Born in Liverpool, Kristen trained with Elizabeth Hill before joining The Royal Ballet Upper School in 1999. She danced in Christopher Wheeldon’s Souvenirs and Steven Greenston’s Interpretations for the school’s annual performance before joining the Royal Ballet in 2002. She was promoted to First Artist in 2007 and then Soloist in 2009. Her repertory includes Swan Lake, Manon, Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Imperial, Les Rendezvous, Gong, La Valse, Daphnis and Chloë, Onegin, The Lesson, The Seven Deadly Sins and Carmen.
An increasingly successful choreographer, her previous choreographic achievements include Yes We Did and Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game both of which were created for the New Works performances at the Linbury Studio Theatre in the Royal Opera House. She also created Metheus for BalletBoyz the TALENT in the Linbury Studio Theatre. Her ballet Lonesome Gun was performed to great audience acclaim in NEBT’s debut season in 2012, as well as Mad Women in 2014 and 2015. In Summer 2016 NEBT brought both ballets to Latitude Festival and Canary Wharf Summer Sessions, to great acclaim.
Description of the ballet – Moonshine
In this work, Kristen explores, with her usual wit, the concept of the ‘pilgrimage’ – a person’s journey or search for moral or spiritual significance.
Music: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Original Film Score medley
Number of dancers: 5
Duration: 10 minutes