The National Ballet of Canada brings John Neumeier's ballet Nijinsky to Paris in October.
The performances mark the National Ballet's return to Paris for first the time in 45 years. Nijinsky will run from 3–8 October at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
The company's Artistic Director, Karen Kain, announced the principal casting earlier today.
Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté and First Soloists Skylar Campbell and Francesco Gabriele Frola will reprise the role of Vaslav Nijinsky. The role of Nijinsky's wife Romola will be danced by Principal Dancers Heather Ogden, Sonia Rodriguez and Svetlana Lunkina. Principal Dancers Evan McKie and Piotr Stanczyk will perform the role of ballet impresario and Ballet Russes founder Serge Diaghilev.
John Neumeier's moving, unflinching ballet is less a biographical study or narrative account of Vaslav Nijinsky's life than a portrait of the dancer's inner journey. Nijinsky is a work of great theatricality and a glimpse into the soul of an artist of unique and astonishing vision, whose life and works helped changed the face of modernity. One of the most legendary and transformative figures in the history of ballet, Nijinsky transfixed audiences even as his own life descended into instability and finally, madness.
The National Ballet of Canada will also perform the ballet in Toronto at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts 22–26 November 2017, in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre 25–27 January 2018, and in San Francisco at the War Memorial Opera House 3–8 April 2018.
Paris Tour Principal Casting ‘Nijinsky'
Guillaume Côté (October 3, 7 at 7:30 pm)
Francesco Gabriele Frola (October 4 at 7:30pm/October 8 at 4:00 pm)
Skylar Campbell (October 6 at 7:30 pm)
Heather Ogden (October 3, 7 at 7:30 pm)
Svetlana Lunkina (October 4 at 7:30pm/October 8 at 4:00 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (October 6 at 7:30 pm)
Evan McKie (October 3, 7 at 7:30 pm)
Piotr Stanczyk (October 4, 6 at 7:30 pm/October 8 at 4:00 pm)
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