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Friday, April 25, 2014

Evan McKie Joins National Ballet of Canada as a Principal Dancer

Evan McKie Joins as a Principal Dancer in 2014/15 Season
April 25, 2014… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that Evan McKie will join the company as a Principal Dancer in the 2014/15 season. Mr. McKie returns to his hometown of Toronto after dancing with Stuttgart Ballet for 13 years.
“One of the finest dancers of his generation, Evan McKie is acclaimed internationally for his artistry and dramatic sensibility. His recent guest appearances have thrilled Toronto audiences and I am so pleased to welcome him to the company as a Principal Dancer. Evan is a perfect fit with our dancers and repertoire and it is wonderful that a Canadian artist celebrated around the world is coming home,” said Ms. Kain.
Mr. McKie appeared with the National Ballet as a Principal Guest Artist for the past two seasons, receiving critical acclaim for his portrayals of such roles as Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, Albrecht in Giselle and Lensky in Onegin. Mr. McKie has been hailed by the Toronto Star as “a natural aristocrat of ballet”, Ballet Review wrote “Not since Nureyev has a dancer found the yearning in the elegant and passionate solo that defines the Prince Florimund’s aching heart.” DanceView Times exclaimed “McKie is a dream as Lensky.”
Born in Toronto, Mr. McKie trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, the Kirov Academy of Ballet and John Cranko School. He joined Stuttgart Ballet in 2001 where he has been a Principal Dancer since 2009. Mr. McKie has had roles created on him by choreographers such as Wayne McGregor, Marco Goecke, Mauro Bigonzetti, Christian Spuck, Kevin O'Day and Douglas Lee and has also worked with John Neumeier and the late Glen Tetley. He has guested internationally with Bolshoi Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Universal Ballet and Ballet de Chile and is the first and only Canadian to dance with Paris Opéra Ballet. Recently he was awarded the prestigious ApuliArte prize for achievement in dance and German TANZ Magazine named him one of the Dancers of the Year 2013. He also won critics choice nominations for best dancer in Dance Europe magazine for his portrayals of Albrecht in Giselle, Lensky and Onegin in Onegin and the lead role in Paquita.
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