Etienne Lavigne

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Etienne Lavigne. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.


Etienne Lavigne was born in Montréal, Québec and trained at L'École supérieure de ballet du Québec in Montréal, San Francisco Ballet School in California and National Ballet of Cuba. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1997 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2007.  

Mr. Lavigne's repertoire includesTybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Rothbart in Swan Lake, Peter/The Nutcracker in The NutcrackerHilarion in Giselle and Camille in The Merry Widow. His repertoire also includes principal roles in Song of the Earth, Elite Syncopations, Glass Pieces, Désir and Musings as well as lead roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Onegin, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Widow, The Firebird, Madame Butterfly, The Seagull, Symphony in C, Polyphonia and Emergence. Recently, Mr. Lavigne danced in the world premiere of ... black night’s bright day ... choreographed by James Kudelka. 

Mr. Lavigne was awarded the David Tory Award in 2009 and appeared in the role of Erik Bruhn in the Bravo! TV docudrama Nureyev. 


Swan Lake 
“If anyone dominated the evening it was Etienne Lavigne, not only dancing superbly throughout  and Kudelka gives a lot of the heavy lifting to Rothbart  but injecting the role with palpable malice.” Toronto Star, 2013 

Romeo and Juliet 
“Etienne Lavigne's Tybalt has grown from mere swagger to a complex man of honour… [a] portrait of human frailty”. The Globe and Mail, 2009   

“Etienne Lavigne, whose smoky malevolence as Tybalt crept over the footlights like a fog every time he puts a foot on stage”. Toronto Sun, 2009