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Birmingham Royal Ballet - leavers, joiners and promotions 2018/19

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It looks as though the Company are preparing the release of information. I can see the headline on the website but no detail.

 

I’m out with my dog so if anyone sees it before me, please feel free to post on this thread.

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Yasuo Atsuji is promoted from First Soloist to Principal.

 

Yvette Knight is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist.

Brandon Lawrence is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist. 

Maureya Lebowitz is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist. 

Miki Mizutani is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist. 

Yaoqian Shang is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist.

 

Karla Doorbar is promoted from First Artist to Soloist.   

Max Maslen is promoted from First Artist to Soloist. 

Lachlan Monaghan is promoted from First Artist to Soloist.

 

Aitor Galende is promoted from Artist to First Artist. 

Beatrice Parma is promoted from Artist to First Artist. 

Brooke Ray is promoted from Artist to First Artist. 

Edivaldo Souza da Silva is promoted from Artist to First Artist.

Daria Stanciulescu is promoted from Artist to First Artist.

 

 

The following dancers join the company:

August Generalli will join as an Artist from Boston Ballet II. 

Alexander Yap will join as an Artist from Northern Ballet.

Louis Cohen, graduate of the English National Ballet School, will join as an Artist. 

Callum Findlay-White, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.

Tori Forsyth-Hecken, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.

Isabella Howard, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.  

Yu Kurihara, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.

Lennart Steegen, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.

Yuki Sugiura, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.

Eilish Small, graduate of the Australian Ballet School, joined as an Artist earlier in 2018.

Joseph Taylor, graduate of Elmhurst Ballet School, will join as an Apprentice for the 2018/19 season. 

 

 Plus a list of 8 leavers

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Would have loved to see Brandon Lawrence skip a rank, but I'll settle for that.. for now!

 

Apart from that I'm really happy that Edivaldo Souza da Silva has been promoted.

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Thanks Lynette!

 

Huge congratulations to all the well-deserved promotees!!!

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33 minutes ago, Tony Newcombe said:

What a list of First Soloists!. Congratulations to all.

 

Yes - lovely. I think that David Bintley is making up for some omissions last year.

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Can't see anything there to object to - even if one of them is highly overdue :)

 

Congratulations to all the promotees, and best of luck to the new arrivals.

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1 hour ago, Lynette H said:

 Plus a list of 8 leavers

 

Including 4 principals, of course.  I'd forgotten that Iain Mackay's departure had been this year.

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4 principal vacancies but only one replacement.  I have absolutely no issues with the promotion of Yasuo Ajsuji but there will be a real scramble next year.  The incoming director, whoever he or she may be, has a galaxy of talent to develop and work with.

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The official press release:

 

 

Birmingham Royal Ballet announces promotions and new joiners for the 2018/19 season

As the 2017/18 season comes to a close, Birmingham Royal Ballet is delighted to announce the following:

Yasuo Atsuji is promoted from First Soloist to Principal.

Yvette Knight is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist
Brandon Lawrence is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist.
Maureya Lebowitz is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist.
Miki Mizutani is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist.
Yaoqian Shang is promoted from Soloist to First Soloist.

Karla Doorbar is promoted from First Artist to Soloist.
Max Maslen is promoted from First Artist to Soloist.
Lachlan Monaghan is promoted from First Artist to Soloist.

Aitor Galende is promoted from Artist to First Artist.
Beatrice Parma is promoted from Artist to First Artist.
Brooke Ray is promoted from Artist to First Artist.
Edivaldo Souza da Silva is promoted from Artist to First Artist.
Daria Stanciulescu is promoted from Artist to First Artist.

The following dancers join the company:

August Generalli
 will join as an Artist from Boston Ballet II.
Alexander Yap will join as an Artist from Northern Ballet.
Louis Cohen, graduate of the English National Ballet School, will join as an Artist.
Callum Findlay-White, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.
Tori Forsyth-Hecken, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.
Isabella Howard, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.
Yu Kurihara, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.
Lennart Steegen, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.
Yuki Sugiura, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, will join as an Artist.

Eilish Small, graduate of the Australian Ballet School, joined as an Artist earlier in 2018.

Joseph Taylor, graduate of Elmhurst Ballet School, will join as an Apprentice for the 2018/19 season. Joseph is the recipient of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Elmhurst Ballet School Award for Excellence.

Jessica Wheeler, Principal of Elmhurst Ballet School said: "This exciting Award for Excellence in collaboration with our friends at Birmingham Royal Ballet is with thanks to the generosity of one of our most dedicated supporters. Each year it enables a talented graduate student, selected by David Bintley, to work full-time with BRB for an entire ballet season, gaining invaluable experience of the day-to-day life of our associate company, from class and rehearsals at its Birmingham Hippodrome home, to touring across the UK and internationally. We're thrilled 2018 graduate Joseph Taylor follows in the footsteps of Jade Wallace, the first recipient of the award, and we wish him all the very best of luck as he takes his next big step into a professional dance career." 

The following dancers leave the company:

Eight dancers, including Principals Nao Sakuma, Chi Cao and Jenna Roberts, took their final curtain calls at the end of the season following long and successful careers.

After joining the Company together in 1995, Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao have led Birmingham Royal Ballet in the classical repertoire for 23 years. Both renowned for their refined, virtuoso technique and sensitive dramatic interpretations, the pair have enjoyed a beautifully matched partnership. Together, they have produced outstanding performances throughout their careers, shining particularly in the 19th century classics of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Together they created the Spring pas de deux in David Bintley’s The Seasons and the leading roles of Sylvia and Amynta in his revised Sylvia.

