To view the complete documents you will need to have Adobe Acrobat. Here are the links to: THE ROYAL BALLET 2003/4 SEASON ROH2, Education and Pricing Open House screenings around the country The Index page with all the various press releases for the 2003-4 season THE ROYAL BALLET - COMPANY NEWS
The Company is delighted to announce the appointment of Jeanetta Laurence
to Assistant Director of The Royal Ballet. Born in Oxford, she trained with June Christian and later the Royal Ballet Schools. In 1969 she joined The Royal Ballet Touring Company, under John Field and then Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, under Peter Wright. She was appointed Assistant Ballet Mistress in 1978 and left the Company to have a family in 1979. From 1980-83 she was the press and publicity officer for the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, and the Gate at the Latchmere, Battersea. In 1983, she founded an agency for dancers and choreographers, Dance Directory, with fellow dancer Rashna Homji which ran successfully for eight years. She then spent two years assisting Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne before joining The Royal Ballet as Artistic Administrator in 1990.
In September 2003, Viacheslav Samodurov
and Federico Bonelli
will both join The Royal Ballet from Dutch National Ballet as Principal Dancers. David Makhateli
will join as a First Soloist in September 2003, from Houston Ballet, and he will also perform as a Guest Artist in Romeo and Juliet this Summer.
The Royal Ballet would like to take this opportunity to welcome the following dancers who have joined the Company this Season: First Artist Christina Salerno
from Zurich Ballet (December 2002), Artist Cindy Jourdain
from English National Ballet (January 2003) and Artist Paul Kay
from the Royal Ballet School (February 2003).
As part of our continuing relationship with Dance Theater of Harlem, The Royal Ballet will be joined by two Guest Artists from the Company. Eric Underwood and Kevin Thomas
will appear in two performances of The Four Temperaments in November.
Principal Character Artist David Drew
will retire as a full Company member at the end of this Season, and will return next Season as a Guest Artist. He trained at Westbury School of Dancing in Bristol and the Royal Ballet School before joining The Royal Ballet in 1955. He was promoted to Soloist in 1961 and Principal in 1974.
Principal Dancer Johan Persson
has left the Company to pursue a career in photography. Born in Sweden in 1971 he first studied with the Royal Swedish Ballet School and then the National Ballet School of Canada in 1973 before joining National Ballet of Canada in 1990. He joined The Royal Ballet as a Principal in 2000.
First Soloist Nicola Tranah
left The Royal Ballet after her last performance of Winter Dreams in January, in order to spend more time with her family. After graduating from the Royal Ballet School in 1982 she spent two years with Dutch National Ballet before joining The Royal Ballet as an Artist in 1984. She will be dancing as a Guest Artist during the Russian Tour later this Season.
First Soloist Muriel Valtat
has left The Royal Ballet following the birth of her second child and has moved with her family to her husband’s native country, Canada. Born and trained in Paris she came to England in 1984 to study at the Royal Ballet School, before joining The Royal Ballet in 1985. Over the intervening years she danced as a Soloist with the National Ballet of Canada and Scottish Ballet before returning to The Royal Ballet in 1991.
Artist Natalie Decorte
has decided to return home to dance with Australian Ballet. Born in Sydney where she trained with the Australian Ballet School before studying at the Royal Ballet School. She joined the Company in 1999 and will be leaving before the start of the Russian Tour in June.
Artist Jose Maria Tirado
will leave The Royal Ballet to pursue a freelance career in dance. Born in Madrid, Spain, he trained with Julia Estevez and with San Francisco Ballet School before joining The Royal Ballet in 2000.
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