A Milestone Giselle
Greta Hodgkinson’s Final Giselle
Sonia Rodriguez Celebrates 30 Glorious Years
Jillian Vanstone Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Debuts by Heather Ogden and Brendan Saye
10 octobre 2019... Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for Giselle which will feature several milestone events as well as important debuts. Giselle opens the 2019/20 season, which celebrates Ms. Kain’s 50th anniversary with the company, and is onstage 6 au 10 novembre 2019 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. #GiselleNBC
Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson will dance the role of Giselle for a final time before she retires in 20 mars20. A gifted dancer possessed of immaculate technique and dramatic power in equal measure, Ms. Hodgkinson is a remarkable interpreter of great classical roles such as the title role in Giselle. Ms. Hodgkinson’s final Giselle will take place on 9 novembre at 19:30 opposite one of her long-time National Ballet partners Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté as Albrecht.
One of the most versatile and dynamic dancers at the National Ballet, Principal Dancer Sonia Rodriguez has captivated audiences for the past 30 years. With her effortless physicality and total immersiveness into her characters, Ms. Rodriguez has excelled in leading roles throughout the classical and contemporary repertoires. She will be honoured by the company on 8 novembre at 7:30 when she will dance the title role in Giselle opposite fellow Principal Dancer Francesco Gabriele Frola as Albrecht.
Principal Dancer Jillian Vanstone has delighted audiences for two decades with her vivacity, charm and unique musicality. Renowned for the crisp attack of her technique and skilled characterizations, Ms. Vanstone fully embodies challenging roles that demand a full dramatic arc such as Giselle. She will dance Giselle opposite Mr. Frola as Albrecht and will be celebrated on 10 novembre at 14:00.
Making their debuts this season in the lead roles are Principal Dancers Heather Ogden and Brendan Saye, who was recently promoted, on 7 novembre at 19:30.
The opening night on 6 novembre at 19:30 will feature Principal Dancers Svetlana Lunkina and Harrison James as Giselle and Albrecht. Principal Dancers Elena Lobsanova and Naoya Ebe will dance the lead roles on 7 novembre at 14:00.
Giselle is considered by many to be the quintessential Romantic ballet. A haunting tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness, Giselle is the story of a young peasant girl who is overcome with grief and madness by her lover’s deception. Upon her death, she is transported into the ghostly world of the Wilis, the spirits of betrayed young women. The title role has always been a touchstone and a proving ground for the world’s greatest prima ballerinas, not simply for the enormous technical demands the choreography poses, but for the intensity and depth of emotional commitment that it requires.
Since its premiere with the company in 1970, Sir Peter Wright's Giselle has been a mainstay of the National Ballet's classical repertoire. Giselle features sets and costumes by Desmond Heeley with lighting by Gil Wechsler and music by Adolphe Adam.
Distribution artistique principale
Svetlana Lunkina (6 novembre at 19:30/9 novembre at 14:00)
Elena Lobsanova (7 novembre at 14:00)
Heather Ogden* (7 novembre at 19:30)
Sonia Rodriguez (8 novembre à 19:30 h)
Greta Hodgkinson (9 novembre at 19:30)
Jillian Vanstone (10 novembre at 14:00)
Harrison James (6 novembre at 19:30/9 novembre at 14:00)
Naoya Ebe (7 novembre à 14:00 h)
Brendan Saye* (7 novembre at 19:30)
Francesco Gabriele Frola (8 novembre à 19:30 h/10 novembre à 14:00 h)
Guillaume Côté (9 novembre at 19:30)
Additional principal casting to be announced, all casting is subject to change.
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BMO Financial Group presents the 2019/20 Season.
Giselle was produced as a memorial to the late William P. Walker and was made possible through the courtesy of many generous friends of the National Ballet.
Guillaume Côté est parrainé par Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. et Allan Slaight C.M. par l’entremise de Dancers First.
Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.
Francesco Gabriele Frola is sponsored through Dancers First by Sherry and Edward Drew.
Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.
Elena Lobsanova is sponsored through Dancers First by Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan.
Svetlana Lunkina is sponsored through Dancers First by Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C.
Heather Ogden est parrainée par Ira Gluskin et Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, par le biais du programme Dancers First.
Brendan Saye est parrainé par Robin Vaile Robinson par l’entremise de Dancers First.
Jillian Vanstone est parrainée par George et Kathy Dembroski par l’entremise de Dancers First.
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 Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.