Margaret Illmann Photo Credits

Margaret Illmann in Oracle (1994). Photo by Andrew Oxenham.

Where Are They Now?

Where are they now?

A new feature for our 60th Anniversary Season – find out what some of our great artists of the past are doing now. 

Frank Augustyn
Dancer 1970 – 1989.
 
 Margaret Illmann
Dancer 1989 – 1996. 
 Kevin Pugh
Dancer 1978 – 1991. 
Jennifer Fournier
Dancer 1986 – 2008.
 
 Martine Lamy
Dancer 1983 – 2005. 
 Grant Strate
Dancer and Choreographer
1951 – 1970.
 
Lorna Geddes
Dancer and
Ballet Mistress
1959 - present.
 
  Nadia Potts
Dancer 1966 – 1986.   
   
  

 

Frank Augustyn, Dancer 1970 - 1989.
One of Canada’s most accomplished male dancers, Frank Augustyn trained at the Canada’s National Ballet School and joined the National Ballet in 1970. He was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1972. In 1973, he and Karen Kain won a special award for the best pas de deux at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow, dancing the technically demanding role of the Blue Bird pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty. That win catapulted Ms. Kain and Mr. Augustyn to instant stardom, and they enjoyed a fabled partnership.

Throughout his illustrious career Mr. Augustyn danced all the major classical roles as well many roles in contemporary repertoire. He was in demand as a guest artist and danced with Boston Ballet, Royal Ballet, Berlin Opera Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Kirov Ballet among others. He retired from the National Ballet in 1989 and became Artistic Director of Ottawa Ballet until 1994. From 1995 to 1997 he co-produced, co-wrote and hosted a documentary series Footnotes: The Classics of Ballet on Bravo Television. Mr. Augustyn is currently Chair of the Dance Program at Adelphi University in New York. 

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    Jennifer Fournier 

    Frank Augustyn. Photo by David Street.

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    Frank Augustyn

    Frank Augustyn and Karen Kain in Swan Lake (1975). Photo by Anthony Crickmay.

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    Frank Augustyn

    Frank Augustyn and Veronica Tennant in Giselle. Photo by Andrew Oxenham.

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    Frank Augustyn 

    Karen Kain and Frank Augustyn in Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Christopher Darling.

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    Frank Augustyn 

    Frank Augustyn, Karen Kain and Alexander Grant in front of the Bolshoi Theatre (1977). Photo by Barry Gray.

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    Frank Augustyn 

    Frank Augustyn, Karen Kain and Brian Linehan in TV studio (ca. 1973). Photographer unknown.

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    Frank Augustyn 

    Karen Kain and Frank Agustyn in The Sleeping Beauty (ca. 1974). Photo by Martha Swope.

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    Frank Augustyn 

    Frank Augustyn in La Fille mal Gardée. Photo by Andrew Oxenham.

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    Frank Augustyn 

    Frank Augustyn and Sabina Allemann in Onegin (1984). Photo by Barry Gray.

 

Jennifer Fournier, Dancer 1986 – 2008.
Jennifer Fournier was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and received her ballet training at Canada's National Ballet School. She joined the National Ballet in 1986 and retired as a Principal Dancer in 2008 after a distinguished 22-year career. Known for her sensuality, sublime musicality, and unique dramatic power, Ms. Fournier excelled in both the classical and contemporary repertoire. She had a special affinity for the ballets of Glen Tetley, George Balanchine, and James Kudelka. She also danced with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet from 2001 until 2003. Ms. Fournier will graduate with an Honours B.A. from Trinity College at the University of Toronto in June 2012, and will attend the University of Toronto law school in the fall. She is married to journalist Marty Cej, and is the mother of two children, Olivia and Henry.

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    Jennifer Fournier 

    Jennifer Fournier. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Jennifer Fournier

    Jennifer Fournier in Sphinx (1982). Photo by Lydia Pawelak.

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    Jennifer Fournier

    Rex Harrington and Jennifer Fournier in Serenade (1996). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Jennifer Fournie 

    Ryan Boorne and Jennifer Fournier in The Four Temperaments (1997). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Jennifer Fournier 

    Jennifer Fournier in Coppélia (1998). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Jennifer Fournier 

    Jennifer Fournier with Artists of the Ballet in Swan Lake (2003). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Jennifer Fournier 

    Jennifer Fournier with Artists of the Ballet in The Contract (The Pied Piper) (2002). Photo by Andrew Oxenham.

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    Jennifer Fournier 

    Jennifer Fournier in her farewell performance, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan (2008). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Jennifer Fournier 

    Jennifer Fournier with Celia Franca (1980).

