Greta Hodgkinson

Greta Hodgkinson 2013-14 Photo Credits

Greta Hodgkinson. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    Greta Hodgkinson - head shot 2012

    Greta Hodgkinson. Photograph by Sian Richards.

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    Greta Hodgkinson 2012/13

    Greta Hodgkinson. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    Greta Hodgkinson with Artists of the Ballet in Giselle

    Greta Hodgkinson with Artists of the Ballet in Giselle. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann. 

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    Greta Hodgkinson and Guest Artist Marcelo Gomez in Sleeping Beauty

    Greta Hodgkinson and Guest Artist Marcelo Gomez in The Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann. 

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    Greta Hodgkinson in Swan Lake

    Greta Hodgkinson in Swan Lake. Photo by Lydia Pawelak. 

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    Greta Hodgkinson in Onegin

    Greta Hodgkinson in Onegin. Photo by Sian Richards.

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    Greta Hodgkinson and Aleksandar Antonijevic in Hermann Schmermann

    Greta Hodgkinson and Aleksandar Antonijevic in Hermann Schmermann. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann. 

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    Greta Hodgkinson in Other Dances

    Greta Hodgkinson in Other Dances. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

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    Greta Hodgkinson in The Rooster

    Greta Hodgkinson in rehearsal. Photo by Sian Richards.

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    Greta Hodgkinson backstage 2007

    Greta Hodgkinson preparing for The Nutcracker. Photo by Sian Richards. 

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Biography

Born in Providence, Rhode Island and trained Festival Ballet of Rhode Island and The National Ballet School, Greta Hodgkinson joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1990, where she has been a Principal Dancer since 1996.   

An artist acclaimed for her dazzling technical virtuosity, dramatic intensity and articulate characterization, she is the complete ballerina, par excellence, and one of the National Ballet’s great treasures. Ms. Hodgkinson has performed every leading role in the classical repertoire and her talents extend to the contemporary repertoire as well. She has had numerous roles created for her by world renowned choreographers and has worked closely with such icons as William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Glen Tetley, John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, James Kudelka and Crystal Pite. 

As a guest artist, Ms. Hodgkinson has appeared with The Mariinsky Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, The Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Munich Ballet, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, the Gala des Etoiles, Stars of the 21st Century and International Ballet Galas in the USA, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada. Ms. Hodgkinson was invited to tour Japan dancing Swan Lake with K-Ballet, partnered by Tetsuya Kumakawa. She also performed at The World Ballet Festival in Tokyo, with frequent partner Roberto Bolle. 

Ms. Hodgkinson’s film credits include a collaboration with director Moze Mossanen in the title role in the film Roxana, based on the novel by Daniel Defoe, the role of Margot Fonteyn in the Bravo! TV docudrama, Nureyev, CBC’s Romeos and Juliets and The Rings of Saturn. She also appeared in the title role in The Firebird, The Four Seasons (starring in Summer), A Dancer’s Story-50 Years of The National Ballet of Canada (dancing The Sleeping Beauty pas de deux) and as a guest star on the premiere of the Canadian comedy television series Baxter. In 2013, Ms. Hodgkinson performed Giselle in Emerging Pictures’ film, Ballet’s Greatest Hits, a ballet gala filmed and presented in over 200 cinemas throughout North America. 

Ms. Hodgkinson has received two Citations from the State of Rhode Island. One of the highest honours given by the state, the Citations are in recognition of her extraordinary talents and accomplishments as a world class prima ballerina and her outstanding contribution to arts and culture in the USA. 

Quotes

Other Dances 
“Greta Hodgkinson a wonder in Other Dances… With a veritable mountain of work behind her, Greta Hodgkinson is today standing, in every sense, at the very apex of her career… With seemingly effortless style, she serves up a mix of skill, experience, knowledge and artistry that is as intoxicating as it is sweet, leaving one wishing she could dance for 20 years more and almost convinced that she can.Toronto Sun, 2011

Giselle 
“Hodgkinson joins the great Giselles of our time. Here is the sweet innocence of Evelyn Hart, the lost passion of Alicia Alonso and the heartbreaking desperation of Natalia Makarova. She’s one of the great Giselles.” The Hamilton Spectator, 2012

Feature Article 
“Principal dancer Greta Hodgkinson is among the best I’ve ever seen – certainly the equal of Kain and Tennant in their primes. She can do modern, she can do traditional; onstage, her expressive features transmit her character’s emotions.” Toronto Life, 2006 

Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson answers the National Ballet version of the Proust questionnaire: 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Snuggling with my son, reading a book

What is your biggest fear?
Losing someone I love

Which living person do you most admire?
My husband, First Soloist Etienne Lavigne

What is your greatest extravagance?
It is yet to come

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Have more patience

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Juggling a career and a family

If you died and came back as something else, what would it be?
A musical instrument

What is your most treasured possession?
My family

Which words or phrase do you most overuse?
"I'm just saying..."

What talent do you wish you had?
The ability to play the piano or cello

What trait do you most admire in others?
Intelligence and a sense of humour

What trait to you most deplore in others?
Ignorance

What is your favourite journey?
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