Rebekah Rimsay

Rebekah Rimsay 2013-14 Photo Credits

Rebekah Rimsay, photo by Sian Richards.

Biography

Rebekah Rimsay was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1987, became a First Soloist in 1998 and was promoted to Principal Character Artist in 2012.  

As a Principal Character Artist, Ms. Rimsay repertoire includes such roles as Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Baba in The Nutcracker. 

Ms. Rimsay’s repertoire also includes featured roles in Onegin, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, La Fille mal gardée, The Merry Widow, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Washington Square, The Seagull, Apollo, Carmen, Jewels, Serenade, West Side Story Suite, The Man in Black, In the Night and 24 Preludes by Chopin. She has created a number of notable roles in works by James Kudelka, including An Italian Straw Hat, Cinderella, The Contract (The Pied Piper) and The Four Seasons. Recently, Ms. Rimsay danced in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier.  

Ms. Rimsay was the recipient of the William Marrié Award for Dramatic Achievement for Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty in 2010 and she won the same award for her role as the Stepsister in Cinderella in 2004. 

Quotes

Cinderella  
“From their first entrance on stage to the final curtain calls, the stepsisters almost steal the show with their over the top antics… Rimsay has perfected the role since dancing in the premiere in 2004. Her comic timing is spot-on and her facial expressions priceless.” Danceview Times, 2010 

The Sleeping Beauty 
“Rebekah Rimsay radiated wickedness as the evil Carabosse. One audience member compared her chilling performance to Celia Franca’s – the company’s first artistic director, who played the role to much acclaim in the National’s inaugural performance of TheSleeping Beauty.” The National Post, 2012 

Don Quixote 
“Gilding the lily is the tavern dancer Rebekah Rimsay who seduces with her castanets.” The Globe and Mail, 2011