 

Lorna Geddes, Dancer and Ballet Mistress 1959 - present.
Principal Character Artist Lorna Geddes has danced with the National Ballet for 53 years. Born in Waterloo, Ontario, she joined the company in 1959 following study with Betty Oliphant, founder of Canada’s National Ballet School. She danced in the company’s Corps de Ballet performing a wide range of featured roles and became a Principal Character Artist in 2005.

Beloved for her many character roles including the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, the Nurse in Onegin and Romeo and Juliet, the Countess in The Sleeping Beauty, Winter in The Four Seasons and Baba in The Nutcracker Ms. Geddes delights National Ballet audiences with her charming stage presence. In 1984, Ms. Geddes was appointed Assistant Ballet Mistress with the company, a position she still holds today. In that role she is able to share her formidable experience, skill and intuitive command of the art of ballet to new generations of dancers.

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    Lorna Geddes 

    Lorna Geddes in Serenade (1964). Photo by Ken Bell.

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    Lorna Geddes

    Lorna Geddes and Rosemary Jeanes in The Nutcracker (1971). Photo by Anthony Crickmay.

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    Lorna Geddes

    Lorna Geddes, Sergiu Stefanschi and Wendy Reiser in Swan Lake (1971). Photo by Anthony Crickmay.

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    Lorna Geddes 

    Lorna Geddes (1976). Photo by Andrew Oxenham.

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    Lorna Geddes 

    Rex Harrington with Artists of the Ballet in The Four Seasons (1997). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Lorna Geddes 

    Lorna Geddes and Sonia Rodriguez with Artists of the Ballet in Giselle (2000). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Lorna Geddes 

    Lorna Geddes with Artists of the Ballet in The Firebird (2002). Photo by Andrew Oxenham.

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    Lorna Geddes 

    Elena Lobsanova and Lorna Geddes in Romeo and Juliet (2011). Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    Lorna Geddes 

    Lorna Geddes. Photo by Sian Richards.

 

Margaret Illmann, Dancer 1989 - 1996.
A mesmerizing stage presence, Margaret Illmann thrilled audiences with her dramatic portrayals in many leading roles. She joined the National Ballet in 1989 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1991. After leaving the company in 1996 she danced with Stuttgart Ballet, Berlin Deutsch Oper, Staatsoper Berlin and Vienna Staatsoper. Margaret has returned to her native Australia and now works as a teacher and coach and is currently in the last year of a physiotherapy degree.

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    Margaret Illmann (1995/96). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    margaret illmann - Giselle 

    Margaret Illmann and Victoria Bertram as Giselle and Berthe with Artists of the Ballet in Giselle (1995). Photo by Lydia Pawelak.

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    margaret illmann - Swan Lake 

    Margaret Illmann and Vladimir Malakhov as Swan Queen and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake (1979-1999). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Margaret Illmann and Robert Tewsley as Juliet and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (1995). Photo by Andrew Oxenham.

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    Margaret Illmann in Oracle (1994). Photo by Andrew Oxenham.

 

Martine Lamy, Dancer 1983 - 2005.
Martine Lamy was born in Trois Rivières, Québec. She trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, joined the National Ballet in 1983 and rose quickly through the ranks becoming a Principal Dancer in 1990. One of the company’s greatest dance-actresses, she thrilled audiences with her passionate performances including lead roles in Manon, The Contract (The Pied Piper), Onegin, Giselle, La Fille mal gardée and Don Quixote. Martine retired in 2005 and later enrolled in the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School. She graduated in 2008 with distinction, receiving the prestigious Betty Oliphant Award. Since 2009 she has been a full time ballet teacher at the NBS. 

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    Martine Lamy. 

    Martine Lamy. Photo by Rick McGinnis.

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    Martine Lamy (2002)

    Martine Lamy (2002). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Martine Lamy as Manon.

    Martine Lamy as Manon in Manon (1995). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Martine Lamy as Eva in The Contract. 

    Martine Lamy as Eva in The Contract (The Pied Piper) (2002). Photo by Andrew Oxenham.

  • Martine Lamy with Aleksandar Antonijevic in La Ronde.
    Martine Lamy with Aleksandar Antonijevic in La Ronde. 

    Martine Lamy with Aleksandar Antonijevic in La Ronde. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Martine Lamy with Serge Lavoie in La Fille mal Gardée. 

    Martine Lamy as Lise with Serge Lavoie as Colas in La Fille mal gardée (1992). Photo by Lydia Pawelak.