Jenna Roberts joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2003 and progressed rapidly through the Company, becoming a Principal in 2012. Jenna has danced, with great versatility, the leading roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Daphnis and Chloë and Cinderella. A favourite with audiences in Birmingham and the Company’s touring venues, she is particularly celebrated for her moving portrayal of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Additionally, she has created roles in Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces, Alexander Whitley’s Kin., Michael Corder’s Le Baiser de la fée and David Bintley’s The Tempest.

Soloist Feargus Campbell leaves Birmingham Royal Ballet after 13 years, during which time he has proved a highly valuable and popular member of the Company. His varied repertory includes Paris and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Bottom and Demetrius in The Dream, Benno in Swan Lake, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room and many roles in David Bintley’s ballets, including Carmina BuranaCinderella, The Prince of the Pagodas and The King Dances. Feargus is due to start the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at the University of Law in Birmingham, with a view to becoming a Barrister. 

Artist Anna Monleon leaves the Company after six years. Her performances include the White Cat in The Sleeping Beauty, Mrs Dimple in Pineapple Poll, Lead Czárdás and Mazurka in Coppélia, the Spanish Dance in The Nutcracker and Harlots in Romeo and Juliet. Anna is moving back to Spain to pursue a new career.

Artist Brogan McKelvey also leaves the Company at the end of the 2017/18 season to pursue choreographic and production opportunities across the country. 

Claudia Nicholson leaves Birmingham Royal Ballet after completing a year-long apprenticeship. After a wonderful season working with her hometown company, she is looking to experience the challenge of working and living somewhere new.  

Jade Wallace also leaves Birmingham Royal Ballet after completing a year-long apprenticeship. Jade is continuing to look for her next performing opportunity.

As previously announced, after an incredible 19-year career with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Principal Iain Mackay retired from the Company in early 2018, giving his final performance as part of an Evening of Music and Dance in a specially choreographed Spartacus pas de deux created by David Bintley and, at Iain’s request, Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain pas de deux. Both were danced with Jenna Roberts, with whom he shared a special on-stage artistic relationship.

Artist Elisabetta Formento left the Company earlier this year to join Dutch National Ballet corps de ballet. 

The Birmingham Royal Ballet Beyond Words 2018/19 season opens with La Fille mal gardée at Birmingham Hippodrome, 26-29 September

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8 minutes ago, Two Pigeons said:

4 principal vacancies but only one replacement.  I have absolutely no issues with the promotion of Yasuo Ajsuji but there will be a real scramble next year.  The incoming director, whoever he or she may be, has a galaxy of talent to develop and work with.

 

I agree TP.  However, with financial considerations I suppose that by only promoting Yasuo to principal more people could be promoted lower down the grades.

 

It's a great list of well-deserved promotions and I am particularly thrilled by the promotions of Brandon, Lachlan and Max who have been wonderful stalwarts of the principals rep this year.

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1 hour ago, Jan McNulty said:

Feargus is due to start the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at the University of Law in Birmingham, with a view to becoming a Barrister. 

 

Are there any other dancers-turned-lawyers out there - or vice versa?

 

One for bangorballetboy perhaps!

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9 minutes ago, Lizbie1 said:

 

Are there any other dancers-turned-lawyers out there - or vice versa?

 

Onefor bangorballetboy perhaps!

 

I don't know about lawyers but one ex-dancer from BRB seems to be a GP in Leeds.

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11 minutes ago, Lizbie1 said:

 

Are there any other dancers-turned-lawyers out there - or vice versa?

 

Onefor bangorballetboy perhaps!

 

Well, I remember someone who trained here who had been at NBT.

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26 minutes ago, bangorballetboy said:

 

Well, I remember someone who trained here who had been at NBT.

 

Don't know if this question simply pertains to UK ballet dancers who became lawyers but there are a goodly number from NYCB - including now senior law firm partners and those also teach law in Ivy league colleges.  (I had the great good fortune of having lived with one while they were still dancing in those heady years.)  The self-discipline of the balletic regime pays significant dividends.  

 

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Just one more thought - one of the joiners is called Joseph Taylor - so is one of the leading dancers at Northern Ballet.  I wonder if "new" Joseph Taylor will have to change his stage name to comply with Equity rules?

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I have a feeling they're not obliged to anymore - but obviously it would make sense to do so to avoid the risk of confusion.

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Very pleased for Yvette Knight. A local dancer from Carnforth, I have seen her perform many times. She is exceptional. The last time was in the second, slow movement of Shostakovich 2nd Piano Concerto, just called 'Concerto'. music re-used to good effect in the last act of The Golden Age. Also saw her in the Shakespeare mixed bill and several others.

 

 

Yvette Knight, 

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On 19/07/2018 at 20:01, Stevie said:

Very pleased for Yvette Knight. A local dancer from Carnforth, I have seen her perform many times. She is exceptional. The last time was in the second, slow movement of Shostakovich 2nd Piano Concerto, just called 'Concerto'. music re-used to good effect in the last act of The Golden Age. Also saw her in the Shakespeare mixed bill and several others.

 

 

Yvette Knight, 

She has really come into her own in the last couple of years. Her Aurora performances this last season were absolutely superb. It was a great shame that she and Yasuo Atsuji did not have the opportunity to dance Concerto at the Royal Opera House during the MacMillan celebrations. I felt that they were as good as any of the RB couples dancing this role in recent years.

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