Etienne Lavigne

Etienne Lavigne 2013-14 Photo Credits

Etienne Lavigne, photo by Sian Richards. 


Etienne Lavigne was born in Montréal, Québec and trained at L'École supérieure de ballet contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Ballet School 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 includes Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Rothbart in Swan Lake, Hilarion in Giselle and Camille in The Merry Widow.  He also performed Principal roles in Song of the Earth, Elite Syncopations, Glass Pieces, Desir 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. 

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


Romeo and Juliet 
“Etienne Lavigne's Tybalt has grown from mere swagger to a complex man of honour… Lavigne's… interpretation [was 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 

The Seagull 
“excellent character sketch provided by Etienne Lavigne as the stiff and rather sad little schoolteacher” Ballet Review, 2009