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Swan Lake Principal Casting Announced

Featuring Six Debuts
Maria Kochetkova Appears as Guest Principal Artist


May 12, 2022… Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for the world premiere of Swan Lake, directed and staged by Karen Kain. The newly imagined production will feature six debuts in the principal roles of Odette/Odile and Siegfried. Swan Lake is onstage June 10 – 26, 2022 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. #SwanLakeNBC

Dancing the principal roles of Odette/Odile and Siegfried will be Principal Dancers Jurgita Dronina and Harrison James*, Svetlana Lunkina and Brendan Saye, Heather Ogden and Ben Rudisin*, Tina Pereira* and Naoya Ebe* and Second Soloists Genevieve Penn Nabity* and Christopher Gerty. Guest Principal Artist Maria Kochetkova will dance the role of Odette/Odile opposite Principal Dancer Siphesihle November* as Siegfried.
*Debut

“I have followed Maria Kotchetkova’s illustrious international career for many years and long admired her exquisite artistry and versatility. I am thrilled she will be making her National Ballet debut in this exciting premiere,” said Muir. “Karen’s inspired new production will be a wonderful vehicle for the depth of talent in our company with many artists making their debuts in the iconic lead roles.”

Kochetkova is an internationally celebrated dancer in demand as a guest artist around the world. She is a former Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, former Lead Principal with English National Ballet and has performed with The Royal Ballet, the Bolshoi and Stanislavsky Theaters in Moscow, the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres in St. Petersburg, Rome Opera and the Tokyo Ballet. This marks Kochetkova’s debut with The National Ballet of Canada and the first time the renowned artist will perform in Canada with a Canadian company.

Performance dates to be announced on May 30, 2022.

Kain’s new staging of Swan Lake gives renewed emphasis to the emotion and humanity of the classic tale and is inspired by Erik Bruhn’s landmark version but in her own bold vision. Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, Swan Lake features set and costume design by Gabriela Týlešová, lighting by Bonnie Beecher and projection design by Sean Nieuwenhuis. Choreography is by Kain, Christopher Stowell and Robert Binet, after Bruhn, Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa.

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BMO Financial Group presents the 2021/22 Season.

Tricon Residential presents Swan Lake.

Swan Lake is produced and commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada. 

Lead philanthropic support for Swan Lake is provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, with generous underwriting from Richard M. Ivey, C.C., an anonymous friend of the National Ballet, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C., The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, Nancy Pencer, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Lawrence Schafer Foundation, Gretchen Ross & Donald Ross, O.C., Anne-Marie Canning, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Tim & Frances Price, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada, Kevin Garland & Roger Garland, C.M. and Aaron & Heather Regent. Additional support provided by The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers’ Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin Garland & Roger Garland, C.M., Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry & Joan Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation, Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

The National Ballet also acknowledges support for Swan Lake provided by An Anonymous Supporter, Judi Conacher, Sherry & Edward Drew, The H. John McDonald Foundation and Julie Medland.

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. 

Siphesihle November is sponsored through Dancers First by Jerry & Joan Lozinski.

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

Ben Rudisin is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin Vaile Robinson.  

Christopher Gerty is sponsored through Dancers First by Ms. Nancy Viner & Dr. Raymond Stein.

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 with the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage; and the Government of Ontario with the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Svetlana Lunkina. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

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