Spanish dancer Itziar Mendizabal is a First Soloist with The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company in 2010, and her major roles since have included the Firebird, Princess Epine (The Prince of the Pagodas), Queen of Hearts (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), Myrtha (Giselle), Lilac Fairy and Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), Helena (The Dream), the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) and roles in Polyphonia and DGV: Danse à grande vitesse.
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 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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Alexander Campbell and Itziar Mendizabal in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet © Aldeburgh Music / Rob Marrison 2014
Itziar Mendizabal, Alexander Campbell, Deidre Chapman and Johannes Stepanek in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet © Aldeburgh Music / Rob Marrison 2014
Itziar Mendizabal and Nicol Edmonds in 'Emeralds' (Jewels), The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013
Itziar Mendizabal as the Queen of Hearts and Artists of the Royal Ballet in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2013
Itziar Mendizabal as the Queen of Hearts and Camille Bracher, Johannes Stepanek, Jonathan Howells and David Pickering as Playing Cards in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2013
Itziar Mendizabal as the Queen of Hearts in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2013
Itziar Mendizabal in The Firebird, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012
Alexander Campbell, Dawid Trzensimiech and Itziar Mendizabal © Andrej Uspenski / ROH 2012
Dawid Trzensimiech and Itziar Mendizabal in Polyphonia © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012
Yuhui Choe and Itziar Mendizabal in Ballo Della Regina © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011