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    Martine Lamy as Autumn in The Four Seasons. 

    Martine Lamy in Autumn from The Four Seasons (2001). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Martine Lamy in the second detail. 

    Martine Lamy in the second detail (1992). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Martine Lamy 

    Martine Lamy as a child at Canada's National Ballet School.

 

Nadia Potts, Dancer 1966 - 1986.
Nadia Potts studied with Betty Oliphant and became one of the first students at the National Ballet School when it opened in 1959. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1966, becoming a Principal Dancer in 1969. One of the National Ballet’s most celebrated dancers, she also appeared as Guest Artist with many companies around the world. After retiring from the company in 1986 Nadia pursued a career in teaching, becoming the Program Director of the Ryerson Theatre School Dance Program in 1989, a position she holds to this day.

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    Nadia Potts 

    Nadia Potts. Photo by Bev Rockett.

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    Nadia Potts

    Nadia Potts and Tomas Schramek as Lise and Colas in La Fille mal gardée (1976). Photo by Andrew Oxenham.

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    Nadia Potts

    Nadia Potts and Mikhail Baryshnikov as the Sylph and James in La Sylphide (1974). Photo by Martha Swope.

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    Nadia Potts 

    Nadia Potts and Rudolf Nureyev as Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty (1972).

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    Nadia Potts 

    Nadia Potts as Black Swan in Swan Lake (1972). Photo by Anthony Crickmay.

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    Nadia Potts 

    Nadia Potts as the Red Hat Girl in Elite Syncopations (1983). Photo by Andrew Oxenham.

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    Nadia Potts 

    Nadia Potts during the curtain call for her farewell performance in La Fille mal gardée (March 1, 1986).

 

Kevin Pugh, Dancer 1978 – 1991.
Kevin Pugh was one of the National Ballet’s biggest stars in the 1980’s, known for his electric stage presence and powerful jumps. He trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1978 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1984. He dazzled audiences as Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Colas in La Fille mal gardée, Basilio in Don Quixote and Oberon and Puck in The Dream. Kevin retired from the stage in 1991 and is now a renowned teacher with his own school, DanceTeq, which operates out of The Walter Carsen Centre for The National Ballet of Canada. Kevin was recently honoured by Dance Immersion’s Tribute: A Moving History of Canadian Blacks in Dance, celebrating black dance artists who have contributed to dance in Canada and internationally.

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    Kevin Pugh 

    Kevin Pugh. Photo by David Street.

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    Kevin Pugh

    Kevin Pugh in The Sleeping Beauty (1982). Photo by Andrew Oxenham.

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    Kevin Pugh

    Kevin Pugh in Don Quixote (1988). Photo by Barry Gray.

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    Kevin Pugh 

    Yoko Ichino and Kevin Pugh in La Fille mal gardée (1984). Photo by Barry Gray.

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    Kevin Pugh 

    Yoko Ichino and Kevin Pugh in La Bayadere (1988). Photo by David Street.

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    Kevin Pugh 

    Kevin Pugh in The Dream (1985). Photo by David Street.

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    Kevin Pugh 

    Kevin Pugh in Sphinx (1983). Photo by Andrew Oxenham.

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    Kevin Pugh 

    Karen Kain and Kevin Pugh with Artists of the Ballet in The Merry Widow (1989). Photo by David Street.

 

Grant Strate, Dancer and Choreographer 1951 - 1970.
One of Canada’s most accomplished dance artists, Grant Strate was a charter member of the National Ballet and danced with the company from 1951-1962. He was also the company’s first Resident Choreographer from 1964-1970. In 1970 he created Canada's first university dance program at York University in Toronto and in 1980 joined Simon Fraser University in Burnaby B.C. as Director for the Centre for the Arts.  Following his retirement Mr. Strate continues to be active as a teacher and choreographer. 

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    Grant Strate 

    Grant Strate (1956). Photo by Ken Bell.

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    Grant Strate 

    Grant Strate as Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (1964). Photo by Ken Bell.

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    Grant Strate 

    Grant Strate as Hilarion in Giselle (1953). Photo by Ken Bell.

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    Grant Strate 

    Grant Strate as Dr. Coppélius in Coppelia (1954).

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    Grant Strate 

    Grant Strate and Lilian Jarvis in L'Apres-Midi d'un Faune (1955). Photograph by Ken Bell.

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    Grant Strate 

    Joysanne Sidimus and Jeremy Blanton in House of Atreus (1964). Choreographed by Grant Strate. Photograph by Ken Bell.