Q&A | 30 Questions For Principal Dancer Of The National Ballet Greta Hodgkinson

By Ludwig Van on February 24, 2020

Greta Hodgkinson (Photo courtesy of the National Ballet)
Greta Hodgkinson (Photo: Karolina Kuras)

Ludwig Van’s Q&A series is comprised of a bank of questions aimed at artists who have made a serious mark on the arts scene in Toronto. They pick and choose. The minimum response is 20 answers.

For nearly 30 years, Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson has been a fixture at Canada’s premiere ballet company. First joining the National Ballet in 1990, Greta quickly rose to fame as Principal Dancer on 1996. An artist acclaimed for her dazzling technical virtuosity, dramatic intensity and articulate characterization, she is the complete ballerina par excellence. Greta Hodgkinson has performed every leading role in the classical repertoire and her talents extend to the contemporary repertoire as well.

Her farewell performances are coming up: she will dance the seminal role of Marguerite in Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand. This production, which was acquired in Greta’s honour by Karen Kain and the National Ballet, makes its company premiere February 29 – March 7, 2020. After that, Greta will appear in Crypto (by her National Ballet colleague and frequent partner Guillaume Côté) for Canadian Stage.

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What are three things about Toronto that make you want to live here?

Quality of life, it’s diversity and restaurants

Your drink/cocktail of choice?

Wine (white: Sancerre or Sauvignon Blanc/ red: Bordeaux)

Your favourite sound?

My kids laughing

Your least favourite sound?

My kids crying

First thing that comes to your mind when you think about Toronto.

Home

The dumbest thing that you’ve ever done to your hair?

I tried to go blonde and it ruined my hair

Where was the last place you traveled to for work or pleasure?

Cruise to the Caribbean

What is your biggest phobia?

Claustrophobia

Where did you go to school?

Canada’s National Ballet School

Signature meal to cook at home?

Pasta pomodoro / eggplant parmigiana

Summer or winter?

Summer

The cliché that you overuse?

“Everything happens for a reason”

The last show you binge watched?

The Crown, Afterlife

Shoe of choice?

Sneakers

The different career path that you could have gone on?

Being a chef

Your ancestry?

Armenian/ English, French Canadian

What did you dress up for Halloween when you were a kid?

Wonder Woman

Television show that you could tolerate re-runs of?

The Office

Your major character flaw?

Impatience/Perfectionism

The character flaw in others that you can’t abide?

No sense of humour

What are you the most proud of?

My family

What is the best thing about your work?

Performing

What is the worst thing about your work?

Physical pain

The talent that you wish you possessed?

A gorgeous singing voice

What are you listening to as you answer these questions?

A discussion about shows on Netflix

What musical instrument do you secretly long to play?

Piano (it’s not so secret)

What sport did you give up and why?

Ice skating, in order to pursue ballet

The thing that makes you the angriest?

Ignorance

The first three things that you do every morning?

Make coffee, get my son breakfast, check my phone for messages

The best way to die?

In your sleep

To read more from our Q&A Series, click HERE.

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