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 Nutcracker, Hilarion 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.
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