Swan Lake Odile

Svetlana Lunkina as Odile. Photo par Karolina Kuras.

The World Premiere of Swan Lake

Swan Lake Synopsis >
A young woman, Odette, ventures deep into the woods one night with her friends, seeking adventure. An evil predator, Rothbart, part man and part bird, captures Odette with his enormous wings, the symbol and instrument of his power. As the others escape, Odette is cursed to live in captivity as a swan, returning to human form only at night.

The Women of Swan Lake >
Karen Kain’s new staging of Swan Lake does far more than secure her legacy with The National Ballet of Canada; it broadens the conversation about how and why this iconic ballet is enjoyed and understood.

Swan Lake in National Ballet History >
Celia Franca's was the first full-length version of Swan Lake in Canada. The production was a mark of distinction for the young company and an early sign of Franca’s commitment to highlighting classical ballet.

Tchaikovsky and the Creation of Swan Lake >
Swan Lake, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s first commission for ballet in 1875, has become one of the most iconic ballets in the world – recognized by name, choreography and its unforgettable score. But Tchaikovsky didn’t live long enough to see Swan Lake fully embraced.


Hope and Barry

Hope Muir and Barry Hughson. Photos by Karolina Kuras.

Company News

Hope Muir on the 2022/23 Season >
"I’m very proud of the experience we’re offering to our artists and audiences next season." The season will feature two world premieres, two Canadian premieres, the return of beloved classics, introduces three internationally renowned choreographers to the company and more!

Magdalena Popa Retires >
Principal Artistic Coach Magdalena Popa, a company treasure, retires from the full-time artistic staff this month after 40 years with the National Ballet.

The National Ballet Archives >
Our Archives is a treasure trove of information, photos, videos and costumes that preserves the company's ongoing history.



Naoya Ebe and Jordana Daumec. Photo par Karolina Kuras.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Artists Inspired >
From past to present artists, this Black History Month, our dancers shared their thoughts on the ballet artists who inspire them.

Creating Space >
First Soloist Tanya Howard leads a discussion about creating space in the ballet world with Choreographer Kevin A. Ormsby and Corps de Ballet members Alexander Skinner and Tene Ward.

Hosting Dancer Conversations on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion >
“I wanted to give each dancer a safe, confidential space to talk freely and honestly about how they’re feeling about their experiences within The National Ballet of Canada and what we want to see for the company going forward.” – First Soloist Jordana Daumec.

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