Guillaume Côté. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.
Best known to audiences of The National Ballet of Canada as one of the company’s most gifted and dynamic performers, Guillaume Côté is also a choreographer of unique vision and talent. In 2013, in addition to his position as a Principal Dancer, Mr. Côté assumed the role of Choreographic Associate with the company.
As a dancer, Mr. Côté’s versatility, accomplished technique and strong sense of the theatrical moment have made for a large number of powerfully etched performances in his time onstage. He brings those same virtues to bear on his choreography, which is characterized by a rich physicality and a complex and often suddenly shifting emotional tenor. As a composer, Mr. Côté understands both the technical and dramatic centrality of music in the condition of the dance work and as a consequence, his ballets are forged with a careful attention to the symbiosis of musical and physical effect.
Mr. Côté’s work No. 24, set to music by Paganini, won third prize at Ballet Society Hanover’s 25th International Competition in 2011 and entered the National Ballet’s repertoire in 2013. In 2012, his work Enkeli won the Audience Choice Award for Best Choreography at The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize and Silence Screams Venom was performed at the company’s Diamond Anniversary Gala. That same year, his work for ProArteDanza, Fractals: a pattern of chaos, was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography. Mr. Côté debuted his first full-length ballet, Le Petit Prince, during the National Ballet’s 2015/16 season. Mr. Côté created the world premiere of Frame by Frame a collaboration with Robert LePage for the National Ballet’s 2017/18 season which will also feature Dark Angels, originally created for the National Art’s Centre.
In 2012, Mr. Côté choreographed and starred in the short film Lost in Motion, which was presented at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film’s sequel, Lost in Motion II which was released in late 2013, was also choreographed by Mr. Côté and made its film festival debut at the Dance on Camera Festival in New York City in February 2014. Both films received rave reviews and have been viewed more than 1.5 million times online.
Frame by Frame
“Côté, the National’s choreographic associate, has covered himself in glory with this ballet.” Ludwig van Toronto.com, 2018
“Côté was able to provoke a thoughtful expression of the inner struggle that lies at the heart of our desire to exercise our free will.” Elle Canada, 2013
“Côté, who in addition to being the company’s danseur noble is also now a Choreographic Associate, has crafted a riveting seven-minute solo for Greta Hodgkinson [in Being and Nothingness]” National Post, 2013