Wardrobe Supervisor Marjory Fielding Retires After 24 Years

January 10, 2019

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada announced today that after 24 years of service, Wardrobe Supervisor Marjory Fielding is retiring from the National Ballet. Ms. Fielding’s final day at the National Ballet will be January 11, 2019.

Ms. Fielding joined the National Ballet in 1995. In her role as Wardrobe Supervisor, she has been a critical part of the company’s success and growing international reputation. She has overseen the creation of the costumes for numerous ballets, some of her most memorable projects include Romeo and Juliet (1995) designed by Susan Benson, The Nutcracker and An Italian Straw Hat designed by Santo Loquasto, Jewels designed by Karinska, The Man in Black designed by Hoax Couture and Daphnis and Chloë designed by Willa Kim, among others. She has worked with Artistic Directors Karen Kain and James Kudelka as well as with many of the renowned choreographers who have created works for the National Ballet including John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, Crystal Pite, Christopher Wheeldon and Guillaume Côté.

We have been so fortunate to benefit from Marjory’s expertise for over two decades. Her exceptional leadership has made the National Ballet’s wardrobe department one of the best in the world, revered by designers and choreographers alike. We wish her the very best,” said Ms. Kain.

Having worked for most of the major performing arts organizations in Toronto, Ms. Fielding is known internationally for her costume painting and dyeing. She got her start painting for theatre with the Toronto production of Cats in the 1980s and went on to such Live Entertainment and Mirvish Productions as The Lion King, Mamma Mia! and Hairspray. Ms. Fielding has also worked on many Canadian Opera Company productions including Golden Ass and The Ring Cycle.

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Romeo and Juliet has been totally underwritten by Walter Carsen.

The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lawrence and Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.

An Italian Straw Hat is generously supported by Gretchen and Donald Ross.

Jewels is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

The Man in Black is generously supported by Gail Hutchison.

Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M.

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 Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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