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Itziar Mendizabal

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Itziar Mendizabal in action.
Itziar Mendizabal in The Firebird, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012

Spanish dancer Itziar Mendizabal is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company in 2010 as a First Soloist. Her roles with the Company include the Firebird, Tatiana (Onegin), Princess Epine (The Prince of the Pagodas), Queen of Hearts (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Paulina (The Winter’s Tale), Gypsy Girl (The Two Pigeons), Myrtha (Giselle), Lilac Fairy and Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), Helena (The Dream), the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Thérèse Pozzi (Strapless) and roles in Polyphonia, ‘Emeralds’ (Jewels), The Four Temperaments, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Woolf Works and After the Rain.

Mendizabal was born in Hodarribia and trained at the Elvira Ubierna and the Víctor Ullate ballet schools. She joined Víctor Ullate Ballet Comunidad de Madrid in 1997, then joined Zürich Ballet as a demi-soloist in 2003. She joined Leipzig Ballet in 2006 as a soloist and was promoted to principal dancer in 2008, before leaving to join The Royal Ballet. Her repertory with Leipzig Ballet included Katerina (The Taming of the Shrew), Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Giselle, the Bride (Les Noces) and roles in Symphony in C, Agon and Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring.

Mendizabal has appeared as a guest artist with companies including Karlsruhe Ballet, Opéra National de Bordeaux and in Verona, Riga and Bilbao. She was nominated for the 2009 Benois de la danse and that year was named Best New Artist by the Asociación de Profesionales de Danza de Guipúzcoa.

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Photos

Itziar Mendizabal as Myrtha and Monica Mason in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Yuhui Choe as the Young Girl and Itziar Mendizabal as the Gypsy Girl in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Itziar Mendizabal as the Gypsy Girl in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Itziar Mendizabal as the Queen of Hearts and Camille Bracher, Thomas Whitehead, Jonathan Howells and David Pickering as Playing Cards in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet

Itziar Mendizabal, Alexander Campbell, Deidre Chapman and Johannes Stepanek in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet

Yuhui Choe and Itziar Mendizabal in Ballo Della Regina

Alexander Campbell as the Young Man, Yuhui Choe as the Young Girl and Itziar Mendizabal as the Gypsy Girl in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell as the Young Man, Yuhui Choe as Young Girl and Itziar Mendizabal as the Gypsy Girl in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell and Itziar Mendizabal in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet

Itziar Mendizabal and Nicol Edmonds in 'Emeralds' (Jewels), The Royal Ballet

Itziar Mendizabal as the Queen of Hearts in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet

Dawid Trzensimiech and Itziar Mendizabal in Polyphonia

Monica Mason and Itziar Mendizabal as Myrtha in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell, Dawid Trzensimiech and Itziar Mendizabal

Itziar Mendizabal in The Firebird, The Royal Ballet

Itziar Mendizabal

Itziar Mendizabal as the Queen of Hearts and Artists of the Royal Ballet in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet