Patrick Lavoie was born in Montréal, Québec. He trained at L’École supérieure de ballet contemporain de Montréal and San Francisco Ballet School. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1997 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2003.
Mr. Lavoie has danced the role of Paris in the world premiere of Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmansky and
Polonius in the North American premiere of Hamlet
by Kevin O’Day. He also performed
in the North American premiere of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Christopher
Lavoie has performed Romeo in Romeo and
Juliet, Siegfried in Swan Lake
and Prince Charming in Cinderella, as
well as principal roles in Onegin, The Firebird, Madame Butterfly, An Italian
Straw Hat, The Seagull and The Four Seasons. Also included in his
repertoire are The Sleeping Beauty, Jewels, The Four Seasons, Carmen, The Man in Black and Emergence.
In 2010, Mr. Lavoie danced with the company in 24 Preludes by Chopin at the Cultural Olympiad at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Lavoie was awarded the David Tory Award in 2012 and was the 2001 winner of the Patron
Award of Merit by the Patron’s Council Committee of The National Ballet of
You will be making your debut as Kostya in The Seagull this season. What excites you about taking on this role?
Kostya is a multi-faceted role. Not only is there a lot of depth to his character but there is so much happening between him and all the different characters onstage. It’s also interesting to dance and expand upon a role that has been developed so deeply on page as in Chekhov’s play versus creating a character from scratch.
How does John Neumeier transform Chekhov’s famous play, The Seagull, into dance?
John stays very true to the characters and story of the play. The greatness of Chekhov and other Russian playwrights is how much is not being said. John is wonderful at conveying through dance the subtle themes and feelings that lie beneath the surface in the story.
You are also dancing in The Sleeping Beauty and La Fille mal gardée. How do the three ballets differ in choreographic style?
The Sleeping Beauty is the most classical of classical ballets whereas La Fille mal gardée is a bit more light and down to earth. The Seagull is the opposite and is dark and extremely theatrical.
You have been with the National Ballet for 15 years and have a diverse repertoire of roles. Name some of your favourite roles and what you liked about them?
One of my all time favourite roles is The Man in The Four Seasons – it is so beautiful and well crafted and it was an honour to dance the role – but every role I’ve danced, big or small, has been interesting and rewarding in its own way. It all depends on how much you invest into the role.
Tell us what brought you to ballet. How did you decide to make dance your career?
My sister used to dance ballet as a child so it was natural for my parents to take me along to class as well. I fell in love with the physicality of ballet and stayed with it through the years. I chose ballet for my career because of the artistry.
What gives you inspiration as an artist?
Life, the people I meet, my family… inspiration is everywhere. Dance is about the real world, a lot of times, as in The Seagull, where the characters are ones that you can actually relate to.
You recently became a father for the second time. Your daughter Anais was born in October last year. How do you juggle family life and being a dancer?
It’s hard to juggle both, it’s not easy. There are many sleepless nights but you get used to it and it is extremely rewarding to have your kids watch you dance and appreciate what you do.
I like doing active stuff with my kids, such as ice skating and skiing in the winter and playing on the beach during the summer.
The Man in Black
“Patrick Lavoie brought something real and emotional to the
stage with his vulnerable portrayal of a hurting, self-destructive man.”
“Patrick Lavoie debuting as Rothbart was a sensation... he found the evil sorcerer's strength of command without ever losing a stately bearing. His chemistry with both victimized Odette and accomplice Odile was palpable.”
The Globe and Mail, 2010
The Four Temperaments
“From the opening steps, danced with rapier-like precision by Bridgett Zehr and Patrick Lavoie, it is a dance lover's dream”
Toronto Sun, 2009