Karen Kain Honoured With Canada Post Stamp
Commemorative Stamp Released on International Dance Day
April 29, 2021… Barry Hughson, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that Artistic Director Karen Kain is being honoured by Canada Post with a commemorative stamp in celebration of her illustrious 50-year career.
The stamp, featuring a photograph of Ms. Kain in Swan Lake, is released along with a stamp honouring another Canadian ballet legend, Fernand Nault, former Co-Artistic Director of Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montréal. Both stamps are released today to mark International Dance Day.
“I am deeply touched that Canada Post has chosen to honour Canadian ballet with stamps featuring myself and the renowned dancer and choreographer Fernand Nault. This country has a rich dance history and it is wonderful to see the art form celebrated this way,” said Ms. Kain.
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Ms. Kain is one of Canada’s most renowned and committed arts leaders. She is the longest serving Artistic Director of the National Ballet since Founder Celia Franca and has led the organization with great success. She has had an invaluable impact, as both an artist and a leader, on the National Ballet as well as the arts in Canada and around the globe. One of the greatest classical dancers of her generation, she joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1969 and went on to a distinguished career both in Canada and internationally. Ms. Kain retired from dancing in 1997 and was appointed Artistic Director in 2005. Among her many awards and honours, Ms. Kain is a Companion of the Order of Canada and an Officier of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Fernand Nault spent two decades with American Ballet Theatre before joining what is now Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal as Resident Choreographer and Co-Artistic Director in 1965. For more than 25 years, he added a diverse range of works to the company’s repertoire. His long list of accolades includes the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and Québec’s Prix Denise-Pelletier for contributions to the performing arts. Mr. Nault died on December 26, 2006.
About the Stamps
This issue includes two booklets of six Permanent™ domestic rate stamps and a souvenir sheet. Designed by Stéphane Huot and printed by Colour Innovations, each stamp features a dramatic black and white photo of the featured artist in performance, against a simple black (Ms. Kain) or white (M. Nault) background, with metallic gold accents. The stamps are also affixed to two Official First Day Covers cancelled in Ms. Kain and Mr. Nault’s hometowns of Hamilton and Montreal, respectively.
Stamps and collectibles are available at canadapost.ca and postal outlets across Canada.
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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.
Karen Kain. Photo by Andrew Oxenham. Design by Stéphane Huot.
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