Sunday, July 28, 2013

Out Spotlight

Today's Out Spotlight is one of the most accomplished and acclaimed male dancers of his era during his 20 years with The National Ballet of Canada. Today's Out Spotlight is Rex Harrington.

Rex Howard Harrington, OC FRSC was born October 30, 1962 in Peterborough, Ontario.  He studied at Canada's National Ballet School and joined the National Ballet of Canada in 1983 and becoming a principal dancer in 1988.

He has partnered with many renowned ballerinas such as Ekaterina Maximova, Carla Fracci, Karen Kain, Veronica Tennant, Alessandra Ferri, Susan Jaffe and Evelyn Hart. He has  performed with such companies as La Scala Theatre Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Stuttgart Ballet.

His classical roles include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (ballet), Basilio in Don Quixote (ballet), Kastchei in The Firebird, Eugene Onegin in Onegin (ballet), and Apollo in Balanchine's Apollo (ballet). James Kudelka created several roles on Harrington, including Rothbart in Swan Lake(1999), Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker (1995), and the central role in The Four Seasons(1997). Choreographer Glen Tetley also created the roles of Lewis Carroll in Alice(1992) and The Young Gentleman in La Ronde(1988) for him.

Harrington retired from the stage in 2004, although he came out of retirement to dance the role of Prince Gremin in the National Ballet of Canada's 2010 production of Onegin (ballet).

Harrington has appeared in Norman Jewison's "The January Man", as well as the film adaptation of "The Four Seasons", for which Rex won a Gemini Award in 2000.  His television credits include CBC specials "Karen Kain: Dancing in the Moment", and "Wild Hearts in Strange Times" featuring dance artist Margie Gillis. In 2002, he made his musical theatre debut in "Robin Hood" at Toronto's Winter Garden Theatre. Harrington has also been a recurring guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada since Season 1.

In 2000, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2005, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame and in 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by York University and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the National Ballet of Canada, and is a Board member of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.

Harrington's mother, who first encouraged him to dance, has schizophrenia and he has spoken out against the stigma attached to mental illness, most notably through the "Transforming Lives" campaign of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Harrington and his partner Robert Hope wed in 2011.


Special K said...

Pope Says He Won't Judge Gay Priests

Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.

"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked.

ABC News

Cloud 9 said...

"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked.

This man is awesome. Great Spotlight today also.

destiny said...

It's nice to see that this Pope has made helping the poor a priority and toning it down a bit on gay issues.

shaved said...

new pic: instagram

the real m said...

Wow, that is quite a change from the traditional catholic sentiment.

Very slow web connection here, but I am trying to check in when I can

prairiegirl said...

"I'm caught! In my own web of lies! This is all blowing up in my face!"

"My serious girlfriend and my torrid love affair have accidentally crossed paths! I've ruined 3 lives!"

BWAH!!!!!! George Costanza after intentionally setting up two girlfriends to meet him at the Corner restaurant at the same time so they would think he was cheating on one of them. LOL!!!

It's a killer, kills me every time. He so overexxagerates the situation that he himself set up. LOLL