Greta Hodgkinson Bids Farewell in Marguerite and Armand
February 4, 2020
Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that Greta Hodgkinson’s final performances as Principal Dancer will be in Marguerite and Armand, onstage February 29 – March 7. #MargueriteandArmandNBC
Ms. Hodgkinson bids farewell after a remarkable career that spans 30 years. She will dance the seminal role of Marguerite in Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand, originally created for Margot Fonteyn. This rarely danced ballet gem was acquired in Ms. Hodgkinson’s honour by Ms. Kain. Dancing opposite Ms. Hodgkinson will be Principal Dancers Guillaume Côté and Harrison James as Armand, a role originally created for Rudolf Nureyev.
"This is a very special, rarely performed ballet and one that I have long wanted to dance," says Ms. Hodgkinson. "It encompasses everything I love about ballet – it’s classical, dramatic, romantic, tragic, it has sweeping choreography and yet it is so poignant. I am deeply honoured that Karen acquired this work for me to say farewell with."
Marguerite and Armand makes its company premiere as part of a mixed programme that features the world premiere of a new work by Crystal Pite and Wayne McGregor’s sensational Chroma. Ms. Hodgkinson will be honoured by the entire company onstage following her final performance on Saturday, March 7.
Principal Dancers Sonia Rodriguez and Francesco Gabriele Frola will also make their debuts in the title roles.
Greta Hodgkinson (February 29, March 4, 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (March 1, 5, 7 at 2:00 pm)
Guillaume Côté (February 29, March 4, 5, 7 at 7:30 pm)
Francesco Gabriele Frola (March 1, 5, 7 at 2:00 pm)
Harrison James (March 6 at 7:30 pm)
Throughout her celebrated career, Ms. Hodgkinson has dazzled audiences and critics alike with her immaculate technique and dramatic power. She is a gifted interpreter of the great roles in classical ballet and an instinctive collaborator on new work. Ms. Hodgkinson leaves a legacy of roles created for her including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and Summer in The Four Seasons all by James Kudelka. She has worked with renowned choreographers including William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Alexei Ratmansky, Glen Tetley, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite and Guillaume Côté.
In addition to her acclaim in National Ballet productions, Ms. Hodgkinson has had an illustrious international career, performing on stages across the world with The Kirov Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, The Australian Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Munich Ballet, Teatro Comunale di Firenze and others. She has enjoyed long-standing partnerships with the National Ballet’s Rex Harrington, Aleksandar Antonijevic and Guillaume Côté and has been partnered by many internationally acclaimed dancers including Roberto Bolle, Carlos Acosta, Marcelo Gomes, Massimo Murru, Laurent Hilaire, Federico Bonelli, Robert Tewsley, Tetsuya Kumakawa, Jason Reilly, Steven McRae and Matthew Golding.
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Support for the World Premiere by Crystal Pite is generously provided by An Anonymous Donor, Rosamond Ivey, The Producers’ Circle, The Volunteer Committee of The National Ballet of Canada and The Gail Hutchison Fund.
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., Lynda & Jonas Prince, The Harry & Lillian Seymour Family Foundation, Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.
Guillaume Côté is sponsored through Dancers First by Emmanuelle Gattuso, C.M. and Allan Slaight, C.M.
Francesco Gabriele Frola is sponsored through Dancers First by Sherry and Edward Drew.
Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.
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.