Principal Casting Announced For The National Ballet of Canada's THE DREAM and BEING AND NOTHINGNESS

Principal Casting Announced For The National Ballet of Canada's THE DREAM and BEING AND NOTHINGNESS

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for Frederick Ashton's The Dream and Guillaume Côté's Being and Nothingness. The mixed programme is onstage November 21 - 25, 2018 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. #TheDreamNBC #BeingandNothingnessNBC

Making their debuts as Titania in The Dream are Principal Dancers Elena Lobsanova and Jillian Vanstone, First Soloist Alexandra MacDonald and Guest Artist Aya Okumura from Het Nationale Ballet. Debuting as Oberon are Principal Dancers Guillaume Côté, Naoya Ebe, Harrison James and Evan McKie and First Soloist Brendan Saye. Principal Dancers Skylar Campbell and Naoya Ebe, Second Soloist Donald Thom and Corps de Ballet Member Siphesihle November will be debuting as Puck.

The Dream is based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and returns after a 17-year absence to Toronto. The one-act re-imagining is set in Victorian times to music by Felix Mendelssohn.

The National Ballet's Choreographic Associate and Principal Dancer Mr. Côté's Being and Nothingness is a multi-part reflection of Jean-Paul Sartre's existential philosophy of the same name and is set to music by Philip Glass.

To honour her 20th anniversary this season, Principal Dancer Heather Ogden will participate in a special Ballet Talk hosted by former dance critic John Coulbourn prior to the Saturday, November 24, 2018 matinee performance of The Dream and Being and Nothingness in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Ms. Ogden will reflect on her 20 year career with the National Ballet. The talk will begin at 1:15 pm and is free to all ticket holders.


Principal Casting

The Dream

Titania
Jillian Vanstone (November 21, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm/November 25 at 2:00 pm)
Elena Lobsanova (November 22 at 2:00 pm)
Aya Okumura (November 22 at 7:30 pm)
Alexandra MacDonald (November 24 at 2:00 pm)

Oberon
Harrison James (November 21, 24 at 7:30 pm)
Evan McKie (November 22 at 2:00 pm)
Naoya Ebe (November 22 at 7:30 pm)
Guillaume Côté (November 23 at 7:30 pm/November 25 at 2:00 pm)
Brendan Saye (November 24 at 2:00 pm)

Puck
Skylar Campbell (November 21, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm)
Donald Thom (November 22 at 2:00 pm)
Siphesihle November (November 22 at 7:30 pm/November 25 at 2:00 pm)
Naoya Ebe (November 24 at 2:00 pm)

Being and Nothingness

Part 1 - The Light
Greta Hodgkinson (November 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 pm)
Tanya Howard (November 22 at 2:00 pm/November 24 at 7:30 pm)
Jenna Savella (November 24, 25 at 2:00 pm)

Part 2 - The Bedroom
Kathryn Hosier and Félix Paquet (November 21, 22, 24 at 7:30 pm/November 24 at 2:00 pm)
Miyoko Koyasu and Nan Wang (November 22, 25 at 2:00 pm/November 23 at 7:30 pm)

Part 3 - The Door
Chelsy Meiss and Jack Bertinshaw (November 21, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm)
Meghan Pugh and Skylar Campbell (November 22 at 2:00 pm/November 22 at 7:30 pm)
Aya Okumura and Jack Bertinshaw (November 24, 25 at 2:00 pm)

Part 4 - The Sink
Siphesihle November (November 21, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm)
Kota Sato (November 22 at 2:00 pm/November 22 at 7:30 pm)
Spencer Hack (November 24, 25 at 2:00 pm)

Part 5 - The Living Room
Svetlana Lunkina and Brendan Saye (November 21, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm)
Hannah Fischer and Christopher Gerty (November 22, 24 at 2:00 pm)
Heather Ogden and Brendan Saye (November 22 at 7:30 pm/ November 25 at 2:00 pm)

Part 6 - The Street
Joe Chapman, Jimmy Coleman, Trygve Cumpston, Giorgio Galli, Christopher Gerty or Peng-Fei Jiang, Spencer Hack or Alexander Skinner, Teagan Richman-Taylor, Kota Sato or Larkin Miller, Donald Thom, Nan Wang or Nicholas Rose, Ethan Watts

Part 7 - The Call
Greta Hodgkinson and Ben Rudisin (November 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 pm)
Tanya Howard and Guillaume Côté (November 22 at 2:00 pm/November 24 at 7:30 pm)
Jenna Savella and Piotr Stanczyk (November 24, 25 at 2:00 pm)

All casting is subject to change.

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