Robert Stephen

Robert Stephen 14/15 Photo Credits

Robert Stephen. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

Biography

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.

Quotes

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 

Romeo and Juliet 
“Robert Stephen’s Benvolio was sleek and played to the right pitch.” Dance Europe, 2013 

Watch her 
“Robert Stephen, a strikingly versatile dancer and consistently compelling stage presence, seems highly combustible here.” Dance International, 2010