Brendan Saye Joins Wiener Staatsballett

Departs End of 2021/22 Season

April 5, 2022… Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that Principal Dancer Brendan Saye will depart The National Ballet of Canada to join Wiener Staatsballett as a Principal Dancer at the end of the 2021/22 season.

“Although he will be deeply missed, I respect and support Brendan’s decision to pursue this exciting opportunity. He began his journey with The National Ballet of Canada as an RBC Apprentice in 2008, becoming a Principal Dancer in 2019. Brendan approaches every role with a deep thoughtfulness resulting in nuanced portrayals of a wide variety of characters. I have greatly enjoyed watching his commanding performances onstage and thank him for his significant contribution to the National Ballet, his professionalism and dedication to the artform. The entire company wishes Brendan the very best for this new chapter in his career,” said Muir.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saye joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2008 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2019. He has danced such lead roles as Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale and the title role in Apollo. His repertoire also includes A Man in The Four Seasons, Oberon in The Dream, Phlegmatic in The Four Temperaments, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Approximate Sonata 2016, Chroma, Genus, Paz de la Jolla and The Dreamers Ever Leave You.

"I am incredibly grateful for all the opportunities The National Ballet of Canada has provided for me and for the wonderful support I’ve received from Hope in making this decision. I’m also thankful for the support of Karen Kain, Artistic Director Emerita, the guidance of the artistic department and for my colleagues for inspiring me daily and informing the artist I am today. For the past 13 years, I’ve been proud to call the National Ballet ‘home’. This company has allowed me to grow and flourish as an artist and person. I will miss my National Ballet family and our dedicated audiences here in Toronto but look forward to this exciting new chapter in my career and intend to carry all I’ve learned here with me and preserve all the very special memories I have in my heart,” said Saye.

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BMO Financial Group presents the 2021/22 Season.

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

The RBC Apprentice Programme is sponsored by The RBC Emerging Artists Project.

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

Brendan Saye in The Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

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