Italian dancer Valentino Zucchetti is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and on graduation joined Zürich Ballet. He joined the Company in 2010, promoted to First Artist in 2011, Soloist in 2012 and First Soloist in 2014.
Zucchetti was born in Calcinate and began training locally aged four. Aged 11 he moved to Milan to study at La Scala Ballet School. Aged 16 he was offered a scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet Upper School and while there won the 2006 Genée International Ballet Competition and the 2007 Solo Seal award. In his final year he created a role in Christopher Hampson’s Three Dialogues for the School’s annual matinee. He subsequently joined Zürich Ballet and moved to Norwegian National Ballet in 2009.
His repertory in Zürich and Oslo included Gurn (La Sylphide) and Prince (The Nutcracker). Zucchetti’s repertory with The Royal Ballet includes Colas (La Fille mal gardée), Rhapsody, blue boy (Les Patineurs), Lescaut and Beggar Chief (Manon), Brother Clown (The Winter’s Tale), Gypsy Girl’s Lover (The Two Pigeons), Lensky (Onegin), Espada (Don Quixote), Hilarion (Giselle), Puck (The Dream), Hans-Peter and Prince (The Nutcracker), Mercutio and Lead Mandolin (Romeo and Juliet), Bronze Idol (La Bayadère), Officer (Anastasia), pas de trois (Swan Lake), Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty).
Zucchetti won the School’s Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award in 2005. He choreographed Sonata for Six for the School’s 2013 matinee and regularly creates pieces for The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works. In 2013 he choreographed Orbital Motion for New English Ballet Theatre.
Jenna Lee has been working with NEBT for a number of years and our partnership grows stronger by the venture. This year, for our 2017 season, Jenna is producing a ballet to Max Richter’s powerful composition entitled ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Recomposed’.
Jenna was born in Weymouth and started taking ballet lessons at the age of three. She trained in all types of genre of dance through to the age of 11 and was accepted into the Royal Ballet School. During her training at the Royal Ballet School she was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to choreograph and went on to win several prizes at the annual choreographic competition. At the age of 16, Jenna was offered a place at English National Ballet School, where she continued her training. Whilst there, Jenna was selected by the BBC to choreograph a trailer advertising the European Grand Prix for young dancers.
In 2002, whilst still at the school, she worked with English National Ballet during their Christmas season, and was subsequently offered a contract with the company. Jenna was promoted to First Artist within the Company in 2007, and to Soloist in 2008.
As well as performing major roles with the Company, she has created many of English National Ballet’s more adventurous small scale dance works. In 2006 Jenna choreographed Ballet Rocks to launch Sky HD. The piece was to music by Bloc Party and featured eight dancers costumed by Giles Deacon.
Other notable creations include The Beautiful Game, A Football Ballet in 2009, and pieces for the main stage at Bestival in both 2009 and 2011. Jenna is also an expert in mass-participation choreography, having worked with over 200 school children for Swanning Around, a huge dance project which was performed at the Royal Albert Hall and for World Expo in Shanghai in 2010. More recently she choreographed an advert for Citroen and fused ballet with breakdancing whilst collaborating with Flawless in 2012.
In 2014, Jenna left English National Ballet to make the transition into a new career as a freelance choreographer, and received a Financial Retraining Grant from Dancers’ Career Development to support her in establishing her own company, JLee Productions. We caught up with Jenna after a year in her new career.
COMPANY MANAGER AND CHOREOGRAPHER
Daniela Cardim danced with the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam for 11 years and with Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro for 5 years. She was commissioned by Dutch National Ballet to create choreographic works for the company on three occasions.
In 2016 she created Uirapuru for Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro; the work was successfully received by both critics and audience. She also created works for São Paulo Companhia de Dança, Dutch National Ballet’s School, School of American Ballet (as part of the New York Choreographic Institute) and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.
Daniela holds a first class degree in Arts Management. She works with NEBT as Company Manager and Ballet Mistress. She is also one of NEBT’s choreographers and created works for the company in 2014 and 2015. She was recently cited as ‘new name to watch’ by Dance Europe Magazine’s Critic’s Choice for these works.
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Dancers/Choreographers who are willing to work in a neo-classical genre may apply for future years by sending a DVD of work and a CV.