Robert Stephen was born in Burlington, Ontario and trained at
Canada’s National Ballet School. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2004
and was promoted to First Soloist in 2011.
Mr. Stephen’s repertoire includes the title role in Hamlet, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Mad Hatter and White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Uncle
Nikolai in The Nutcracker and Winter
in The Four Seasons as well as featured
roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Carmen and La Fille mal gardée.
His repertoire also includes roles in Mozartiana,
Chroma, Russian Seasons, the second
detail, Pur ti Miro, The Man in Black and Emergence. Recently, Mr. Stephen danced
in the North American
premiere of Spectre de la Rose by
Marco Goecke and in the world premiere of ...
black night’s bright day ... choreographed by James Kudelka.
In 2011, Mr. Stephen won the Clifford E. Lee Choreography
Award and created Hold Me, Neighbour, in
this Storm for The Banff Centre. His work Passacaglia won the Audience Choice Award for best new choreography
at The Ninth International
Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize in 2012.
Mr. Stephen was awarded the National Ballet’s Patron Award of
Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada in
2007 and he was the recipient of the Rolex Dancers
First Award in 2012.
Robert Stephen is
sponsored through Dancers First by
Mr. Thor Eaton & The Honourable Nicole Eaton, Senator.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“Among the character highlights: The
tap-dancing Robert Stephen as the Mad Hatter, every click of his feet mimicking
the nonsensical nature of his tea party” Los Angeles Magazine, 2012
Benvolio was sleek and played to the right pitch.” Dance Europe, 2013
“Robert Stephen, a strikingly versatile
dancer and consistently compelling stage presence, seems highly combustible
here.” Dance International, 2010