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.
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
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.
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
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.
“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
Toronto Sun, 2011
“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
“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?
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?
What is your favourite journey?