Guillaume Côté is a native of Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec. He studied at Canada’s National Ballet School and joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1999. He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2004.
Since then, Mr Côté has danced most of the major classical roles with the National Ballet of Canada and has been the leading male figure of the company. He has created a number of lead roles in ballets by James Kudelka including Ferdinand in An Italian Straw Hat, Prince Charming in Cinderella and Will in The Contract (The Pied Piper). Mr. Côté also created the role of Gene Kelly in Derek Deane’s production of Strictly Gershwin, which premiered at the Royal Albert Hall with the English National Ballet. Most recently, he created the role of Romeo in Alexei Ratmansky’s new Romeo and Juliet.
As a guest artist, Mr Côté has danced with the The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Teatro alla Scala, English National Ballet, the Mikhailosky Theater of St-Petersburg, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Berlin’s Staatsoper, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Stuttgart Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, the Alberta Ballet, Verona Opera and the South African Ballet Theater. Mr Côté has also performed in numerous international galas.
In 2013, in addition to his position as a Principal Dancer, Mr. Côté assumed the role of Choreographic Associate with the National Ballet of Canada. Mr. Côté’s work No. 24 won third prize at Ballet Society Hanover’s 25th International Competition in 2011 and entered the National Ballet’s repertoire in 2013. In 2012, his work Enkeli won the Audience Choice Award for Best Choreography at The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize. That same year, his work for ProArteDanza, Fractals: a pattern of chaos, was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography. In 2013, Being and Nothingness (Part 1) entered The National ballet of Canada’s repertoire and the full program will makes its World Premiere as part of the 2014/15 Season. In April 2014, Mr. Côté was commissioned by Canada’s National Arts Centre to create a new work entitled Body of Work for the Governor General Awards. More recently, Mr. Côté created Dance Me to the End of Love on music by Leonard Cohen as part of an all Guillaume Côté evening. Mr. Côté will debut his first full-length ballet, Le Petit Prince, during the National Ballet’s 2015/16 season.
Mr. Côté choreographed and starred in the short film Lost in Motion in 2012, which was presented at the Toronto International Film Festival. Lost in Motion II which was released in late 2013, was also choreographed by Mr. Côté and made its film festival debut at the Dance on Camera Festival in New York City. Both films received rave reviews and have been viewed more than 2 million times online.
Mr. Côté is also an accomplished musician and composer and has composed music for a number of dance and theatre productions internationally. Mr. Côté was awarded a Gemini Award as well as the Galileo 2000 “A life for music” Prize for his dance and musical collaboration in the documentary; Moving to His Music: The Two Muses of Guillaume Côté.
In 2011, Mr. Côté was awarded “La médaille de l’Assemblée Nationale du Québec”, a prestigious award from the province of Québec for his work in the arts. In September 2014, Mr. Côté was named the Artistic Director of the Festival des Arts de Saint Sauveur, the largest summer dance festival in the country.