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  • Choreography and direction Guillaume Côté
  • Story and text Royce Vavrek
  • Music Mikael Karlsson

Guillaume Côté’s newest full-length production is a reflection on beauty and our obstinate desire to control and transform it.  Inspired by a story written by librettist Royce Vavrek, Crypto is a dark and complex tale that blends theatre, music, technology and gestures tinged with classicism to create a work that is free from the conventional aesthetic and storytelling needs of a traditional ballet. 

Guillaume brought together an international team of artists, including Swedish composer Mikael Karlsson and multimedia designers HUB Studio, to bring the story to life.  Working collaboratively with exceptional dancers from The National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Ballet of Flanders, the result is a compelling work that embraces experiments, risks and challenges for both performers and the audience.  

© Guillaume Côté
© Guillaume Côté et Greta Hodgkinson
© Guillaume Côté et Greta Hodgkinson


Guillaume Côté, Principal Dancer of The National Ballet of Canada, is one of the most electrifying and in-demand dancers of his generation. Over the past 20 years, he has danced most of the major classical roles with the National Ballet, and as a guest artist, has performed with many of the world’s leading ballet companies.

Guillaume is also an accomplished choreographer, musician and composer, and was named the National Ballet’s Choreographic Associate in 2013.  Characterized by a rich physicality and a complex and often suddenly shifting emotional tenor, his choreography for productions such as Frame By Frame and Le Petit Prince has received widespread acclaim.

Creative team

  • Choreography and direction Guillaume Côté
  • Story and text Royce Vavrek
  • Music Mikael Karlsson
  • Multimedia and set design Mirari; Thomas Payette and Mylène Chabrol
  • Lighting design Simon Rossiter
  • Costume design Christopher Read
  • Animation Motion Designer Joshua Ingleby
  • Illustrator Lily Le
  • Creative Assistant and Rehearsal Director Anisa Tejpar
  • Producer Etienne Lavigne
  • Cast Guillaume Côté, Greta Hodgkinson, Natasha Poon Woo, Casia Vengoechea

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $135,000 supported a technical residency to fully develop the integration of the set, lighting and projections, as well as additional workshops with the dancers to further refine the choreography.


An Anymotion Production, in association with the National Arts Centre's National Creation Fund.

Crypto is a co-production of The CanDance Network Creation Fund, Danse Danse, National Arts Centre, Banff Centre, Canadian Stage and the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Crypto was made possible with the generous support of La fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso

Performance dates

Past performances

Presented by Théâtre Hector-Charland Mar 30 2022 Théâtre Hector-Charland (L’Assomption)
Presented by Théâtre des Deux Rives Apr 1 2022 Théâtre des Deux Rives (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu)
Presented by Maison des arts Desjardins Apr 5 2022 Maison des arts Desjardins (Drummondville)
Presented by NAC Dance Apr 8 - Apr 9, 2022 Babs Asper Theatre (Ottawa)
Presented by Ville d'Alma spectacles Apr 23 - Apr 24, 2022 Salle Michel-Côté (Alma)
Presented by Canadian Stage and TO Live May 5 - May 7, 2022 Bluma Appel Theatre (Toronto)
Presented by Danse Danse May 11 - May 14, 2022 Théâtre Maisonneuve (Montreal)
Presented by Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke May 17 2022 Salle Maurice-O'Bready (Sherbrooke)
Presented by Le Diamant Nov 3 - Nov 5, 2022 Le Diamant (Québec)