In this podcast, National Ballet of Canada acclaimed Principal dancer and award winning Associate Choreographer Guillaume Côté talks about his 22 year career with the company that has fostered his drive to create roles and new ballets and perform across the world with companies including La Scala Theatre Ballet, English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Hamburg Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet.
Guillaume is also the Artistic Director of Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur – one of the largest summer dance festivals in Canada. This year’s 29th festival is forging ahead and responding to the challenges of covid by launching a new project called ‘A Shared Solitude‘, with 20 artists, 20 creations, forming 1 voice. Each week from 5 July works will be released online from artists including:
- Daina Ashbee on a score by Alejandra Odgers performed by flautist Caroline Séguin
- Marie Chouinard on a score by Louis Dufort performed by percussionist Alexandre Lavoie
- Guillaume Côté with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the piano on a score by Éric Champagne
- Anne Plamondon on a score by Cléo Palacio-Quintin performed by trombonist Patrick Richer
- Crazy Smooth on a score by Marc Hyland performed by clarinetist Simon Aldrich
Listen to Guillaume talk about the how the 20 artists have created works during lockdown, life as a principal dancer, his love of music, his passion for ballet, being a dad and his partnership with his wife, fellow principal dancer Heather Ogden.