Evan McKie

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Evan McKie
Born April 7, 1983
Toronto, Canada
Occupation Ballet Dancer, Writer, Photographer, Artist

Evan McKie (born April 7, 1983) is a prominent Canadian ballet dancer, writer, and artist. London's "Dance Europe" Magazine published that McKie's performances are "within the realm of best in the World." He is a Principal Dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and has the extremely rare opportunity to perform as a guest dancer with companies including the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet and Tokyo Ballet. In a statement to the The Toronto Star Newspaper, The National Ballet of Canada's Artistic Director, Karen Kain, noted that, throughout an international career spanning almost two decades, "McKie is one of the finest dancers of his generation." McKie continues to have very close ties with the Stuttgart Ballet, where he trained and rose through the company's ranks. He is also a contributor and Advisory Board member for American Dance Magazine and has been a freelance contributor for Canada's National newspaper, The Globe and Mail, often writing preview pieces for upcoming productions that he has felt particularly passionate about.

McKie studied at Canada's National Ballet School, The Kirov Academy of Ballet and Germany's John Cranko School, where he was given his first professional job as a dancer by the Stuttgart Ballet's Artistic Director, Reid Anderson. Just before becoming professional however, McKie suffered a severe knee-ligament injury and was told by doctors that he may never be able to be a ballet dancer. Though the ligament was irreparable, McKie attempted to dance without it and began training with the late ballet legend Pyotr Pestov. McKie started performing and eventually took a place at the Stuttgart Ballet. At the time doctors called it a "miraculous recovery." Promotions to Soloist and highest rank of Principal Dancer followed and in 2011, McKie was invited to be a guest dancer at the Paris Opera Ballet. The Financial Times sent waves through the dance world when it's ballet critic called the performance (of John Cranko's Onegin) “the sensation of the entire season”. McKie received further critical acclaim when he was invited to be a guest at the Bolshoi Ballet in 2013 which led to further guest-engagements at the Paris Opera Ballet in both January and July 2014. In Stuttgart, under the direction and mentorship of fellow Canadian Reid Anderson, McKie danced the major roles in Classical Ballet as well as being a part of over 30 contemporary collaborations and was also given opportunities to develop himself as a creative director during the world-famous Noverre Society workshops. Over the last decade, he has been nominated as International dancer of the year by dance magazines in Tokyo, London, Paris, Berlin and New York for dance works ranging from "classical" to "dramatic narrative" to "contemporary". Danse Magazine Paris wrote, "Evan McKie's limitless spirit and unusual storytelling abilities make him one of the brightest of all of today's most famous dance stars."

McKie has choreographed two dance works for Stuttgart's Noverre Society and a work for Olga Smirnova of the Bolshoi Ballet in cooperation with the Youth American Grand Prix at Lincoln Centre in New York. He is a visual artist specializing in backstage portraits of artists and dancers and recently held an exhibition in Germany entitled SCHICHTEN.

McKie is also very active in researching the use of Dance as part of rehabilitation from depression and drug addiction and has cited his own history as a reason to reach out and do this. He is a part-time volunteer contributor to the recreational-therapy program at Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and is also involved in independent research focussing on neuro-plasticity training.

McKie holds a certificate in Interpersonal Relations and Leadership from L'école des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris and has recently shadowed Mikko Nissinen, the Artistic Director of the Boston Ballet in order to enhance his own practical experience initiative in the field of creative leadership.

McKie is currently a benefactor for "DanceCollectionDanse" Canadian Dance History Archive, The National Ballet of Canada and CanadianStage.

Awards[edit]

  • MyTheatreAwards Cross-Canada Fan Favourite Award for body of work in 2016 including Onegin, The Winter's Tale, The Four Temperaments and Romeo and Juliet at The National Ballet of Canada.
  • The Kirov Academy Award, Washington D.C. for outstanding achievement in the Art World and contribution as a humanitarian, 2016.
  • Apuli Arte Merit Prize, Italy. Outstanding Performance in International Dance, 2012.
  • "Best Newcomer Dance Performance of the Year" Nomination 2001, Dance Europe Magazine, London
  • "Best International Dance Performance of the Year" Nomination 2012, Dance Magazine Japan
  • "Best International Dance Performance of the Year" Nomination 2012, Dance Europe Magazine, London
  • "Best International Dance Performance of the Year" Nomination 2012, Danse Magazine Paris
  • "Best International Dance Performance of the Year" Nomination 2013,Tanz Magazine Yearbook, Germany
  • "Best International Dance Performance of the Year" Nomination 2014,Tanz Magazine Yearbook, Germany
  • "Best International Dance Performance of the Year" Nomination 2014, Dance Europe Magazine, London and Dance4You Magazine, Germany.

