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Geon Van der Wyst


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#1 Paquita

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Posted 14 February 2004 - 11:24 AM

It has just been anounced that Geon van der Wyst is resigning due to a chronic knee problem: http://www.national....ease/20040213-1
No news as to what he will pursue next. I will miss him especially next season in Madame Butterfly. I think Pinkerton was the first role I saw him in.

#2 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 14 February 2004 - 11:33 AM

I only saw van der Wyst once, in Mozartiana, which was not really his sort of repertory. What did others think of him?

#3 Marga

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Posted 17 February 2004 - 10:24 AM

There's a lengthy article about van der Wyst in today's Globe:

Pain: 'The curse of ballet'

Geon van der Wyst's last-minute resignation from The National Ballet illustrates the gruelling punishment dancers must endure -- often in silence -- for their art

By PAULA CITRON
Tuesday, February 17, 2004 - Page R3

Geon van der Wyst could be a poster boy for the injuries a dancer can expect in the ballet world. When the National Ballet of Canada opens its mixed program tomorrow, and returns with The Sleeping Beauty the following week, van der Wyst will not be on stage. He was cast in key roles in Serenade and Alice, and minor roles in Beauty, but resigned as principal dancer on Feb. 12, two days before The Sleeping Beauty opened, leaving the company scrambling to fill in the holes.....



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#4 jer468

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 08:26 AM

This is a really sad story.

Geon never left a mark on me as a dancer but you hate to see anybody's career ended this way.

The company will miss him because they can't much afford to lose a decent male dancer.

I wonder if he'll stay in Toronto. He is partnered with one of the National's dancers. But I suspect he's in the country on a foreign worker visa so that might be tough.

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 11:23 AM

I wonder if he'll stay in Toronto.  He is partnered with one of the National's dancers.  But I suspect he's in the country on a foreign worker visa so that might be tough.

This is van der Wyst's own answer to what you are wondering (quoted from the same Globe & Mail article mentioned above):

For his future plans, all he will say is that he will be exercising the academic part of his brain, and that he will remain in Toronto to be with his significant other, Aleksandar Antonijevic, also a National principal dancer.



#6 Paquita

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 01:24 PM

There was another article about van der Wyst's resign in the Star yesterday:
http://www.thestar.c...d=1077232209801

The article also discusses dance injuries in general among NBoC dancers such as Johan Persson, Veronica Tennant, Jaimie Tapper and others. It is really sad that he has to end his career so early. When you've been devoted to ballet for such a large part of your life, there is usually little else to do. Of course, Persson and Tennant have been able to use their creativity in other ways- photography and film/TV, but it is nevertheless a difficult transition. Van der Wyst did do some modelling on the side back in Australia, maybe he might look into that?

I also found his comment, "20th Century choreographers put a lot more strain on the body" interesting. The classics are certainly demanding, but the contemporary works do put stress on different joints and the strain on the body is different from what most dancers are used to from their classical training.

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Posted 03 December 2005 - 04:20 PM

I was recently in Toronto and was casually looking at houses for sale. One house had a real estate sign out front and the agent's name was Geon Van Der Wyst. There can't be more that one guy in TO with that name, can there? Could this be his new career? Best of luck to him if it is.

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Posted 03 December 2005 - 05:21 PM

Sure sounds like you are right:
see last article : AFTER THE LAST DANCE
All the best to him! Career changes are never easy.

#9 Marga

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Posted 03 December 2005 - 06:07 PM

Here is his agent listing (with photo):

Geon van der Wyst, Royal LePage Real Estate

I've had it bookmarked since he joined Royal LePage, ready to give to friends who are looking for a house in Toronto!

#10 Noreen Arnold

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Posted 05 December 2005 - 04:39 AM

Just recently, there was an article about Geon selling the house belonging to Kurt Brownin and Sonia Rodriguez in Forest Hills. That should be a nice commission!

#11 Geon

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Posted 22 January 2007 - 07:12 PM

Here is his agent listing (with photo):

Geon van der Wyst, Royal LePage Real Estate

I've had it bookmarked since he joined Royal LePage, ready to give to friends who are looking for a house in Toronto!



Hi there,
I was doing alittle research into optimising my new Realtor Website and came across your blog. I just wanted to write a quick note of thanks for your kind words above. I am deeply moved by you support. I am having a wonderful time learning a new path in life and feeling a great sense of satisfaction from my last. I am fortunate enough to be able to carry so many qualities I possessed as a dancer to the equally as competitive and challenging world of the Real Estate industry. Though I do very much miss being on stage, I am still welcome and part of the family under Karen Kain's wing. The company is looking great and continually growing with each day under her guidance.

It would be such a pleasure to have a chance to work with anyone you recommend me to. The committment to excellence, and making a difference in peoples life is, and always will be one of my enduring purposes in life.

With kindest regards, Geon van der Wyst
Former Pricipal National Ballet of Canada
Royal Le page Real Estate Services Ltd.


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