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Alastair Marriott

Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet


Alastair Marriott in action.
Alastair Marriott in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2012

English choreographer and dancer Alastair Marriott is a Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet. His many works for the Company include Night Falls Fast, Grey Garden, Being and Having Been, Tanglewood, Children of Adam, Sensorium, ‘Trespass’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, in collaboration with Christopher Wheeldon), In the Hothouse (Diamond Jubilee Gala) and Connectome. He created the choreography for The Royal Opera’s production of The Tsarina’s Slippers. His wide repertory as a dancer includes Von Rothbart (Swan Lake), Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker), Dr Coppélius (Coppélia), Widow Simone (La Fille mal gardée), Kostcheï (The Firebird), High Brahmin (La Bayadère), Step-Sister (Cinderella) and Lorenzo (Don Quixote).

Marriott was born in St Margaret’s at Cliffe and trained at Deal Dance Centre and through The Royal Ballet School, going on to graduate into the Company. Roles away from The Royal Ballet have included Prince (Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake). His choreography for The Royal Ballet School includes Prelude and Fugue, Schrumpf and Simple Symphony. His other work as a choreographer includes: for Darcey Bussell, ‘Kiss’, a pas de deux (Sadler’s Wells) and The Red Shoes (Viva la Diva Arena Tour); for Mara Galeazzi, Lieder and Look West; a pas de deux at The Royal Variety Performance 2010; and a collaboration with Wheeldon for the extinguishing of the flame at the London 2012 Olympics, involving more than two hundred dancers.

Marriott’s awards include three nominations for Best Classical Choreography at the Critics’ Circle Dance Awards. He celebrated his 25th year with The Royal Ballet in summer 2014.

News and features

<em>Connectome</em> Dance Highlight: The ‘Silouan’s Song’ <em>pas de deux</em>

Connectome Dance Highlight: The ‘Silouan’s Song’ pas de deux

25 September 2015

This neuroscience-inspired pas de deux from Alastair Marriott’s acclaimed ballet powerfully evokes a sense of loss on a journey through life.

Ballet Essentials: <em>Connectome</em> and <em>Raven Girl</em>

Ballet Essentials: Connectome and Raven Girl

21 September 2015

Our quick introduction to this double programme of ballets by Wayne McGregor and Alastair Marriott – one inspired by science, the other by literature.

Divertissements Ballet Essentials: A guide to short works performed by The Royal Ballet on their 2015 US Tour

Divertissements Ballet Essentials: A guide to short works performed by The Royal Ballet on their 2015 US Tour

15 June 2015

The Company’s selection includes classic works by Ashton and MacMillan, an award-winning recent work by Wheeldon and new piece from within the Company.