Marianela Nuñez celebrates 20 years of dancing with The Royal Ballet.


Marianela Nuñez celebrates 20 years of dancing with The Royal Ballet. 2018, her anniversary year, she will be performing lead roles in Giselle on Thursdays 1 February, The Winter’s Tale, Manon, Marguerite and Armand and Swan Lake.


Principal dancer of the Royal Ballet Marianela Nuñez joined the Upper School in 1997 and the Company in 1998.  She was promoted to First Soloist in 2000 and to Principal in 2002 aged 20.  Marianela Nuñez has performed all the leading roles in the classical, dramatic and contemporary repertory, including in works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Kenneth MacMillan, Wayne McGregor, Ashley Page, Jerome Robbins, Liam Scarlett, Glen Tetley, Will Tuckett, Antony Tudor and Christopher Wheeldon. Many of her roles have been captured on DVD. Nuñez was born in Buenos Aires and began dancing at the age of three. When she was six she began training at the Teatro Colón Ballet School, joining the Teatro Colón company aged 14. She took on corps and soloist roles and toured internationally, both with the company and as a guest artist with Maximiliano Guerra.

Marianela Nuñez’s awards include Best Female Dancer at the 2005 and 2012 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, Konex de Platino for Best Dancer of the Decade in Argentina in 2009 and the María Ruanova Award in 2011. She received the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, in recognition of her performances in Viscera and in roles created on her in Aeternum and ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012). She has appeared as a guest artist with companies including Vienna State Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, La Scala, Milan, Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón, Ballet Argentino de La Plata and Australian Ballet, and in galas around the world.


© Royal Ballet 
©Daria Klimentova 
Marianela Núñez and Carlos Acosta in Diana and Actaeon.© Foteini Christofilopoulou
Marianela Nuñez as Gamzatti in La Bayadère Ch. Natalia Makarova 2009 © ROH/Bill Cooper





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