Thanks for posting this Emma, I completely forgot myself. Yes, Roberta Marquez is replacing Leanne Benjamin and dancing with Ethan Stiefel in Sleeping Beauty. I did a little research on her last week and this is what I found. ROBERTA MARQUEZ
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From The Globe
Roberta Marquez is a principal dancer in the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janiero. She's worked with Makarova before in La Bayadere (2000) and Swan Lake (2001)
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From the Municipal Theatre's website
According to it she began her dance studies in 1989 in the State School of Dance Maria Olenewa, under the direction of Maria Luisa Noroña and graduated in 1994. She joined the Theatre in the same year where she was a soloist until 2002. Her repertoire includes Napoli, Grand Pas Classique, Serenade, Divertimento Nº15, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Nutcracker, The Taming of the Shrew, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet.
She has worked with figures like David Wall, Marcia Haydee, John Cragun, Elisabeth Platel, Claude Bessy, Vladimir Vassiliev, Natalia Makarova among others.
Partners include Thiago Soares and Inaki Urlezaga, both with the Royal Ballet. I'm sure I read somewhere that she danced with Jose Manuel Carreno but I can't remember where.
Makarova's choice I guess? Not that I mind seeing someone new but I wonder why with the depth of female talent they don't use someone within the company. I remember reading Belinda Hatley replacing Darcey Bussell several years ago. Well if she has Makarova's confidence then that's good enough for me, I'm looking forward to seeing her.
Anyway, here are the google
links, all are in Portugese.
************************** ETHAN STIEFEL
We all know who he is but here's his RB bio anyway from the ABT website
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Mr. Stiefel’s association with The Royal Ballet began in November 1999 in Twyla Tharp’s Junk Man Pas de Deux from Known by Heart. He performed the Tharp piece on the opening programs presented in the two theaters at renovated Covent Garden - the newly created Studio Theater and the Opera House. His subsequent repertoire with The Royal includes Franz in Ninette de Valois’ Coppelia, Colas in Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, both in London and on a United States tour, Solor in La Bayadère, Albrecht in Giselle, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and the company premiere of John Cranko’s Onegin. Sir Anthony Dowell, former Artistic Director of The Royal, invited Mr. Stiefel to appear as Oberon in the Scherzo from Ashton’s The Dream in a Gala honoring Sir Anthony’s years with the company.
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