Robert Binet was born in Toronto, Canada and trained at Canada’s
National Ballet School. During his time at Canada’s National Ballet School, Mr.
Binet created a large body of works and represented the school as the student
choreographer at Assemblé Internationale 2009, a student-centred festival
celebrating Canada’s National Ballet School’s 50th anniversary. In 2010, Mr.
Binet received the prestigious Peter Dwyer Award from the Canada Council for
the Arts, awarded annually to promising students.
Mr. Binet has created ballets for The National Ballet of Canada’s
2010 and 2012 Choreographic Labs. He also created work for the company’s YOU dance
programme in 2011 and 2012. He participated in the Spring 2011 session of the
New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, where
he created a work to a commissioned score by Gity Razaz.
In the spring of 2011, Mr. Binet shadowed John Neumeier, Artistic
Director and Chief Choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet, through the process of
creating a full-length ballet. Following this, Mr. Binet created his first
full-evening work, Die schöne Müllerin,
for the German National Youth Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet’s second company,
which premiered in 2012.
Mr. Binet participated in DanceLines, a choreographic development
initiative led by Wayne McGregor, at the Royal Opera House in London in 2011
and from 2012–2013, he became the first-ever Choreographic Apprentice for The
Royal Ballet. In this position he was mentored by Wayne McGregor, Resident
Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, and had the opportunity to create works for the
company and for Wayne McGregor|Random Dance. Mr. Binet has also created works
for the Estonian National Ballet and Ballet Black. For the National Ballet’s
60th anniversary gala in June 2012, he created a pas de deux for Principal Dancers
Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden.
Mr. Binet joins The National Ballet of
Canada in the newly created position of Choreographic Associate at the
beginning of the 2013/2014 season.