Ruth BrillBorn in Kent, Ruth trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and English National Ballet School. She danced with English National Ballet from 2007-2012, and then moved to Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB), attracted by their broader repertoire and the opportunity to work with David Bintley. Ruth was promoted to First Artist in 2014. Ruth has choreographed for the Future Dreams Charity Gala at the London Palladium (2018), community Flashmobs for Birmingham Weekender (2015, 2017) and The Rugby World Cup Welcoming Ceremony for England (2015). Ruth was given her first chance to create new choreography for BRB in 2013. Her formal commissions include Rhapsody in Blue (2014), Matryoshka (2015), Arcadia (2017), which was short listed for the FEDORA prize, and most recently, Peter and The Wolf (2019). Ruth is currently the Interim Artistic Director / Choreographer at the National Youth Ballet.
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Daniela Cardim is a Brazilian/British choreographer based in London. She trained with Prof. Eliana Karin and danced with Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro for 5 years and with Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam for 11 years. Daniela has created works for Dutch National Ballet, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo Companhia de Dança, English National Ballet School, Dutch National Ballet’s School, School of American Ballet (as part of the New York Choreographic Institute) and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. For NEBT Daniela created Tangents in 2013, Vertex in 2016 and Two Husbands in 2019.
Michael CorderMichael Corder was born in London, trained at the Royal Ballet School and danced with The Royal Ballet, Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and Australian Ballet. An active choreographer, he has created over 60 works, including Synergies for NEBT in 2012.
Wayne EaglingWayne Eagling was born in Montreal and trained at the Patricia Ramsey Studio of Dance Arts and The Royal Ballet School. He graduated into The Royal Ballet in 1969 and was promoted to Principal in 1975. He became Artistic Director of Dutch National Ballet (1991–2003), Artistic Director of English National Ballet (2005–12) and choreographed a number of works The Royal Ballet, La Scala Ballet, Milan, Kremlin Ballet Company, Moscow, New National Theatre, Japan and the Hungarian National Opera. For NEBT, Wayne choreographed Remembrance set to music by Handel played live by The English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket in 2018.
For NEBT, Jenna created Classical Symphony for Synergies in 2012, and The Four Seasons in 2017 which also featured in our 2018 Remembrance Programme.
Peter initially trained as a classical ballet dancer at The Royal Ballet School before dancing at Bayerisches Staatsballett, Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon and Dutch National Ballet. He has also studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, and photography at Central Saint Martins, London, and the Fotoacademie NL. He is the creative director of House of Makers, an Amsterdam-based interdisciplinary performance arts company, and has been affiliated with the Dutch National Ballet as a Young Creative Associate since 2016. His works include commissions for Dutch National Ballet; the Van Gogh Museum, EYE museum, and Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam; Rotterdam Kunsthal, and Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam; Origen Cultural Festival, Switzerland; International Bach Festival in Gran Canaria; music producer and DJ, Armin van Buuren; fashion designer, David Laport; KLM & Rituals, and Heineken.
www.peter-leung.com | Photo by Bowie Verschuuren
Kristen McNallyEnglish dancer and choreographer Kristen McNally was born in Liverpool and trained locally with Elizabeth Hill before joining the Royal Ballet Upper School. Kirsten graduated into the Royal Ballet in 2002, was promoted to First Artist in 2007, Soloist in 2009 and Principal Character Artist in 2017. For NEBT Kirsten has created three works; Lonesome Gun, Mad Women and Moonshine. www.roh.org.uk
Andrew McNicol is a freelance British choreographer based in London. His choreographic work began whilst studying at The Royal Ballet School, where he won the Kenneth MacMillan choreographic competition. Andrew has launched the McNicol Ballet Collective to connect dancers and collaborators to create ambitious new work.
For NEBT, Andrew created Les Carnaval des Verites for our 2012 Synergies programme, and Kreutzer Sonata in 2013 for a mixed programme which was also showcased in our 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Ernst Meisner is choreographer, and since 2013 the artistic coordinator of Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company. He trained at the Nationale Ballet Academy in Amsterdam and at the Royal Ballet School in London, and subsequently danced with The Royal Ballet and Dutch National Ballet.
For NEBT Ernst created Bright Young Things in 2012.
Brazilian dancer and choreographer Érico Montes was born in São Paulo and trained locally from the age of three until 2002, when he was awarded a bronze medal in the International Dance Seminar in Brasilia and moved to London to study at the London Studio Centre. In 2003 he won gold medal in the Dance Competition in Rieti, Italy, and was awarded a scholarship with The Royal Ballet School. Erico joined The Royal Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to First Artist in 2010. Erico created Wesendonck Lieder for NEBT in 2013, and Toca in 2014, which also featured in our 2015 programme.
www.roh.org.uk | Photo by George Abdilla
Yorkshire raised, Samantha trained at her mother’s school Kirkham Henry Performing Arts before joining The Royal Ballet School White Lodge. She graduated into the Royal Ballet in 1997, was appointed Ballet Mistress in 2012 and retired as a dancer later in the 2012/13.
Samantha created Sixes and Sevens to form part of our Synergies programme in 2012.
Morgann has made work for Northern Ballet, Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet Central, The Print Room, Images of Dance, Royal Ballet Participation, BBC Young Dancer of the Year and Wilton’s Music Hall. In partnership with Jessica Wright, she directs and choreographs dance films. Credits include: Curing Albrecht (English National Ballet & Manchester International Festival, BBC iPlayer) The Last Resort (ENB & Tate Liverpool) and The Try Out (C4 Random Acts).
www.morgannrunacre-temple.com | Photo by Robert Gravenor
Marcelino Sambé was born in Lisbon and studied at the National Conservatory of Lisbon before training at The Royal Ballet Upper School. Marcelino graduated into The Royal Ballet during the 2012/13 Season, was promoted to First Artist in 2014, Soloist in 2015 and First Soloist in 2017.
For NEBT in 2016 as part of our programme Quint-essential: Five New Ballets, Marcelino created Land of Nod.
Born in Worcestershire, George trained first at Elmhurst School For Dance and then at English National Ballet School, where his choreographic work subsequently began. He danced with Polish National Ballet and has had choreography commissioned for a variety of companies including English National Ballet and Dutch National Ballet.
For NEBT George created Threefold in 2012, and Strangers in 2016.
Valentino was born in Calcinate and began training locally aged four. Aged 11 he moved to Milan to study at La Scala Ballet School. At 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. Following training at The Royal Ballet Upper School he joined Zürich Ballet. He joined the Royal Ballet in 2010, promoted to First Artist in 2011, Soloist in 2012 and First Soloist in 2014.
Valentino’s piece Orbital Motion was part of our 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons, and in 2016 he created Enticement’s Lure for Quint-essential 2016 and The Four Seasons and other works in 2017.