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The Winter's Tale "A Spectacular Work"

October 17, 2017

Opens 2017/18 Season
Debuts by Harrison James, Greta Hodgkinson and Tina Pereira

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada today announced the principal casting for The Winter’s Tale by Christopher Wheeldon. A co-production with The Royal Ballet (UK), The Winter’s Tale opens the National Ballet’s 2017/18 season on November 10, 2017 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

“It takes us on a great arc of emotion and experience, capturing the play’s themes of death and regeneration, hostility and reconciliation” The New York Times

“Fantastic production” New York Magazine

“    ★★★★ /4 An operatically epic Shakespearean ballet… a spectacular work that will stand the test of time… packed with inventive steps and spectacular scenic effects” Toronto Star

“The Winter’s Tale dazzles with its visual drama, choreography”
The Washington Post

“Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale is that rare accomplishment: a brand new story ballet that speaks to today’s audience.” Dance Magazine

The opening night cast will feature Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk and First Soloist Hannah Fischer who reprise the lead roles of Leontes and Hermione. Performing the roles of Perdita and Florizel will be Principal Dancers Jillian Vanstone and Naoya Ebe. Principal Dancers Harrison James and Xiao Nan Yu will dance the roles of Polixenes and Paulina.

Reprising the role of Leontes will be Principal Dancers Guillaume Côté and Evan McKie, with Mr. James making his debut. Principal Dancers Jurgita Dronina, Heather Ogden and Sonia Rodriguez will dance the role of Hermione.

The role of Perdita will also be performed by Second Soloist Rui Huang, with First Soloist Tina Pereira making her debut in the role. First Soloists Skylar Campbell, Francesco Gabriele Frola and Dylan Tedaldi will dance the role of Florizel. First Soloist Brendan Saye and Second Soloist Félix Paquet will perform the role of Polixenes. Principal Dancer Svetlana Lunkina and First Soloist Tanya Howard will dance the role of Paulina and Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson will make her debut in the role.

The National Ballet of Canada’s most recent collaboration with The Royal Ballet saw dancers from each company perform The Dreamers Ever Leave You by Choreographic Associate Robert Binet to sold-out audiences at The Printworks, Canada Water in London, October 12 – 13, 2017. The Winter’s Tale is the second co-production between the National Ballet and The Royal Ballet, the first being the smash hit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Based on the play by Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale is a story of loss and redemption, a meditation on love, jealousy and the nature of family. Combining elements of fairy tale, comedy, tragedy and fantasy, The Winter’s Tale, by renowned British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, features an original score by Joby Talbot, designs by Bob Crowley and lighting by Natasha Katz.

Casting

Leontes, King of Sicilia
Piotr Stanczyk (November 10, 15 at 7:30 pm/November 18 at 2:00 pm)
Evan McKie (November 11, 17 at 7:30 pm/November 16 at 2:00 pm)
Guillaume Côté (November 12 at 2:00 pm/November 18 at 7:30 pm)
Harrison James* (November 16 at 7:30 pm/November 19 at 2:00 pm)

Hermione, Queen of Sicilia
Hannah Fischer (November 10, 15 at 7:30 pm/November 18 at 2:00 pm)
Jurgita Dronina (November 11, 17 at 7:30 pm/November 16 at 2:00 pm)
Heather Ogden (November 12 at 2:00 pm/November 18 at 7:30 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (November 16 at 7:30 pm/November 19 at 2:00 pm)

Perdita, Princess of Sicilia
Jillian Vanstone (November 10, 11, 15 at 7:30 pm/November 18 at 2:00 pm)
Rui Huang (November 12, 16 at 2:00 pm/November 17, 18 at 7:30 pm)
Tina Pereira* (November 16 at 7:30 pm/November 19 at 2:00 pm)

Paulina, Head of Queen Hermione’s Household
Xiao Nan Yu (November 10, 15 at 7:30 pm/November 18 at 2:00 pm)
Svetlana Lunkina (November 11, 17 at 7:30 pm/November 16 at 2:00 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson* (November 12 at 2:00 pm/November 18 at 7:30 pm)
Tanya Howard (November 16 at 7:30 pm/November 19 at 2:00 pm)

Polixenes, King of Bohemia
Harrison James (November 10, 15 at 7:30 pm/November 18 at 2:00 pm)
Brendan Saye (November 11, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm/November 12, 16 at 2:00 pm)
Félix Paquet (November 16 at 7:30 pm/November 19 at 2:00 pm)

Florizel, Prince of Bohemia
Naoya Ebe (November 10, 15 at 7:30 pm/November 18 at 2:00 pm)
Francesco Gabriele Frola (November 11, 17 at 7:30 pm/November 16 at 2:00 pm)
Skylar Campbell (November 12 at 2:00 pm/November 18 at 7:30 pm)
Dylan Tedaldi (November 16 at 7:30 pm/November 19 at 2:00 pm)

*Debut

Casting subject to change.

More information on The Winter’s Tale >


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The Winter’s Tale presented by Coty Canada.

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.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Susanne Boyce & Brendan Mullen, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Rosamond Ivey, 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., Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan, Sandra Simpson and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont.

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

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.

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

Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.

Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.

Svetlana Lunkina is sponsored through Dancers First by Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C.

Evan McKie is sponsored through Dancers First by Simona Shnaider.

Heather Ogden is sponsored through Dancers First by Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin.

Jillian Vanstone is sponsored through Dancers First by George & Kathy Dembroski.

Skylar Campbell is sponsored through Dancers First by Tricia Younger.

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

Francesco Gabriele Frola is sponsored through Dancers First by Sherry and Edward Drew.

Tanya Howard is sponsored through Dancers First by Nancy Pencer.

Tina Pereira is sponsored through Dancers First by The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C.
Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin Robinson.

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

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.

Contact Information

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