A native of Montréal,
Québec, Etienne Lavigne trained at L'École supérieure de ballet contemporain de
Montréal, San Francisco
and National Ballet of Cuba. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1997
and was promoted to First Soloist in 2007.
Recently, Mr. Lavigne danced the roles of Tybalt and Lord Montague in the
world premiere of Romeo and Juliet by
Alexei Ratmansky. He also performed in the North American premieres of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by
Christopher Wheeldon and Hamlet by
Mr. Lavigne's repertoire also includes principal
roles in The Sleeping Beauty,
Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Onegin, Don
Quixote, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Widow, The
Firebird, Madame Butterfly, The Seagull, Song of the Earth,
Symphony in C, Polyphonia and Emergence.
In 2009, Mr. Lavigne was awarded the David Tory
Award and appeared in the role of Erik Bruhn in the Bravo! TV docudrama Nureyev.
Romeo and Juliet
“Etienne Lavigne is a fierce Tybalt, very striking.”
The Toronto Star, 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
“excellent character sketch provided by Etienne Lavigne as the stiff and rather sad little schoolteacher”
Ballet Review, 2009