Xiao Nan Yu Retires with The Merry Widow
March 25, 2019

Principal Dancer Xiao Nan Yu retires from the stage after 22 brilliant years with The National Ballet of Canada with one of her best-known roles, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow. Ms. Yu’s farewell performances take place on Wednesday, June 19 and Saturday June 22 at 7:30. The National Ballet will honour her at the Saturday evening performance.

Xiao Nan Yu on The Merry Widow

“I am at the age where I feel I am very confident and I feel like I can own this character because I have lived through some of the same experiences,” says Nan.

Don’t miss Nan’s final performances this June in The Merry Widow.

Meet a Dancer: Xiao Nan Yu

The Merry Widow is onstage June 19 – 23, 2019. Xiao Nan Yu will perform the lead role of Hanna Glawari on Wednesday, June 19 and Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 pm. The company will honour Ms. Yu at the Saturday evening performance.


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