Tamara Rojo

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Tamara has a classical dance training, as solid as eclectic. She started at the school of Victor Ullate in Madrid, and completed her training with David Howard and Renato Peroni.

Le Figaro highlighted the freshness and extreme youth of Tamara, who at 20 won the Gold Medal and Critics’ Award by unaminous vote of the prestigious Paris concourse of 1994, with a jury which included Makarova, Vassiliev and Samsova.

Two years later, the prestigious Italian critic at Nervi named her Best Dancer of the Year.

From the beginning of her professional career, Tamara Rojo has undertaken diverse roles that require great interpretive maturity. Amongst others, the neo-classical choreographies of Hans van Manen, Nils Christie and Jose Pares’ adaptation of Coppélia created to show Tamara’s technical virtuosity.

With the Ballet de la Comunidad de Madrid her repertoire mixes the classical technique with her profoundly Spanish roots. She excelled in roles such as Arraigo, Arrayan and the roles created for her by Victor Ullate, Volando Hacia la Luz and Concierto para Tres.

In 1995, invited by Galina Samsova of the Scottish Ballet, she danced Swan Lake (Odette/Odile) and in 1996 The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy) and in the spring of 1997 La Sylphide and Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet.

The Ballet of the Opera of Nice invited her as guest artist during the summer of 1996. She appeared in Nice, Genova and Granada’s Festival where she danced The Three Cornered Hat and Blue Danube.

In April 1996 she danced Nascita de Orfeo of Vegetti/Pizzi, created for her by Ente Lirico (Arena de Verona, Ballet/Opera in one act, music by Lorenzo Ferrero).

With English National Ballet, during the Christmas season of 1997, the London public saw her in the newly created role of Clara in Derek Deane’s production of The Nutcracker. The London Coliseum broke all audience records and The Times named Tamara ‘Dancer Revelation of the Year’.

As principal Dancer of ENB, Tamara’s roles include Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Glen Tetley’s Sphinx and Voluntaries, Michael Corder’s Cinderella, Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Paquita, Coppélia, Etudes, The Sugar Plum Fairy in Derek Deane’s The Nutcracker. She created the role of Juliet in Deane’s production of Romeo and Juliet and Clara in Deane’s production of Nutcracker and Christopher Hampson’s Perpetuum Mobile and Preludes. She also danced the role of the Chosen Maiden in Kenneth MacMillan’s Rite of Spring.

She achieved a great success of both critic and public during ENB’s tour to Hong Kong and Australia as well as at the Albert Hall for her interpretation of Odette/Odile in Deane’s production for the round.
In July 2000 Tamara danced Giselle with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden.

Since joining the Royal Ballet she has performed at Covent Garden Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Tudor’s Shadowplay, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Song of the Earth, Mayerling and Manon, Cranko’s Onegin, Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Makarova’s La Bayadère and Sleeping Beauty, Mats Ek’s Carmen, Giselle, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Ashton’s Ondine and many others.

As Guest Star she has danced with the Ballet of the Opera of Nice, Ente Publico Arena de Verona, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba and Ballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin, and has participated in numerous international galas.

She has recently been awarded the Spanish Royal Gold Medal of Fine Arts.

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