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Elizabeth McGorian

Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Elizabeth McGorian in action.
Elizabeth McGorian in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet © Dee Conway

Elizabeth McGorian is a Principal Character Artist with The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company in 1977 and was promoted to Soloist in 1991 and Principal Character Artist in 1997. Her wide repertory with the Company includes Lady Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Empress Elisabeth and Helene Vetsera (Mayerling), Madge (La Sylphide), Lady Elgar (Enigma Variations), Pianist (The Lesson), Berthe (Giselle), Queen (The Sleeping Beauty) and roles in The Concert and Elite Syncopations. She created roles in Fleeting Figures, Piano, Half the House and Frankenstein, the Modern Prometheus.

McGorian was born in Zambia and studied at the Mercia Hetherington School in Zimbabwe. She joined The Royal Ballet Upper School in 1976, won gold in the 1977 Adeline Genée International Ballet Competition and joined the Company that year. Her many roles with the Company have included Utah Longhorn Ram (‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café), Myrtha (Giselle), Countess and Carabosse (The Sleeping Beauty), Josephine (Wedding Bouquet), Bride (Les Noces) and Tsarevna and Tsarina (Anastasia).

McGorian was one of two Royal Ballet dancers to feature in a music video of The Cure’s ‘Siamese Twins’, with choreography by Nicholas Dixon, in 1983.

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