Performance Repertoire[edit]

  • JOHN CRANKO:
    • Onegin and Lenski in "ONEGIN"
    • Romeo and Paris in "ROMEO and JULIET"
    • "AUS HOLBERG'S ZEIT" Pas de Deux
    • Prince Siegfried in "SWAN LAKE"
    • Lucentio, Hortensio, Priest/Waiter and Pas de Six in "THE TAMING OF THE SHREW"
    • Lead Man. Third and Second Movements in "INITIALS RBME"
    • Captain Belaye in "PINEAPPLE POLL"
    • Lover (3) in "POEME DE L'EXTASE"
    • Second Deal, second variation in "JEUX DE CARTES"
    • Prince and Moondog in LADY AND THE FOOL
  • KENNETH MACMILLAN:
    • Offortorium in "REQUIEM"
    • Des Grieux in "MANON"
    • Der Ewige/Messenger of Death in "THE SONG OF THE EARTH"
  • MAURICE BEJART:
    • Ludwig II of Bavaria, friend and Grand Pas de Deux in "GAITE PARISIENNE"
    • “Songs of a Wayfarer”
  • JOHN NEUMEIER:
    • Diaghilev in “NIJINSKY”
    • Iago in "OTHELLO"
    • Des Grieux in "THE LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS"
    • "A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE"
    • FRATRES
  • GLEN TETLEY:
    • Pas de Trois in "VOLUNTARIES"
    • "THE RITE OF SPRING"
  • RUDOLPH NUREYEV:
    • Prince Florimund in THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
  • DAVID DAWSON
    • "WHITE SWAN PAS DE DEUX"
  • PETER WRIGHT:
    • Albrecht in GISELLE
  • OLEG VINOGRADOV:
    • Siegfried in SWAN LAKE
  • WAYNE MCGREGOR:
    • "NAUTILUS"**
    • "EDEN I EDEN"**
    • YANTRA**
    • “CHROMA”
    • "GENUS"
  • KEVIN O'DAY:
    • Hamlet and Laertes in "HAMLET" **
    • "DREAMDEEPDOWN"
    • "IGOR POEMS"
  • WILL TUCKETT
    • The Ringmaster in "PINOCCHIO"
  • MARCIA HAYDEE:
    • Prince Desire, Blue Bird and Prince of the North in "THE SLEEPING BEAUTY"
  • WILLIAM FORSYTHE:
    • "THE VERTIGINEOUS THRILL OF EXACTITUDE"
    • "LOVE SONGS"
    • workwithinwork
  • GEORGE BALANCHINE:
    • Lead Man in "THEME AND VARIATIONS"
    • Phlegmetic, Sanguinic, First and Third Themes in "THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS"
    • "SYMPHONY IN C"
    • "VIOLIN CONCERTO"
  • HANS VAN MANEN:
    • FRANK BRIDGE VARIATIONS
    • "CORPS"
    • "KLEINES REQUIEM"
  • JIRI KYLIAN:
    • White in "FORGOTTEN LAND"
    • RETURN TO A STRANGE LAND
  • CHRISTIAN SPUCK:
    • Der Vater in "DER SANDMANN" **
    • Alwa in "LULU"
    • "NOCTURNE" **
    • "LA PEAU BLANCHE" **
  • MARCO GOECKE:
    • "BLUSHING" ** °
    • "SWEETSWEETSWEET" **
    • Solo from “OnVelvet” for Youth American Grand Prix.
  • DOUGLAS LEE:
    • "NIGHLIGHT"**
    • "LACHRYMAL" **
    • "FANFARE LX" **
    • MINIATURES**
    • CAPRICCIO**
    • "MASK DUET"**
  • MAURO BIGONZETTI:
    • Vincenzo in "i FRATELLI"
  • DAVID BINTLEY:
    • Baron in "EDWARD II"
  • MARC SPRADLING:
    • "MELODIOUS GIMMICK.." **
    • THE SHAKING TENT
  • REID ANDERSON / VALENTINA SAVINA after MARIUS PETIPA:
    • Albrecht in GISELLE
  • SABRINA MATTHEWS:
    • "SOLES" Pas de Deux **
  • ROBERT NORTH:
    • Lead Man in "LIGHT FANDANGO"
  • JORMA ELO:
    • RED in 3
    • ’’SLICE TO SHARP
  • BRIDGET BREINER:
    • "SIRS" **
  • JEROME ROBBINS:
    • "THE CONCERT"
    • “DANCES AT A GATHERING”
  • NICOLO FONTE:
    • "GAMBLINGx5"**
  • PETER QUANZ:
    • "PAS D'ACTION" **
  • EDWARD CLUG:
    • "POCKET CONCERTO" **
    • “NO MAN’S LAND”
  • ITZIK GALILI:
    • "HIKARIZATTO" **
  • UWE SCHOLZ:
    • "SIEBTE SYMPHONIE"
  • DEMIS VOLPI:
    • Tonda in KRABAT
    • FINGERSPITZENGEFÜHL **
  • LOUIS STIENS:
    • CHRISTOPH**
    • STURM**
    • “RAUSCH”**
  • JAMES KUDELKA:
    • Peter/Nutcracker in “THE NUTCRACKER”
    • Prince Siegfried in “SWAN LAKE”
  • CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON:
    • Jack/The Knave in “ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND”
    • King Leontes in "THE WINTER'S TALE"
  • ALEXEI RATMANSKY:
    • Romeo and Tybalt in "ROMEO AND JULIET"
    • Eros in “PSYCHE”
          • ** = New Creation

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