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May 30 – June 5, 2025

Guillaume Côté bids “adieu” to The National Ballet of Canada after 26 years. To celebrate his legacy as a preeminent dancer and one of the first Choreographic Associates in the company’s history, he will create a new work, Grande Mirage, and will restage his thrilling Boléro. The programme also features world premieres from two bold and exciting Canadian choreographic talents: Ethan Colangelo and Jennifer Archibald.

World Premiere Co-Created by Guillaume Côté and Ben Shirinian Grande Mirage

In the dim glow of the stage, Principal Dancer and Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté finds himself in a mesmerizing and sinister pas de deux with his once shadow, now a tangible dark entity. As they weave through a haunting dance, this mysterious figure slowly consumes Côté’s essence, leaving behind only the echo of a dance that once defined his existence. Witness Guillaume Côté’s extraordinary artistry with a solo he is creating specifically for his farewell – a meditation about standing on the Four Seasons Centre stage for the last time that will reflect both the exhilaration of this last moment and the sadness of saying goodbye.


A small ensemble of men and a leading woman defines Guillaume Côté’s fabulous Boléro, which he created for the National Ballet’s 60th-Anniversary Diamond Gala in 2012. The piece builds with Maurice Ravel’s famous music from an initial single theme to many elements working together in harmony. The principal woman offers a human touchpoint for this structure and moves from a state of vulnerability to intensifying strength, going from intimate solos to breathtaking multiple lifts.

World Premiere by Ethan Colangelo

The fresh contemporary language of Canada’s Ethan Colangelo debuts on the mainstage with this exciting world premiere. Colangelo is a rising star on the international dance scene and in 2023, Artistic Director Hope Muir appointed him Choreographic Associate for The National Ballet of Canada. Colangelo’s fearless aesthetic, which he builds from a classical foundation, defines his previous works for the company, as seen before and fractured, and has sealed his reputation as an emerging leader in contemporary movement.

World Premiere by Jennifer Archibald

Hip Hop meets contemporary movement and ballet in this long-awaited first partnership with Toronto-born Jennifer Archibald, whose genre-breaking style has taken her from commercial partnerships to film and top dance companies throughout the US and internationally. An expert in the Meisner Technique of acting, Archibald takes a fresh, dynamic approach to movement creation and challenges our expectations about what ballet can be. Experience the fearless  language that has made Archibald a favourite on the contemporary dance scene.

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  • Friday, May 30, 2025 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, May 31, 2025 2:00 pm

  • Saturday, May 31, 2025 7:30 pm

  • Sunday, June 01, 2025 2:00 pm

  • Wednesday, June 04, 2025 7:30 pm

  • Thursday, June 05, 2025 7:30 pm



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Top Photo: Guillaume Côté. Photo by Matt Barnes.