Brendan Saye

First Soloist

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Biography

Brendan Saye was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and trained at Canada's National Ballet School. Mr. Saye joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2017.

“For someone of his age and experience, Saye made an admirable debut, investing the steps with meaning and shaping a very personal, more moodily brooding Romeo.”
Dance International

Recently, Mr. Saye made his debut as Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty and A Man in The Four Seasons. His repertoire includes Siegfried in Swan Lake, Romeo and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, Phlegmatic in The Four Temperaments, an Icicle in The Nutcracker and Le Roi in the world premiere of Le Petit Prince. Mr. Saye has danced featured roles in Hamlet, Cinderella, In The Upper Room, the second detail, Chroma, Enkeli and Self and Soul.

In 2012, Mr. Saye received the Patron Award of Merit and represented the National Ballet in The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize. He also received the Peter Dwyer Award and Christopher Ondaatje Prize in 2008 while a student at Canada’s National Ballet School.

Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin Robinson.

Quick Facts

Born: Vancouver, British Columbia
Trained: Canada’s National Ballet School
Joined: 2008
First Soloist since: 2017

Quotes

Hamlet
“Saye is certainly someone to watch. He seems to be a dancing actor of keen intelligence as well as possessing a flawless technique.”
— PaulaCitron.ca

Chroma
"The central male trio (Stephen, Saye and Tedaldi) with its complex, lightning fast, staccato manipulations, brought down the house."

— The Globe and Mail

“Greta Hodgkinson, Robert Stephen and Brendan Saye stand out as well in a tight, combustible unit that gives this work edge.”
— The Hamilton Spectator