Jurgita Dronina Makes Company Debut as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

Principal Casting Announced

25 février 2020... Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for Romeo and Juliet by acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. Principal Dancer Jurgita Dronina will make her company debut in the title role of Juliet this season. Romeo and Juliet is onstage 11 au 22 mars 2020 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and concludes the Winter Season. #RomeoandJulietNBC
 
Following a triumphant debut with New York City Ballet in Swan Lake earlier this month, Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté will reprise the role of Romeo opposite Principal Dancer Elena Lobsanova as Juliet. The pair will perform on opening night in the roles that were created on them in 2011. Mr. Côté will also partner Ms. Dronina. Subsequent performances will feature Principal Dancers Naoya Ebe, Harrison James and Brendan Saye as Romeo and Principal Dancers Svetlana Lunkina, Heather Ogden and Sonia Rodriguez and First Soloist Chelsy Meiss as Juliet.
 
Also making debuts this season are First Soloist Donald Thom as Mercutio and Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk as Tybalt. Mr. Thom and Second Soloist Christopher Gerty make their debuts as Paris. Debuting in the role of Benvolio are Principal Dancer Skylar Campbell and Second Soloists Spencer Hack and Siphesihle November.
 
Commissioned by Ms. Kain to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary, Mr. Ratmansky’s version has been hailed a “Romeo and Juliet for our time” (Los Angeles Register) and “rich in dramatic and choreographic insights" (The Guardian). Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s glorious score, Romeo and Juliet features costumes and sets by Richard Hudson and lighting by Jennifer Tipton.
 
Principal Character Artist Tomas Schramek, who will perform the roles of Lord Montague and Friar Laurence, celebrates his 50th anniversary with the National Ballet this season. He will be honoured by the company on 13 mars. Lorna Geddes, Principal Character Artist, reprises her signature role as the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. After a career that spanned six decades, Ms. Geddes will be celebrated on 22 mars as she says farewell.
 
On Thursday, 19 mars, the National Ballet’s popular event, See the Music, Hear the Dance, returns. The 25-minute pre-performance talk led by Music Director and Principal Conductor David Briskin will give audiences a deeper understanding of Prokofiev’s music for Romeo and Juliet, often hailed as one of the greatest ballet scores of all time. Musical selections will be performed by The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.
 
Distribution artistique principale
 
Juliet
Elena Lobsanova (11 mars, 18, 20 at 19:30)
Chelsy Meiss (12 mars à 14:00/21 mars à 19:30)
Heather Ogden (12 mars à 19:30/14 mars à 14:00)
Sonia Rodriguez (13 mars at 19:30/15 mars at 14:00)
Jurgita Dronina+ (14 mars at 19:30/22 mars at 14:00)
Svetlana Lunkina (19 mars at 19:30/21 mars at 14:00)
 
Romeo
Guillaume Côté (11 mars, 14, 18, 20 at 19:30/22 mars at 14:00)
Brendan Saye (12 mars at 14:00/21 mars at 19:30)
Harrison James (12 mars, 19 at 19:30/14 mars, 21 at 14:00)
Naoya Ebe (13 mars at 19:30/15 mars at 14:00)
 
Mercutio
Jack Bertinshaw (11 mars, 14, 18, 20 at 19:30)
Donald Thom* (12 mars, 15 at 14:00/13 mars, 21 at 19:30)
Skylar Campbell (12 mars, 19 at 19:30/14 mars, 21 at 14:00)
Piotr Stanczyk (22 mars à 14:00 h)
 
Tybalt
Piotr Stanczyk* (11 mars, 12, 14, 18, 20, 21 at 19:30/ 12 mars, 21 at 14:00)
Brendan Saye (14 mars, 15, 22 at 14:00/13 mars, 19 at 19:30)
 
Infirmière
Lorna Geddes (11 mars, 14, 18, 20 at 19:30/22 mars at 14:00) 
Rebekah Rimsay (12 mars, 15 at 14:00/13 mars, 21 at 19:30)
Alejandra Perez-Gomez (12 mars, 19 at 19:30/14 mars, 21 at 14:00) 
 
Friar Laurence
Peter Ottmann(11 mars, 12, 14, 18, 20 at 19:30/14 mars, 22 at 14:00)
Tomas Schramek (12 mars, 15, 21 at 14:00/13 mars, 19, 21 at 19:30)
 
Lord Capulet     
Etienne Lavigne (11 mars, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20 at 19:30/14 mars, 21, 22 at 14:00)
Jonathan Renna (12 mars, 15 at 14:00/13 mars, 21 at 19:30)
 
Lady Capulet    
Stephanie Hutchison (11 mars, 14, 18, 20 at 19:30/22 mars at 14:00)
Alejandra Perez-Gomez (12 mars, 15 at 14:00/13 mars, 21 at 19:30)
Joanna Ivey (12 mars, 19 at 19:30/14 mars, 21 at 14:00)
 
Lord Montague 
Tomas Schramek (11 mars, 12, 18, 20 at 19:30/14 mars at 14:00)
Brent Parolin (12 mars, 15, 21, 22 at 14:00/13 mars, 14, 19, 21 at 19:30)
 
Lady Montague 
Chelsy Meiss (11 mars, 12, 18, 20 at 19:30/14 mars at 14:00)
Alexandra MacDonald (12 mars, 15, 21, 22 at 14:00/13 mars, 14, 19, 21 at 19:30)
 
Duke of Verona
Jonathan Renna (11 mars, 12, 14, 18, 20 at 19:30/14 mars, 22 at 14:00)
Etienne Lavigne (12 mars at 14:00/21 mars at 19:30)
Peter Ottmann (13 mars, 19 at 19:30/15 mars, 21 at 14:00)

Paris
Ben Rudisin (11 mars, 18, 20, 21 at 19:30/12 mars at 14:00)
Christopher Gerty* (12 mars, 13 at 19:30/14 mars, 15 at 14:00)
Donald Thom* (14 mars, 19 at 19:30/21 mars, 22 at 14:00)
 
Benvolio
Skylar Campbell* (11 mars, 14, 18, 20 at 19:30/22 mars at 14:00)
Siphesihle November* (12 mars, 15 at 14:00/12 mars, 13 at 19:30)
Spencer Hack* (14 mars, 21 at 14:00/19 mars, 21 at 19:30)
 
*Debut    +Company Debut    Guest Artist
 
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BMO Financial Group presents the 2019/20 Season.

Lead philanthropic support for Romeo and Juliet is provided by Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., with additional generous support from Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and Walter Carsen, O.C.

Skylar Campbell is sponsored through Dancers First by Tricia Younger.

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

Naoya Ebe est commandité par Gretchen Ross du programme Dancers First.

Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.

Svetlana Lunkina is sponsored through Dancers First by Anna McCowan Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C.

Heather Ogden is sponsored through Dancers First by Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin.

Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin Vaile Robinson. 

Chelsy Meiss est parrainée par Diana St. B. Weatheralls par l’entremise de Dancers First.

Ben Rudisin is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

Christopher Gerty is sponsored through Dancers First by Ms. Nancy Viner & Dr. Raymond Stein.

Siphesihle November is sponsored through Dancers First by Jerry & Joan Lozinski.

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 Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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