Siphesihle November. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
Siphesihle November was born in Zolani, South Africa and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. Siphesihle joined The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2017 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2021.
“25 to Watch: Siphesihle November… His buoyant jump and clean lines were honed at Canada’s National Ballet School, but he possesses a charisma that comes from his early years dancing to kwaito”
Siphesihle recently made his debut as Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet. He has danced such roles as Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Lewis Carroll/White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Puck in The Dream and in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Giselle, The Winter’s Tale, Nijinsky, Anna Karenina, The Four Seasons, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Chroma, Emergence, Angels’ Atlas, Chaconne, Etudes, Being and Nothingness, Paz de la Jolla, Night, The Dreamers Ever Leave You and Orpheus Alive.
In 2019, Siphesihle won The International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize.
Siphesihle was featured in a documentary, Beyond Moving, which follows his journey from Zolani, South Africa to Canada’s National Ballet School and The National Ballet of Canada.
1. How did the documentary Beyond Moving come about?
Beyond Moving started as a short documentary following five or six stories about the joy of dance surrounding Canada’s National Ballet School. The goal was to present these stories as a way of making ballet more accessible. The decision was made to focus on my story as a stand alone piece and to make it into a feature length documentary.
2. How long did it take to film?
The first time we shot was in 2014 while shooting a promotional piece for Canada’s National Ballet School. Later when the opportunity arrived to shoot a greater part of the film, we shot all the way through until mid 2018. The post production and editing started in December 2017 and went on till mid 2019.
3. What was your favourite moment in the documentary?
My favourite moment in the documentary is when my friend, Ryan and I go back to South Africa to visit my family and the students at our dance school. Sharing my roots with my best friend and getting to perform for my community was really special.
4. Looking back, what was the most defining moment in your path to the stage?
There isn’t one defining moment. The entire journey has been one big moment and it’s only the beginning.
Siphesihle November is sponsored through Dancers First by Jerry & Joan Lozinski.