june 2013 | Greta Hodgkinson

Greta Hodgkinson

weld art collective presents: Greta Hodgkinson in Conversation

Weld’s Artist of the Month for June 2013 is Greta Hodgkinson, principal dancer with The National Ballet of Canada. Greta sits down with us to discuss her new role in the full-length version of Carmen presented by The National Ballet and choreographed by Davide Bombana.

Off camera, weld curator Sonia Gemmiti needed to know just how many shoes Greta goes through in a performance —for Swan Lake: a pair per act.

(video created by: Sonia Gemmiti & R. Edwin Barnett)


Greta Hodgkinson | Biography:

Born in Providence, Rhode Island and trained at the Festival Ballet of Rhode Island and Canada’s National Ballet School, Greta Hodgkinson joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1990 and has been a Principal Dancer since 1996.

Ms. Hodgkinson has performed every leading role in the classical repertoire to critical acclaim and her talents extend to the contemporary repertoire as well. She has had numerous roles created for her by world renowned choreographers and has worked closely with William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Glen Tetley, John Neumeier, James Kudelka, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor and Crystal Pite.

As a guest artist, Ms. Hodgkinson has appeared with The Kirov Ballet (International Ballet Festival Mariinsky), Teatro alla Scala, The Australian Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Munich Ballet, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Opening Gala of the Royal Opera House, The State Kremlin Palace, Gala des Étoiles and international ballet galas in the USA, Canada, Russia and Europe. Ms. Hodgkinson was invited to tour Japan dancing Swan Lake with K-Ballet, partnered by Tetsuya Kumakawa and she also performed at The World Ballet Festival in Tokyo, Japan with frequent partner Roberto Bolle. Her partners have also included Carlos Acosta, Marcelo Gomes, Massimo Murru, Laurent Hilaire, Federico Bonelli, Robert Tewsley, Jason Reilly, Evan McKie and Steven McRae.

In 2000, Ms. Hodgkinson was nominated for the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse for her role as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. In 2000 and 2001, Dance Europe voted her Best Performance by a Female Dancer for her interpretation of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and for Summer in The Four Seasons.

Her film credits include the title role in Roxana, based on the novel by Daniel Defoe, the title role in The Firebird, Summer in The Four SeasonsA Dancer’s Story – 50 Years of The National Ballet of Canada (dancing The Sleeping Beauty pas de deux) and a featured role inThe Rings of Saturn, directed by Moze Mossanen. In 2009, she appeared as Margot Fonteyn in the Bravo! TV docudrama, Nureyev and in 2010, made a guest appearance on the premiere of the Canadian comedy television series Baxter.

(text courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada)

Created by Italian choreographer Davide Bombana, this new full-length version of Carmen conjures up images of lust, betrayal and murder. Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson makes her debut in the title role in this classic story of passion and doomed love opposite Piotr Stanczyk as Don José, which runs June 5 – 16, 2013 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Tickets available at national.ballet.ca

website: gretahodgkinson.com

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