The mixed program in November will be one of the last times to catch Skylar Campbell on stage as a Principal Dancer with National Ballet of Canada before he heads back to the United States.
A twelve-year veteran of the Toronto-based company, Campbell will join Houston Ballet in January 2022 and hold the same title. He expresses:
“This is a bittersweet goodbye. The National Ballet of Canada has been my artistic home for 12 years. I will forever carry beautiful memories shared on and off the stage alongside my inspirational colleagues at the company. The National Ballet has provided me with many fantastic opportunities and I am looking forward to this next chapter in my career with Houston Ballet.”
In 2009, the Laguna Beach, California native joined National Ballet of Canada and was promoted to the top ranking of the company nine seasons later.
Along with the Pinocchio in Will Tuckett’s production (which was created on him), Campbell has also danced the title roles in Nijinsky and Le Petit Prince.
As a Principal Dancer, he has also danced Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker, Mercutio and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Hilarion in Giselle, Alain in La Fille mal gardée, Gurn in La Sylphide, Jack/The Knave of Hearts and Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, Camille in The Merry Widow, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Puck in The Dream, Levin in Anna Karenina, and Alan in A Streetcar Named Desire.
“Skylar is an incredibly thoughtful performer who approaches each role with confidence, energy and care. It has been a privilege and a joy to watch his many brilliant performances with the National Ballet. We will all miss his magnetic stage presence and wish him the very best for this exciting new opportunity with Houston Ballet,” said Barry Hughson, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada.