Guillaume Côté Appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec

May 13, 2021… Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté has been appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec for his significant contribution to the arts in Québec. The honour was announced by Québec Premier François Legault on May 11 along with 42 other appointments. Recipients will be decorated at a virtual ceremony held on Tuesday, June 22, at 2:00 pm.

A Principal Dancer since 2004, Mr. Côté joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1998. Born in Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec, he trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. With the National Ballet, Mr. Côté has danced most of the principal roles in both the classical and contemporary repertoire. In demand internationally as a guest artist, he has performed with Teatro alla Scala, English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and The Mikhailovsky Theatre, to name a few. 

A talented choreographer, musician and composer, Mr. Côté was appointed Choreographic Associate in 2013, creating acclaimed works for the company such as Frame by Frame with Robert Lepage, Le Petit Prince and Being and Nothingness, which was performed as part of the National Ballet’s first-ever tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2018.

Mr. Côté has also led Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, one of the largest summer dance festivals in Canada, as Artistic Director since 2014.

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Founded in 1984, l’Ordre national du Québec is the most prestigious recognition awarded by the province of Québec. Other recipients appointed this year include director Charles Binamé, actress Louise Latraverse and businessman Andrew Molson.

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Lead philanthropic support for Frame by Frame is generously provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, with additional support from First Plazas Inc. in memory of Avie Bennett, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Rosamond Ivey, The Hal Jackman Foundation and The Producers’ Circle. 

Leadership support for Le Petit Prince has been generously provided by Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M.

Lead philanthropic support for Being and Nothingness is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Producers’ Circle.

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 Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Guillaume Côté. Photo by Karolina Kuras. 

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