Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that Principal Dancer Jurgita Dronina will be a Lead Principal Dancer with English National Ballet in London, England next season. Ms. Dronina will remain with The National Ballet of Canada as Principal Dancer and will be featured in The Winter’s Tale, which opens the 2017/18 season, as well as The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.
“I am very excited to have this unique opportunity to be part of two incredible companies this season: English National Ballet in London and The National Ballet of Canada in Toronto. I consider myself very lucky to be able to work for two inspiring women, Tamara Rojo and Karen Kain, who have extraordinary visions for the future of their companies. I feel honored to be a part of this,” said Ms. Dronina.
With English National Ballet, Ms. Dronina will dance the leads in productions including Giselle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Coppélia on tour to Japan and Romeo and Juliet in London in August 2017. Further performances for English National Ballet’s 17/18 season to be announced shortly.
Ms. Dronina, who joined the National Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2015, made her debut as Blanche DuBois in John Neumeier’s A Streetcar Named Desire and in Wayne McGregor’s Genus in the company’s 2016/17 season. Her repertoire with the National Ballet also includes Cinderella, Giselle, La Sylphide, Onegin, Tarantella, The Four Temperaments, Le Petit Prince and Pinocchio.
English National Ballet
Returning to London in its 40th anniversary year, English National Ballet perform Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall from 1 – 5 August 2017.
Romeo & Juliet Principal Casting
Casting is subject to change.
In the order of Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, Benvolio, Tybalt, Paris
Tuesday 1 August
Isaac Hernández, Erina Takahashi, Cesar Corrales, James Forbat, James Streeter, Emilio Pavan*
Wednesday 2 August
Josua Hoffalt*, Laurretta Summerscales, Yonah Acosta, Laurent Liotardo, Fabian Reimair, Jinhao Zhang*
Thursday 3 August (matinee)
James Forbat, Alison McWhinney, Pedro Lapetra, Vitor Menezes, Fernando Bufalá, Aitor Arrieta*
Thursday 3 August
Yonah Acosta, Erina Takahashi, Cesar Corrales, Guilherme Menezes, James Streeter, Emilio Pavan
Friday 4 August
Josua Hoffalt, Laurretta Summerscales, Fernando Bufala, Laurent Liotardo, Fabian Reimair, Jinhao Zhang*
Saturday 5 August (matinee)
Aaron Robison*, Jurgita Dronina*, Ken Saruhashi, James Forbat, Fabian Reimair, Aitor Arrieta
Saturday 5 August
Isaac Hernández, Erina Takahashi, Fernando Bufala, Guilherme Menezes, James Streeter, Emilio Pavan
*Debut in role.