Christina Arestis is a Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company on graduation in 1994, promoted to First Artist in 1999, Soloist in 2003 and Principal Character Artist in 2017.
Arestis was born in Glasgow and was brought up in Cyprus and the Middle East. She trained at the Mary Darke School of Dancing and was a junior associate of Scottish Ballet before joining The Royal Ballet School. There she created the role of the lead girl in Matthew Hart’s Simple Symphony in the School's 1993 annual matinee and in 1994, her final year at the School, danced with the Company in Symphony in C. Her roles with the Company have included Paulina (The Winter’s Tale), Lady Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Lady Elgar (Enigma Variations), Bathilde (Giselle), Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna (Anastasia), Madame Larina (Onegin), Hermia (The Dream), Helene Vetsera and Empress Elisabeth (Mayerling), Beautiful Tsarevna (The Firebird), Bride (Les Noces), The Wife (The Concert) and in Ceremony of Innocence.
Arestis has created a number of roles for the Company, including in Qualia, Figure in Progress, Castle Nowhere and Frankenstein.
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Christina Arestis and Edward Watson in Ceremony of Innocence
Christina Arestis and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet
Tristan Dyer, Alexander Campbell, Steven McRae, Bennet Gartside, Christina Arestis, Alastair Marriott, Genesia Rosato, Christopher Saunders, Thomas Whitehead, Erico Montes and Eric Underwood in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet
Christina Arestis as Dulcinea and Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote in Don Quixote
Christina Arestis in Enigma Variations, The Royal Ballet
Natalia Osipova as Anastasia, Christina Arestis as the Tsarina, Olivia Cowley as Olga, Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Tatiana and Yasmine Naghdi as Maria in Anastasia, The Royal Ballet
Christina Arestis as Tsarevna in The Firebird
Christina Arestis as Paulina in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet
Christina Arestis and Marcelino Sambé in Ceremony of Innocence
Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon, Gary Avis as Monsieur GM and Christina Arestis as Madam and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Act II of Kenneth Macmillan's Manon
Bennet Gartside and Christina Arestis in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet
Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote and Christina Arestis as Dulcinea in Don Quixote