Curtain Call 22/06/2014
Czech TV 2014 Documentary
Front page of the Guardian 4th February 2014.
After 18 years as Prima Ballerina with English National Ballet in London Daria has announced that she will be leaving the company after her performance of Juliet in Derek Deanes’ Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall on 22nd June 2014 with Vadim Muntagirov. Here are some backstage photos from this last month on tour:
Daria’s book was released on 4th March 2013 and is available for order from Amazon now.
Daria Klimentova has been one of Britain’s best-loved ballerinas for two decades, having danced at Scottish Ballet and then – since 1996 – as a Principal and Senior Principal at English National Ballet. Her repertory encompasses all of ballet’s classic roles including the double role or Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Her performances as the white and black swan at the Royal Albert Hall were the subject of a behind-the-scenes BBC Documentary in 2011. Daria was born in the former Czechoslovakia and lived under the rule of the Soviet Union until the Velvet Revolution of 1989. She initially trained as a young member of the Czech Olympic Gymnastics Squad before transferring to ballet. After a year as a Principal dancer in the Czech National Ballet, she moved to dance with the Cape Ballet Company in South Africa, where she witnessed the end of apartheid. In her 40s, at an age when most ballerinas have retired, Daria continues to captivate audiences with her impeccable technique and free flowing natural grandeur. In the twilight of her career, Daria had forged a remarkable partnership with the young Russian Principal, Vadim Muntagirov, which critics have likened to the Fonteyn/Nureyev dynamic. Daria was awarded the Critic’s Circle Patron’s Award by Dame Beryl Grey in 2011 and the National Dance Award for Best Female Dancer in 2012. Away fom ballet Daria is an accoplished professional photographer who ha s exhibited her work widely. She has a dauhter, Sabina. This is a video of Daria and Vadim Muntagirov in the pas de deux from Swan Lake at the Kremlin in summer 2012. Daria Klimentová is the Prima Ballerina of English National Ballet. She trained at the Prague State Conservatory. Daria has been awarded the Dance Critics Circle, Dancer of the Year Award 2011. She has also just returned from Moscow (August 2012) where she was performing Swan Lake with Vadim Muntagirov at the Theatre in the Kremlin. It is an enormous stage and holds 6000 audience, (including President Putin). Daria was worried about taking Swan Lake to its’ home but the Russian critics said “Normally it is thought that only the Russian Ballerinas are truly empathetic with Swan Lake, however this was proved wrong with Daria Klimentová’s wonderful performance”. That is a fantastic compliment from the Russian public. In 1989 she joined the National Theatre Ballet Company in Prague as a soloist and after one year was promoted to Principal. In 1992 she joined Cape Ballet Company in South Africa as principal, where her repertoire included; Swanilda in Coppélia, Ophelia in Hamlet, Lead couple in Rudi van Dantzig’s Four Last Songs, Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker and Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. In 1993 she was invited to join Scottish Ballet as Principal, where her repertoire included; Lead role in Swan Lake, La Sylphide, Cinderella, Anna Karenina (A.Prokovsky), Haydn Pieces, and Ae Fond Kiss (both by Mark Baldwin). Lead couple in Scottish Symphony (G. Balanchine) and in Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 (C.Tippet), and Wendy in Peter Pan (G Lustig).