Oakville Ballet is proud to introduce the guest artists Markham born Jessica Burrows and Swedish born Lucas Jerkander, both currently with the Hong Kong Ballet Company.
Jessica will perform the role of Nikiya – La Bayadère.
Lucas will perform the role of Solor – La Bayadère.
Born in Markham, Jessica graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School in 2009 and danced with the National Ballet of Canada for a year before joining Hong Kong Ballet in 2010 as a member of the Corps de Ballet. She was promoted to Coryphée in 2015. She has performed many feature roles with the Company including Red Skirt soloist in In Light and Shadow, Kitri’s Friend in Don Quixote and the Russian Doll and Egyptian Doll in The Nutcracker to name but a few. She also danced in the world première of Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio.
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Lucas Jerkander trained at The Royal Swedish Ballet School and was a member of Slovenian National Ballet in 2007. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2014, was named Coryphée in 2015 and became Soloist in 2016. With Hong Kong Ballet, Jerkander has danced featured and main roles including Gepetto in the world première of Isberg’s Pinocchio. Before joining the Company, he danced lead roles in Balanchine’s Apollo and Serenade, Bournonville’s La Sylphide, Dawson’sGiselle, Kylian’s Svadebka, Mukhamedov’s Don Quixote and The Sleeping Beauty and Vamos’ Romeo and Juliet and The Nutcracker.