ROBERT BINET JOINS THE ROYAL BALLET AS CHOREOGRAPHIC APPRENTICE
The Royal Ballet is delighted to welcome Robert Binet as Choreographic Apprentice for the rest of the 2011/12 season. Robert has been invited to take up his post with the Company after working with Wayne McGregor during ROH2’s choreographic lab, Dance Lines last year.
Binet trained at Canada’s National Ballet School for nine years, where his talent for choreography developed, culminating in winning the Peter Dwyer Scholarship in 2010, awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Following that, he took part in the Spring 2011 session of the New York Choreographic Institute and created work for the National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic Lab. He has also worked with John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet and has been invited to work with the German National Youth Ballet later this year.
Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, Wayne McGregor said of the appointment: “We are absolutely delighted to offer this new opportunity within the ROH to such a gifted and proactive young choreographer. Robert’s work was initially introduced to me by Deborah Bull and I immediately offered him a place on the Dance Lines initiative where his visible commitment, energy and ideas were captivating. We look forward to formally mentoring Robert and offering him the chance to create work both inside and outside the ROH, to watch others create and to develop a strategic plan for his burgeoning choreographic career. The Royal Ballet’s Choreographic Apprenticeship scheme underlines our commitment to nurturing artists at various stages of their development and provides a new mechanism for supporting emerging choreographic talent.”
Robert Binet’s first opportunity with The Royal Ballet was a ‘work in progress’ entitled At the River Styx for Draft Works, the annual opportunity for dancers of the Company to create new work and to explore short choreographic sketches. Draft Works provides a unique opportunity for audiences to see creative, new work in its most elemental form and it is a platform for dancers to experiment with choreography. The brief is completely open and all the pieces are in various stages of development, performed un-costumed and in studio light conditions. At the River Styx was created for First Soloists Yuhui Choe and Ricardo Cervera and is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus trying to retrieve his wife Eurydice from the Underworld.
Robert Binet will continue to work with The Royal Ballet and be mentored by Wayne McGregor until July 2012.