Rebekah Rimsay

Principal Character Artist

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Quick Facts

Born: Fort Collins, Colorado
Trained: Canada’s National Ballet School
Joined: 1990
Principal Character Artist since: 2012

 

Five Things to Know

  1. 1Rebekah has distinguished herself at several levels of the company: as a Corps de Ballet member in 1990, Second Soloist in 1995, First Soloist in 1998 and Principal Character Artist in 2012.
     
  2. 2Praised for her dramatic excellence, Rebekah’s extensive repertoire includes Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Madge in La Sylphide, Baba in The Nutcracker and featured roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Onegin, The Man in Black and Apollo, among others.
     
  3. 3One of the funniest roles in the National Ballet repertoire was created for Rebekah: the clumsy, near-sighted Her Other Stepsister in James Kudelka’s Cinderella. Rebekah also created roles in Kudelka’s An Italian Straw Hat, The Contract (The Pied Piper) and The Four Seasons.
     
  4. 4Rebekah has been recognized for her acting with the prestigious William Marrié Award, which she has won twice, first for her portrayal of the Other Stepsister in Cinderella and a second time for Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty.
     
  5. 5Rebekah has performed the most villainous role in The Sleeping Beauty – Carabosse – and the most virtuous – The Lilac Fairy, who protects Princess Aurora from death.

 

 

Reviews

The Sleeping Beauty
“Rebekah Rimsay radiated wickedness as the evil Carabosse. One audience member compared her chilling performance to Celia Franca’s – the company’s first artistic director, who played the role to much acclaim in the National’s inaugural performance of The Sleeping Beauty.”
—  National Post

“Rebekah Rimsay balanced the wicked impetuosity of evil fairy Carabosse with a devastating vulnerability that made you almost understand her fits of pique.”
— The Hamilton Spectator

Don Quixote
“Gilding the lily is the tavern dancer Rebekah Rimsay who seduces with her castanets.”
— The Globe and Mail

Awards

Rolex Dancers First Award for her performances as the Stepmother and Her Other Stepsister in Cinderella (2014)

William Marrié Award for Dramatic Achievement for Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty (2010)

William Marrié Award for Dramatic Achievement for Her Other Stepsister in Cinderella (2004)

David Tory Award (2008)