On Wednesday 24th March 2021, we are delighted to welcome Royal Ballet First Artists Hannah Grennell and Téo Dubreuil as our guests. Both Hannah and Téo trained at the Royal Ballet School, but graduated into Dutch National Ballet and English National Ballet respectively before joining The Royal Ballet in 2014.
Whilst at Dutch National, Hannah’s roles included the corps de ballet in The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Swan Lake, Cinderella and in Ton Simmon’s Romance pas de deux. Téo’s repertory at ENB included pas de cinq (Suite en blanc), pas de trois (Swan Lake) and roles in Raymonda Act III and Le Corsaire.
More recently at the Royal, they have both performed in Within the Golden Hour and Flight Pattern and Hannah has also performed in Corybantic Games, Everyone Keeps Me, as a Priestess in Medusa and as Grandmother and Spanish Dancer in The Nutcracker and Téo in Monitones II, as Mandolin Dancer in Romeo and Juliet and as Arabian Dancer and Chinese Dancer in The Nutcracker. Working as a model, Hannah appeared with Viktor & Rolf in their Haute Couture spring 2014 show. We can expect a very interesting evening.
On Wednesday 14th April 2021, we are privileged to welcome our President Christopher Saunders, Rehearsal Director and Principal Character Artist with the Royal Ballet. Although a regular at our annual dinners and at the open rehearsals to which members have been invited, it is amazingly 17 years since Chris last spoke at one of our meetings, so we have a lot to catch up on.
Chris made his professional debut aged nine in Gypsy with Angela Lansbury. After training at The Royal Ballet School, he entered the Company in 1983, was promoted to Soloist in 1991 and Principal Character Artist in 1997. He was appointed Ballet Master in 2001 and Rehearsal Director in 2017. He has staged ballets across the Company’s repertory as well as staging works for companies across Europe and in Japan and the USA. His recent roles include Herr Drosselmeyer, King Florestan, Edgar Elgar in Enigma Variations, Monsieur G.M. in Manon, Kostchei in The Firebird, Don Quixote and Lorenzo in Don Quixote.
Chris wrote a fascinating article for one of our newsletters recently and we look forward to hearing more about his various roles in the Company.
On Wednesday 21st April 2021, we are delighted to welcome Royal Ballet Principal Federico Bonelli as our guest. Born in Genoa, Federico joined the Company as a Principal in 2003, having previously danced with Zürich Ballet and Dutch National Ballet.
He has danced roles across the whole of the Company’s classical and heritage repertoire and created roles in many new works, including Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, Dr Samuel-Jean Pozzi in Strapless, Victor in Frankenstein and Wayne McGregor’s Live Fire Exercise, Tetractys, Woolf Works and Multiverse. More recently he performed in Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and as Eugene Onegin in Onegin having previously danced the role of Lensky.
Federico last spoke to the Association six years ago, so we have much to catch up on as well as looking back over his long career.
On Wednesday 5th May 2021, as our guest, we welcome former Royal Ballet Principal Johan Kobborg. His production of Romeo and Juliet, which received its premiere in the Arena di Verona in 2019, should have been performed on the 6th May 2021 in the Royal Albert Hall, but sadly has had to be postponed for a second time. We are delighted that this has enabled Johan to speak to the Association.
He has recently returned from Russia, where his production of Don Quixote, was being performed and, before that in February, his new production of Cinderella for NBA Ballet Tokyo received its premiere with the Royal Ballet’s Akane Takada. His production of La Sylphide was first staged on the Royal Ballet in 2005 and he has since mounted productions of the ballet on many companies including the Bolshoi. In 2018 he was lead choreographer for Ralph Fiennes’ film The White Crow. Johan joined the Royal Ballet as a Principal in 1999 having previously danced with the Royal Danish Ballet for eleven years. He danced roles in ballets across the Company’s repertoire before leaving in 2013. From 2014-2016 he was Artistic Director of the Romanian National Ballet.
We can expect a fascinating evening looking back on his career with The Royal Ballet as well as hearing about his many projects since leaving.