Passion: With Piotr Stanczyk


Live on CIUT 89.5 FM

Airing Date: November 8, 2023
Hosted By: Nicole Inica Hamilton

Producer: Nicole Inica Hamilton
Assistant Production Manager:  Amber Downie-Back

Featured Guest(s): Piotr Stanczyk

On this episode, Piotr Stanczyk (Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada) reflects upon his first moments at the company, intentionality in movement and storytelling, and his journey into retirement.

About Piotr Stanczyk

Piotr Stanczyk was born in Poznan, Poland and trained at the State Ballet School of Poznan before studying at Canada’s National Ballet School. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1998 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2008.

A compelling artist with a gift for storytelling, Piotr has been a brilliant interpreter of dramatic roles in both the classical and contemporary repertoires. Most recently, he danced in the world premiere of Wayne McGregor’s MADDADDAM. His repertoire includes Count Danilo Danilowitch in The Merry Widow, Eugene Onegin in Onegin, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Karenin in Anna Karenina, L’Aviateur in the world premiere of Le Petit Prince, Geppetto in the world premiere of Pinocchio, Stanley in the Canadian premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire and Rothbart in Swan Lake. He has danced principal roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Don QuixoteGiselleRomeo and JulietNijinskyAlice’s Adventures in WonderlandThe Nutcracker, La Fille mal gardéeHamletPetrouchkaTheme and Variations, Symphony in C, SerenadeEtudesSong of a Wayfarer, The Second DetailChromaThe Four SeasonsRubiesin a state of vanishing and The Man in Black. Piotr has performed in company premieres by such contemporary choreographers as Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Kevin O’Day and John Neumeier.

This season, Piotr will retire from the National Ballet after a 25-year career with James Kudelka’s Passion.

As a guest artist, Piotr has performed at the Vienna State Opera, International Ballet Festival of Miami, Charleston Ballet and Brott Music Festival.

In 2012, Piotr received the Rolex Dancers First Award and was the recipient of the William Marrié Award for Dramatic Excellence in 2003, for his role as Jaguar in The Firebird.