A native of Yugoslavia, Aleksandar Antonijevic studied at the National Ballet School in Novi Sad. He was a soloist with the Zurich Opera Ballet in Switzerland and Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada for over 20 years.
Mr. Antonijevic has danced leading roles in most of the major works in the company’s repertoire including principal roles in Giselle, Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Manon and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as well as numerous George Balanchine ballets, including Apollo, Diamonds and Rubies from Jewels, Theme and Variations and Stravinsky Violin Concerto. He has performed lead roles in Opus 19/ The Dreamer, the second detail, Forgotten Land, Etudes, Song of a Wayfarer and Chroma.
He created several principal roles in works by James Kudelka, including
Prince Ivan in The Firebird and Siegfried in Swan Lake. Mr. Antonijevic danced the role of Petruschka in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier as well as the role of Trigorin in Seagull.
An accomplished international guest artist, Mr. Antonijevic has performed with English National Ballet, Inoue Ballet Japan, Ballet Santiago of Chile and PACT Ballet South Africa and has partnered many of the world’s finest prima ballerinas, including Susan Jaffe, Viviana Durante, Lucia LaCarra, Evelyn Hart and Tamara Rojo.
Mr. Antonijevic is also an award winning photographer. His work has been featured at CONTACT, Toronto’s annual international photography festival and in eight private exhibitions. He has photographed for some of the major arts organizations in Toronto including The National Ballet of Canada, SoulPepper, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Pro Arte Danza and Others.
In 2011, Mr. Antonijevic was awarded the Rolex Dancers First Award for his role as the White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and in 2009, he won the Dancers First Award for his portrayal of Don José in Carmen.
Upon retiring from stage Mr. Antonijevic has become a sought after teacher, coach and stager of ballets. He staged Nr.24 by Guillaume Cote for The National Ballet of Canada in 2015. In 2016 he staged parts of Erik Bruhn’s Swan Lake on Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, as part of Nikolaj Hubbe’s new production of the same Ballet. In 2017 he was invited by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow to stage a full length production of Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet and went back to oversee the world simulcast of the same production in 2018.