Frame by Frame by Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté

Casting Announced


May 16, 2023… Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the casting for Frame by Frame, a collaboration between renowned theatre director Robert Lepage and choreographer Guillaume Côté. Frame by Frame opens the National Ballet’s Summer Season at Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and is onstage June 2 – 11. #FramebyFrameNBC 

Frame by Frame was created in 2018 and the acclaimed production returns with an almost entirely new cast and several debuts. A multi-disciplinary experience like no other, Frame by Frame explores the life of Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren, whose pioneering advancements in animation led to a prolific career with the National Film Board of Canada and influenced filmmakers worldwide. The ballet brings McLaren’s films to life frame by frame, with a riveting mix of dance and technology, including live camera work, interspersed with footage from his ground-breaking films. 

The opening night performance on June 2 will feature First Soloist Jack Bertinshaw as Norman McLaren, a role he created in 2018. Debuts include Second Soloist Kota Sato as Guy Glover, Second Soloist Hannah Galway as Evelyn Lambart and First Soloist Alexandra MacDonald as Margaret Mercier. Principal Dancer Harrison James will reprise his role of Vincent Warren. 

Casting  

Norman McLaren 
Jack Bertinshaw (June 2, 3, 7, 8, 10 at 7:30 pm/ June 11 at 2:00 pm) 
Spencer Hack* (June 3, 4 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm) 

Guy Glover 
Alexander Skinner* (June 2, 3, 7, 8, 10 at 7:30 pm/ June 11 at 2:00 pm) 
Josh Hall* (June 3, 4 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm) 

Grant Munroe 
Albjon Gjorllaku* (June 2, 3, 7, 8, 10 at 7:30 pm/ June 11 at 2:00 pm) 
Jason Ferro* (June 3, 4 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm) 

John Grierson 
Trygve Cumpston* (June 2, 3, 7, 8, 10 at 7:30 pm/ June 11 at 2:00 pm) 
Teagan Richman-Taylor* (June 3, 4 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm) 

Oscar Peterson 
Wellesley Robertson† 

Evelyn Lambart 
Hannah Galway* (June 2, 3, 7, 10 at 7:30 pm) 
Jeannine Haller* (June 3, 4 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm) 
Tirion Law* (June 8 at 7:30 pm/ 11 at 2:00 pm) 

Maurice Blackburn 
Harrison James (June 2, 3, 7, 10 at 7:30 pm) 
Ben Rudisin* (June 3, 4 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm) 
Larkin Miller* (June 8 at 7:30 pm/ 11 at 2:00 pm) 

Rene Jodoin 
Noah Parets* (June 2, 3, 7, 10 at 7:30 pm) 
Isaac Wright* (June 3, 4 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm) 
Josh Hall* (June 8 at 7:30 pm/ 11 at 2:00 pm) 

Ludmilla Chiriaeff 
Chelsy Meiss* (June 2, 3, 7, 8, 10 at 7:30 pm/ June 11 at 2:00 pm) 
Selene Guerrero-Trujillo* (June 3, 4 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm) 

Margaret Mercier 
Alexandra MacDonald* (June 2, 3, 7, 10 at 7:30 pm) 
Tanya Howard* (June 3, 4 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm) 
Genevieve Penn Nabity* (June 8 at 7:30 pm/ 11 at 2:00 pm) 

Vincent Warren 
Harrison James (June 2, 3, 7, 10 at 7:30 pm) 
Ben Rudisin* (June 3, 4 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm) 
Larkin Miller* (June 8 at 7:30 pm/ 11 at 2:00 pm) 

Anna-Marie Holmes 
Calley Skalnik* (June 2, 3, 7, 8, 10 at 7:30 pm/ June 11 at 2:00 pm) 
Brenna Flaherty* (June 3, 4 at 2:00 pm/ June 9 at 7:30 pm) 

*Debut  †Guest Artist  

Casting subject to change.  

About  Frame by Frame > 
Read Article: The Art of Frame by Frame >
Read Article: The Life and Works of Norman McLaren > 

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2022/23 Season Sponsor: BMO Financial Group. 

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.  

The 2023 restaging of Frame by Frame is generously supported by Valerie and Hunter Thompson in honour of Kiki Delaney.  

The Producers’ Circle (2018): 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 Lozinski, O.C. & Joan Lozinski, O.C., The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado, C.M. & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lynda & Jonas Prince, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., K.C., Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan and Noreen Taylor, C.M. & David Staines, C.M., O.Ont. 

Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White. 
 
Genevieve Penn Nabity is sponsored through Dancers First by George & Kathy Dembroski. 
 
Ben Rudisin is sponsored through Dancers First by Sylvie Allard & Brian O’Keefe. 
 
Jack Bertinshaw is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor. 
 
Jeannine Haller is sponsored through Dancers First by Devida & Derek Smith. 
 
Alexandra MacDonald is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.   
 
Chelsy Meiss is sponsored through Dancers First by Anne-Marie Canning. 

Calley Skalnik is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor. 
 
Hannah Galway is sponsored through Dancers First by Alison & Alan Schwartz.  
 
Noah Parets is sponsored through Dancers First by John Covington Jr & Robert Lukey. 
 
Kota Sato is sponsored through Dancers First by Tony Arrell, C.M. & Anne Arrell. 
 
Teagan Richman-Taylor is sponsored through Dancers First by Devida & Derek Smith.

Alexander Skinner is sponsored through Dancers First by Anne & David LeGresley. 

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 Toronto Arts Council; 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 Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. 
 
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Harrison James and Heather Ogden in Frame by Frame. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

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