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4 March 2011

BALLET ROCKS on Saturday 12th March at 11.45am at MOVE IT.

Parla Piu Piano by Royal Ballet choreographer Alastair Marriott and Royal Ballet Principals Lauren Cuthbertson and Nehimiah Kish, presented by ISTD.

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Lauren Cuthbertson

Lauren was born in Devon and began dancing with the Junior Associates, Royal Ballet School, White Lodge and Upper School from Sept 1995 - Feb 2002. She gained 2ndplace in Young British Dancer of the Year in 2000 and in 2001 she was the Silver Medallist at the Adeline Genée Award.  She joined The Royal Ballet in February 2002 as an Artist, was promoted to Soloist in September 2003, First Soloist in September 2006 and Principal in June 2008.

Her repertory with the Company includes Juliet in MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Mitzi Casper in Mayerling, a courtesan in Manon, Odette/Odile in Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Coppélia, Don Quixote, the Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine in Natalia Makarova’s The Sleeping Beauty, the Lilac Fairy and Princess Aurora in Monica Mason and Christopher Newton’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, L’Ete in David Bintley’s Les Saisons, the lead female role in Tombeaux, Cathy Marston’s Traces, Gamzatti and Nikiya in Markarova’s production of La Bayadère, Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, Jirí Kylían’s Sinfonietta, Peter Wright’s production of Giselle, Myrtha in his Giselle, Polyhymnia in Apollo, Agon,Symphony in C, the First Sylph in Johan Kobborg’s production of August Bournonville’s La Sylphide, the Pas de deux from Wayne McGregor’s Qualia, and side Neapolitan couple in Ashton’s Ondine, Symphonic Variations, Summer and Winter Fairy in Ashton’s Cinderella, the Pas de trois in Les Rendezvous, Napoli Divertissements, the female role in Rubies as part of George Balanchine’s Jewels and the title role in Ashton's Sylvia and Cinderella.

She has created roles in Cathy Marston’s Between Shadows (2002), Christopher Wheeldon’s Tryst (2002), David Bintley’s Les Saisons (2003), Wayne McGregor’sQualia (2002), Robert Garland’s Spring Rites (2004), Cathy Marston’s Venetian Requiem (2004), Matjash Mrozewski’s Castle Nowhere (2006), Wayne McGregor’sChroma (2006), and Infra (2008) Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV (2006), The Royal Variety Performance with Russell Watson choreographed by Alastair Marriott (2010) and Alice in Christopher Wheeldons Alice in Wonderland (2011).
Nehemiah Kish

Born in Michigan, USA, Nehemiah trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and joined the National Ballet of Canada in 2001. He quickly worked his way up through the company’s ranks being promoted to Principal in 2005. In 2008 he joined the Royal Danish Ballet as a Principal and in September 2010 he then joined The Royal Ballet as a Principal.

His repertory with the National Ballet of Canada includes Albrecht in Peter Wright’s production of Giselle, Prince Florimund in Rudolph Nureyev’s The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, the lead male in Kenneth MacMillan’sSong of the Earth, Frederick Ashton’s Monotones II, the Poet in Fokine’s Les Sylphides and the lead male in Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia. Nehemiah has also danced several ballet’s by Glen Tetly and Jerome Robbins and his Balanchine repertory, in which he danced lead roles, includes Apollo, Theme and Variations, ‘Diamonds’ (Jewels), Symphony in C (2nd & 3rd movements), The Four Temperaments (Phlegmatic), the Stravinsky Violin Concerto and the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.

During his time at the National Ballet of Canada, Nehemiah worked closely with the choreographer and former artistic director of the company James Kudelka, dancing the lead roles in his productions of Swan Lake, the Firebird and Cinderella.

Nehemiah’s repertory with the Royal Danish Ballet includes the title role in John Cranko’s Onegin, Basil in Alicia Alonso’s Don Quixote, the Prince in Tim Rushton’sCinderella and Oberon in Neumeier’s A Midsummer Nights Dream. He also danced James in Nikolaj Hubbe’s staging of the Royal Danish Ballet’s signature work La Sylphide, by August Bournonville, and created the role of Albrecht in a new production of Giselle staged by Nikolaj Hübbe and Sorella Englund.

He has made guest appearances with the Angel Corella Ballet dancing Solar in Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadere, the Suzanne Ferell Ballet dancing Balanchine’s Don Quixoteand he has performed Christopher Wheeldon’s Prokofiev Pas de Deux with Morphoses Dance Company.

Since joining The Royal Ballet Nehemiah has made his debuts in Frederick Ashton’s La Valse, and as Vershinin in MacMillan’s Winter Dreams. In October/November 2010 he danced with Tamara Rojo at the International Ballet Festival of Havana and in December 2010 he also danced a new pas de deux with Lauren Cuthbertson, choreographed by Alastair Marriott, at the Royal Variety Performance.

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