Aleksandar Antonijevic

Aleksandar Antonijevic 2013-14 Photo Credits

Aleksandar Antonijevic. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    Aleksandar Antonijevic head shot 2008

    Aleksandar Antonijevic. Photo by Sian Richards.

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    Aleksandar Antonijevic 2012/13

    Aleksandar Antonijevic. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic

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    Aleksandar Antonijevic in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Aleksandar Antonijevic in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann. 

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    Aleksandar Antonijevic in Onegin

    Aleksandar Antonijevic and Sonia Rodriguez in Onegin. Photo by Sian Richards. 

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    Aleksandar Antonijevic and Artists of the Ballet in Giselle

    Aleksandar Antonijevic in Giselle. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Aleksandar Antonijevic in Apollo

    Aleksandar Antonijevic Apollo. Photo by Peter Stipcevich.

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    Aleksandar Antonijevic in Swan Lake

    Aleksandar Antonijevic in Swan Lake. Photo by Lydia Pawelak.

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    Aleksandar Antonijevic in Song of a Wayfarer

    Aleksandar Antonijevic and Piotr Stanczyk in Song of a Wayfarer. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

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    Aleksandar Antonijevic in Etudes

    Aleksandar Antonijevic with Artists of the Ballet in Etudes. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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    Aleksandar Antonijevic - Practice

    Aleksandar Antonijevic. Photo by Sian Richards.

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    Aleksandar Antonijevic Interview
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    Celebrating 20 Brilliant Years with Principal Dancer Aleksandar Antonijevic

Biography

A native of Yugoslavia, Aleksandar Antonijevic studied at the National Ballet School in Novi Sad and joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1991. He has been a Principal Dancer since 1995.  

Mr. Antonijevic has danced in most of the major works in the company’s repertoire including principal roles in Giselle, Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Manon and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as well as numerous George Balanchine ballets, including Apollo, Diamonds and Rubies from Jewels, Theme and Variations and Stravinsky Violin Concerto. He has performed lead roles in Opus 19/The Dreamer, the second detail, Forgotten Land, Etudes, Song of a Wayfarer and Chroma. He created several roles in works by James Kudelka, including Prince Ivan in The Firebird and Siegfried in Swan Lake. Most recently, Mr. Antonijevic danced the role of Petruschka in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier.  

An accomplished international guest artist, Mr. Antonijevic has performed with English National Ballet, Inoue Ballet Japan, Ballet Santiago of Chile and PACT Ballet South Africa and has partnered many of the world’s finest prima ballerinas, including Susan Jaffe, Vivana Durante, Lucia LaCarra and Evelyn Hart. 

Mr. Antonijevic is also a photographer. His work has been featured at CONTACT, Toronto’s annual international photography festival and in six private exhibitions. He has photographed the company as well as the Principal Dancers. 

In 2011, Mr. Antonijevic was awarded the Rolex Dancers First Award for his role as the White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and in 2009, he won the Dancers First Award for his portrayal of Don José in Carmen. 

Quotes

Onegin 
“The performance of his career. He imbues the character with such pools of darkness, such wellsprings of suppressed fire that the sexual tension here is palpable.” Ballet Review, 2010 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 
“Aleksandar Antonijevic's manic movements as The White Rabbit reveal this longtime Principal Dancer's range and versatility.” National Post, 2012 

Apollo 
“Antonijevic gets closer to the unattainable with each performance.” The Toronto Star, 2011