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2017/18 Season Roster Announced

September 5, 2017

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the roster for the 2017/18 season.

The 2017/18 season features a company of 68 dancers and 10 RBC Apprentices. Promoted this season are Emma Hawes, Hannah Fischer and Brendan Saye to First Soloist and Félix Paquet and Ben Rudisin to Second Soloist.

Joining the company’s Corps de Ballet this season are Jimmy Coleman, Peng Fei Jiang, Mallory Mehaffey, Siphesihle November and Chae Eun Yang.

Joining the RBC Apprentice Programme this season are Hannah Galway, Alexandra Hall, Nico Janssen, George Liang, Teagan Richman-Taylor and Alexander Skinner.

In addition to its 22 Canadian-born dancers, the National Ballet has 19 different countries represented on its roster including Australia, China, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Russia and the U.S.

Full biographies and a complete roster >

Celebrating her 20th anniversary with the company is Principal Character Artist Stephanie Hutchison. Ms. Hutchison joined the company in 1997 and was promoted to Principal Character Artist in 2015. Known for her dramatic flair and comedic timing, Ms. Hutchison’s repertoire includes the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and The Queen in Swan Lake to name a few. 

The 2017/18 season begins with the company touring to Paris, France with John Neumeier’s Nijinsky at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, October 3 – 8 and to London, England with Robert Binet’s The Dreamers Ever Leave You at The Printworks, Canada Water, October 12 – 13. In Toronto, the season opens with The Winter’s Tale, November 10 – 19, followed by Nijinsky, November 22 – 26 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

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The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges Margaret Fountain, C.M. and David Fountain as our Exclusive Tour Partners.

Lead philanthropic support for Nijinsky is provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

Lead philanthropic support for The Dreamers Ever Leave You is provided by The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

The initial presentation of The Dreamers Ever Leave You in Toronto was supported by Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Joan & Jerry Lozinski and The Honourable Margaret McCain, C.C.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Judith & Robert Lawrie, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry & Joan Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lynda & Jonas Prince, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C. and Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan.

Coty presents The Winter’s Tale.

Lead philanthropic support for The Winter’s Tale is provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and The Producers’ Circle.

Hannah Fischer is sponsored through Dancers First by Judy & Bella Matthews.

Emma Hawes is sponsored through Dancers First by JJ Dayot & Rick Schiralli.

Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin Robinson.

Félix Paquet is sponsored through Dancers First by Stephen Delaney & Robyn McCallum.

Siphesihle November is sponsored through Dancers First by Jerry & Joan Lozinski.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages; and the Government of Ontario through the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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