English National Ballet’s promotions and new joiners for 2018/19 season

Jeffrey Cirio in Song of the Earth © Laurent Liotardo

Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, announced promotions within the Company and new joiners for the 2018/2019 season.

The following promotions have been made within the Company.

  • James Streeter is promoted to First Soloist
  • Rina Kanehara is promoted to Soloist
  • Henry DowdenSarah Kundi, and Jia Zhang are promoted to First Artist
  • Fernando Carratalá Coloma is promoted to 4th Year Artist of the Company

Following his recent guest performances with the Company in Song of the EarthLa SylphideRomeo & JulietNutcracker and Akram Khan’s GiselleJeffrey Cirio, currently Principal at American Ballet Theater, joins English National Ballet as Lead Principal.

From The National Ballet of Canada, Francesco Gabriele Frola and Emma Hawes join the Company as Principal and First Soloist respectively, while remaining as members of The National Ballet of Canada.

English National Ballet welcomes three Prix de Lausanne prize winners as Artists of the Company this year, Shale Wagman joins from Princess Grace Academy, Miguel Angel Maidana joins from Brussels International Ballet School, and Carolyne Galval joins from Itego in Artes Basileu Franca. Joining as Artists of the Company from English National Ballet School are Breanna FoadJosue Moreno Lagarda, Rentaro Nakaaki, and Maria Del Mar Bonet Sans.

Also joining as Artists of the Company are Rebecca Blenkinsopp from the Royal Ballet School, and Ivana Bueno from Academy Princess Grace.

Rina Kanehara as Songbird Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Laurent Liotardo
Rina Kanehara as Songbird Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Laurent Liotardo

Following her sabbatical last season Laurretta Summerscales leaves English National Ballet, remaining Principal at Bayerisches Staatsballett.

Junior Soloist Guilherme Menezes leaves to join Royal Danish Ballet following his twin brother, Vitor Menezes, who joined last year.

Artist of the Company, Laurent Liotardo, retires at the end of the current season after 15 years with the Company. Laurent will continue to work at English National Ballet as the Company’s Staff Photographer and Filmmaker, and will train as a Pilates teacher.

As previously announced Principal Cesar Corrales leaves to join The Royal Ballet.

English National Ballet’s 2018/2019 season begins in September with Lest We Forget at Sadler’s Wells, followed by a national tour of Manon and Swan Lake.
Tickets on sale now. For more info see www.ballet.org.uk