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Calvin Richardson

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Calvin Richardson in action.
Calvin Richardson in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Australian dancer Calvin Richardson is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and joined the Company in 2014 and was promoted to First Artist in 2017 and Soloist in 2018.

Richardson grew up in Traralgon and started dancing aged five. With an initial interest in tap and musical theatre, he turned to ballet aged 14 when he began to study at The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. After becoming a finalist of the 2012 Prix de Lausanne he was awarded a full scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet Upper School.

His roles since joining the Company have included Albert de Belleroche in Christopher Wheeldon’s Strapless and the Mad Hatter and Gardener in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter in Kenneth Macmillan’s Judas Tree, pas de six in Giselle, ‘Emeralds’ in George Balanchine’s Jewels, Evans in Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works and Chroma, and David Dawson’s The Human Seasons. He has created roles in Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, McGregor’s Multiverse, Obsidian Tear and Yugen and Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable.

Richardson also has a strong interest in choreography. In his graduate year at the Royal Ballet School, he was asked to create his own rendition of the famous solo piece, The Dying Swan. It went on to be performed in the school’s annual graduate performance on the Royal Opera House Main Stage and has been performed on tour with the company at the Lincoln Centre, New York, for the Deloitte Ignite 14 in the Paul Hamlyn Hall and in various gala performances around the world. His later work includes Good People in the Erik Bruhn Prize in 2016, Intractable in the International Ballet Gala, Melbourne, various works in the Royal Ballet’s creative season, Draft Works, and a short piece created for Principal dancer, Lauren Cuthbertson.

Videos

News and features

Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

9 July 2017
Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

The Royal Ballet announces Company promotions and joiners for the 2017/18 Season.

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

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

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.

The myths behind the ballets: A quick guide to Sampling the Myth

28 August 2014
The myths behind the ballets: A quick guide to Sampling the Myth

Dance has long been inspired by myths and folk tales, with Deloitte Ignite offering extracts of classics and new works on one bill.

Photos

Calvin Richardson and Fumi Kaneko in Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson and Benjamin Ella in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell, Calvin Richardson and Matthew Ball in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Olivia Cowley and Calvin Richardson in Yugen, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb and Calvin Richardson in Yugen, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson and Fumi Kaneko in Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson and Matthew Ball in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb, Calvin Richardson and Federico Bonelli in Yugen, The Royal Ballet

Federico Bonelli, Sarah Lamb & Calvin Richardson in Yugen.

Wayne McGregor, Edward Watson, Calvin Richardson and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tea, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Calvin Richardson in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Edward Watson and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Edward Watson, Wayne McGregor and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal

Calvin Richardson, Matthew Ball and Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Matthew Ball, Edward Watson, Calvin Richardson and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Joseph Sissens and Calvin Richardson in Yugen, The Royal Ballet

Mayara Magri and David Donnelly in The Human Seasons

Calvin Richardson and Fumi Kaneko in Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson and Benjamin Ella in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball and Calvin Richardson in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Calvin Richardson and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Calvin Richardson, Matthew Ball and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson as the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson and Matthew Ball in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and Calvin Richardson in Infra, The Royal Ballet

Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Nicol Edmonds, Calvin Richardson, Wayne McGregor, Edward Watson and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Calvin Richardson in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Calvin Richardson, Matthew Ball, Edward Watson and Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Wayne McGregor and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Members of The Royal Ballet including Matthew Ball, Solomon Golding and Calvin Richardson rehearsing Hofesh Shecter