XANDER PARISH to make his debut as principal in ROMEO & JULIET
In the Mariinsky Ballet’s production on October 18th, St Petersburg, Russia
British ballet dancer XANDER PARISH will make his debut in the title role of Romeo in the Mariinsky Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet on the Mariinsky Theatre’s new stage, Mariinsky II, on October 18th in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Xander’s role as Romeo will mark the first time this highly acclaimed young dancer – the first British dancer ever to join the Mariinsky – will perform a leading role in a three act ballet. With the hugely popular Mariinsky prima ballerina Viktoria Tereshkina as Juliet, this production promises to be a true presentation of classical choreography marrying Mariinsky technique with British drama. Romeo and Juliet premiered in 1940 at what was then the Kirov Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Mariinsky), Leningrad.
Says Xander Parish: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be performing Romeo and really honoured to be partnered with Viktoria; she’s a wonderful dancer with great experience at the very highest level and I’m very privileged to have this opportunity.
“I recently performed as John the Baptist in the new ballet Salome by Emile Faski and making my debut as Apollo was an exciting moment. But performing as Romeo is really exciting; it’s a truly classic role and reflects my readiness to take on more leading roles in full-length classical ballets. As ever I will be guided by the Mariinsky’s artistic director, Yuri Fateyev, who has been steering my career since I joined the company three years ago and who always knows when I’m ready for particular roles.”
Xander, who trained at the Royal Ballet School along with his sister Demelza, joined the Royal Ballet and performed with the company for five years before being invited to join the Mariinsky in 2010 by Artistic Director Yuri Fateyev. Fateyev was sufficiently impressed by Xander’s artistic potential to be trained to dance major leading roles in some of the world’s best known classical ballets – Xander hasn’t looked back since.
“I’m very proud to be able to give Xander this exciting opportunity,” says Yuri Fateyev. “Having brought him to wintry St Petersburg from London just over three years ago, I’m happy to say that our hard work is paying off.”
XANDER PARISH – born in Hull.
• Recipient of the Young British Dancer of the Year award (2nd prize, London, 2004).
• Prize-winner at the Adeline Genée International Ballet Competition (Silver Medal, Athens, 2004).
• Recipient of Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award (Royal Ballet School, 1st prize, 2003).
2005 graduated from the Royal Ballet School and joined the Royal Ballet.
Between 2006 and 2009 toured with the company to Spain, Mexico, the USA, Turkey, China, Japan and Cuba.
Joined the Mariinsky Ballet in January 2010.
He made his Mariinsky Theatre debut as Béranger in the ballet Raymonda.
Giselle (Count Albrecht); choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa, Swan Lake (the Prince’s Friends); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev, La Sylphide (Youths); choreography by August Bournonville, revised version by Elsa-Marianne von Rosen, Raymonda (Béranger); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev, Chopiniana (Nocturne, Mazurka, Seventh Waltz, First Waltz); choreography by Michel Fokine, The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Polish Youths); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov, The Nutcracker (Elegant Cavaliers); choreography by Vasily Vainonen, Spartacus (Satyr); choreography by Leonid Yakobson, Romeo and Juliet (Paris, Troubadour); choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky,
Études; choreography by Harald Lander, Apollo (Apollo), Serenade, Symphony in C, Jewels (Emeralds, Diamonds) and Piano Concerto No 2 (Ballet Imperial), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius); choreography by George Balanchine, Anna Karenina (Tushkevich); choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, Without; choreography by Benjamin Millepied, Le Parc; choreography by Angelin Preljocaj and Intensio; choreography by Yuri Smekalov.
Repertoire also includes:
Schéhérazade (the Slave); choreography by Michel Fokine.
Has toured with the Mariinsky Ballet to Germany, the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Italy and the United Arab Emirates.
Xander Parish is supported by the Mariinsky Theatre Trust (UK).