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Watch: Marianela Nuñez celebrates 20 years with The Royal Ballet with a traditional flower throw

Reserved for moments of celebration, the Covent Garden tradition of the flower throw sees fans showering Royal Ballet greats with blooms.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

7 February 2018 at 2.08pm | 9 Comments

Royal Ballet Principal Marianela Nuñez celebrates 20 years with the Company this Season and marked the moment in style with a traditional flower throw after a recent performance of Giselle. Footage of the curtain call is now available to watch on-demand.

Born in Argentina, Marianela joined the Company in 1998 from The Royal Ballet School before being promoted to First Soloist in 2000 and to Principal in 2002 aged 20. Since then she has performed all the leading roles in the classical, dramatic and contemporary repertory and received the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.

'The journey I've had since I arrived here has been everything that I wanted and more',  said Marianela. 'To have a career in this house with The Royal Ballet has been a dream come true'.

Reserved for moments of celebration, the Covent Garden tradition of the flower throw is a reflection of the area's heyday as a working market and sees fans showering Royal Ballet greats with blooms, forming a carpet at the dancer's feet.

Buy Marianela Nuñez's performance of Giselle on DVD and Blu-Ray, captured in 2016

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

7 February 2018 at 2.08pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Peter Wright, flower throw, giselle, Marianela Nuñez, Production

This article has 9 comments

  1. Marilyn weston responded on 7 February 2018 at 3:12pm Reply

    We were there it was a wonderful evening

  2. Marianela Núñez is a great person and enormous artist, because dancer... we know she can make everything. But she is so versatil, she may be nice, bad, sensual, abstract. I am very proud of her, you have a great person with you.

  3. Shawna Paxton responded on 7 February 2018 at 11:28pm Reply

    Marianela Nuñez is one of the best dancers in the world, if not the best in my opinion ! Her technique is matched with acting ability & expressiveness. She is also so versatile. My favourite role of her's is Manon which would bring the hardest heart to tears but she is equally good in lighthearted roles.
    Congratulations to Marianela on this special anniversary & I wish her continued success for the future.

  4. Vanessa Wilde responded on 8 February 2018 at 8:37pm Reply

    Please can we see the whole celebration for those who could not attend but who have enjoyed her over the years?

  5. Mila responded on 8 February 2018 at 9:36pm Reply

    I wish I could have the chance to see this amazing woman in live. Happy anniversary!❤️❤️❤️

  6. Liane Smith responded on 9 February 2018 at 1:56am Reply

    Marianela gave a wonderfully heartfelt performance this Thursday evening as Giselle, I could not ask for a better birthday present! We believe in her youth, her hopes and the destruction of those hopes, then watch her ghost across the stage bringing Albrecht compassion, tenderness, forgiveness and deliverance. Bravo! I’ve watched Marianela dance many times since joining the company in the very different days of the late 90s and she really blossomed under Monica Mason, especially as Lise in La Fille with Carlos. Her strength and technique have never been in doubt, she always makes classical ballet seem so effortless, fluid and with perfect lines. Early intel was that the “boys” loved watching her in company class, am sure still true for all. Marianela, like Leanne Benjamin, Alessandra Ferri, Sylvie Guillem, and your contemporary Tamara Rojo, your maturity and experience brings so much more to the stage in all that you dance, please continue to grace it and to explore where you can take us. Congratulations on 20 years and thank you very much.

  7. John Huxley Travis responded on 9 February 2018 at 8:20am Reply

    From my point of you , it was just a very great privilege and pleasure to be there and pay tribute to the amazing creative force of nature that is Marianela Nunez.

  8. Wendy Milne responded on 10 February 2018 at 8:11am Reply

    Please can we have more than a small clip of Marianela 20 year celebration. She is an amazing dancer. Fortunate to see her dance many times. Just exceptional in all roles. Loved her Lise with Carlos. Look forward to seeing her in new swan lake. Saw her in opening night of Giselle. Just remarkable.

  9. Lesley Main responded on 10 February 2018 at 5:41pm Reply

    Hope someone writes a biography!

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