Effective January 1, 2022, Toronto native Hope Muir will be the Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, taking over the reins held by Karen Kain for over fifteen years.
The board of the company made the announcement of Ms. Muir’s appointment after a two-year international search.
“I am so pleased to welcome Hope to The National Ballet of Canada and home to Toronto,” said Cornell Wright, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Her unwavering dedication to excellence and deep knowledge of both classical and contemporary repertoire, make her the perfect choice to lead The National Ballet of Canada into its next chapter.”
The current Artistic Director of Charlotte Ballet – a position she has held since 2017 – Ms. Muir’s 20-year career as a dancer includes performances with English National Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, dancing repertoire by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, August Bournonville, Christopher Bruce, Merce Cunningham, John Cranko, Javier De Frutos, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Ronald Hynd, Jiří Kylián, Harald Lander, Natalia Makarova, Ohad Naharin, Peter Schaufuss, Mary Skeaping, Ben Stevenson, Glen Tetley and Twyla Tharp.