Prima Ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada for 25 years, Veronica Tennant, won hearts and accolades performing with the "greats", including Erik Bruhn, Rudolf Nureyev, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Now an internationally recognized filmmaker, director/producer and writer, her shows have garnered several Gemini Awards and the prestigious International Emmy Award for "Karen Kain: Dancing In The Moment". Forming Veronica Tennant Productions in 1997, she has produced and directed extensively for CBC and Bravo!, including her most recent, a pairing of "SwanS", and "Shadow Pleasures", inspired by and collaborating with, author Michael Ondaatje.
Tennant holds five Honorary Doctorates, has written two children's books, is an inductee of Canada's Walk of Fame, and is National Ambassador for UNICEF.
Selected honours in 2004/5: awarded the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts; awarded the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 1975 she was the first dancer to be appointed to the Order of Canada as Officer. In 2004 she was elevated to the rank of Companion, the country's highest honour.
Veronica Tennant, C.C has performed in several Hans Christian Andersen pieces in her carrier as a dancer, director, choreographer and narrator:
1980: Danny Kaye's musical "Hans Christian Andersen", Young People's Theatre i Toronto
1999: "The Snow Queen", score by Patrick Cardy, Amati Quartet, Harbourfront, ROM, Toronto
1998: "The Little Match Girl", Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony
1997: "The Little Mermaid", score by Patrick Cardy, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
1997: "The Little Match Girl", Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony
1995: "The Little Match Girl", Harbourfront, Toronto
1993: "The Snow Queen", score by Patrick Cardy, St. Lawrence Quartet
1991: "The Snow Queen and The Little Mermaid", St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto