Marianela Nunez

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Marianela Núñez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 23rd March 1982. She started dance lessons at the age of three and at eight joined the Instituto Superior de Arte of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires where she studied until she was invited to join the corps de ballet of the Company at the age of 14. She was selected to take part in a tour of Argentina as a Soloist with the Ballet Clasico de la Habama, Cuba. In 1997 Maximiliano Guerra chose her as his partner to dance with him in Uruguay, Spain, Italy and at the World Ballet Festival of Japan. She was then invited to tour with the ballet company of Teatro Colón in Europe and the US as a guest ballerina.In September 1997 she joined the Graduate Course at The Royal Ballet School and at the end of the year danced the leading female role in Kenneth MacMillan’s Soirée Musicale at Dame Ninette de Valois’ 100th Birthday Gala as well as the title role in Raymonda Act III and the Third Shadow solo in La Bayadère at the School’s performances. She joined The Royal Ballet at the start of the 1998/99 Season, aged 16 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2001 and made a Principal in September 2002.Since joining The Royal Ballet Marianela has performed in numerous roles some of the highlights being: Kenneth MacMillan’s Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella and Sylvia (for which she was one of three ballerinas selected to recreate the role when the production was brought back into The Royal Ballet’s repertory in 2004), Balanchine’s Agon, Polyhimnia in Apollo, the Black Queen in Checkmate, the title role and Queen of the Willies in Peter Wrights Giselle, Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake, Kitri in Nureyev’s production of Don Quixote, William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated, Jiří Kylián’s Sinfonietta, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Electric Counterpoint . Núñez has created principal roles in Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV (Danse à grande vitesse) (2006), Wayne McGregor’s Infra (2008) and Limen (2009) and Liam Scarlett’s Asphodel Meadows (2010).

Her television appearances include the BBC Broadcast of Daphnis and Chloë and La Fille mal gardée (BBC2, Feb 2005). And her performances as Lise in La Fille Mal Gardee, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Queen of the Willies in Giselle, the Lilac Fairy in the The Sleeping Beauty and 2nd movement pas de deux in Concerto have been released on DVD.

In 2006 Marianela won Best Female Dancer at the Critics Circle Dance awards and she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2007. In 2010 she was awarded with the coveted Argentinean Konex prize for best dancer. In July 2007 Núñez performed The Dying Swan at The Grand Opera House, York. She had been especially selected for this difficult piece by Marguerite Porter because of the simplicity and purity of her style. Marianela has made several guest appearances in festivals and galas including La Scala, Milan and the World Festival, Japan.

Núñez is married to fellow dancer and frequent partner Thiago Soares. The couple fell in love after Soares joined the company in 2002 and became engaged in December 2006 after Soares proposed to Núñez on stage after the curtain call of a performance of The Sleeping Beauty in front of the whole company.

 Marianela Nunez – Odette solo