at the Bolshoi, at the age of 18, Ms. Lunkina danced the title role in Giselle, becoming the youngest Giselle in the history of the Bolshoi Theater.

Mr. McKie appeared last season with the National Ballet in Giselle and The Sleeping Beauty. A Principal Dancer at Stuttgart Ballet, he was born in Toronto and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School as well as at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and John Cranko School. Mr. McKie has received critical acclaim for many roles including Hamlet, Onegin, Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty and Siegfried in Swan Lake, among others.

Principal Dancers Greta Hodgkinson, Sonia Rodriguez and Xiao Nan Yu will dance the role of Odette/Odile and Principal Dancers Guillaume Côté, Piotr Stanczyk and First Soloist McGee Maddox will perform the role of Siegfried.

Premiering over a century ago in Russia, Swan Lake remains one of the most revered ballets of all time. Created in 1999 by James Kudelka, Swan Lake retains the captivating 19th-century mystic quality of the original and features set and costume design by Santo Loquasto and a timeless score by Tchaikovsky.

A perfect March Break outing, the National Ballet will host free Swan Lake Ballet Talks with Ballet Master Lindsay Fischer. Patrons can also enjoy a display featuring the history of Swan Lake with historical information, costumes and images at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Both are free for all ticket holders.

Principal Casting
Odette / Odile
Svetlana Lunkina*
(March 8, 13 at 7:30 pm/March 16 at 2:00 pm)
Xiao Nan Yu (March 9 at 2:00 pm/March 14 at 7:30 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (March 12 at 7:30 pm/March 15 at 2:00 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson (March 15 at 7:30 pm)

Siegfried
Evan McKie*
(March 8, 13 at 7:30 pm/March 16 at 2:00 pm)
McGee Maddox (March 9 at 2:00 pm/March 14 at 7:30 pm)
Piotr Stanczyk (March 12 at 7:30 pm/March 15 at 2:00 pm)
Guillaume Côté (March 15 at 7:30 pm)

Rothbart
Patrick Lavoie
(March 8, 13 at 7:30 pm/March 16 at 2:00 pm)
Etienne Lavigne (March 9 at 2:00 pm/March 14 at 7:30 pm)
James Leja (March 12 at 7:30 pm/March 15 at 2:00 pm)
Jonathan Renna (March 15 at 7:30 pm)

* Company Debut
Principal Guest Artist

Casting subject to change.

Swan Lake is presented by Chloé Fragrances.

Swan Lake is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M. and Margaret Fleck & Jim Fleck, O.C.

Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso and Allan Slaight.

Evan McKie’s appearance as a Principal Guest Artist 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 – 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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