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Christina Arestis

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Christina Arestis in action.
Christina Arestis in Enigma Variations, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011

Christina Arestis is a Soloist 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 and Soloist in 2003.

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 since joining the Company have included Lady Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Lady Elgar (Enigma Variations), Bathilde (Giselle), 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 and Castle Nowhere. In 2012 she appeared with Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson in Alan Gelati's photoshoot for the Fishlove photography project.

News and features

Watch: Autumn Season film starring Royal Ballet dancers and the Minotaur

Watch: Autumn Season film starring Royal Ballet dancers and the Minotaur

13 September 2012

Take a look at our new promo film prior to curtain up on the 2012/13 Autumn Season.

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