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Joseph Sissens

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

English dancer Joseph Sissens is an First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2016. He was promoted to First Artist in 2018.

Sissens was born in Cambridge and is of Anglo-Caribbean descent. He first trained at the Georgina Pay School of Dance and on a scholarship with Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Early performances include in Oliver! The Musical on the West End and Fritz (The Nutcracker) with English National Ballet. He entered The Royal Ballet School aged 13. Performances at the School’s annual matinees included in Frederick Ashton’s Les Rendezvous, David Bintley’s SpringTime, Kenneth MacMillan’s Soirées musicales and Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty. His performances with The Royal Ballet while a student included in World Ballet Day, Draft Works, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, La Fille mal gardée, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Giselle. His awards include second prize at the 2014 Young British Dancer of the Year and second prize at the 2015 Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award, with his piece Let My People Go.

Sissens’s role creations with the Company include in Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern and Robert Binet’s Void and Fire. His repertory includes in Symphonic Variations. His choreography while with The Royal Ballet includes a piece for Draft Works 2017.

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Joseph Sissens as the Telegraph Boy in The Unknown Soldier, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Whitley, Leo Dixon and Joseph Sissens in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Giacomo Rovero, Joseph Sissens and Luca Acri in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet's live-stream as part of World Ballet Day 2018

Joseph Sissens in rehearsal for jojo, World Ballet Day 2018

Leo Dixon, Leticia Stock and Joseph Sissens in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Benjamin Ella and Joseph Sissens in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Joseph Sissens

Joseph Sissens and Giacomo Rovero in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Benjamin Ella and Joseph Sissens in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Joseph Sissens as a Matador and Mayara Magri as Mercedes in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Benjamin Ella and Joseph Sissens in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Giacomo Rovero, Joseph Sissens and Luca Acri in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Joseph Sissens in Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Joseph Sissens in rehearsal for jojo, World Ballet Day 2018

Joseph Sissens in rehearsal for jojo, World Ballet Day 2018

Joseph Sissens, Joseph Aumeer and artists of the Royal Ballet in class, World Ballet Day 2018

Joseph Sissens in Infra, The Royal Ballet

Joseph Sissens and Calvin Richardson in Yugen, The Royal Ballet

Joseph Sissens and Akane Takada in Yugen.

Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Joseph Sissens and Anna Rose O'Sullivan in The Illustrated Farewell, The Royal Ballet

Joseph Sissens in rehearsal for jojo, World Ballet Day 2018

Joseph Sissens in rehearsal for jojo, World Ballet Day 2018

Joseph Sissens in rehearsal for jojo, World Ballet Day 2018

Joseph Sissens in rehearsal for jojo with Charlotte Edmonds, World Ballet Day 2018

The Royal Ballet in class, World Ballet Day 2018

Joseph Sissens and Giacomo Rovero in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Whitley and Joseph Sissens in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Giacomo Rovero and Joseph Sissens in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Joseph Sissens and Tristan Dyer in New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Claire Calvert as Mercedes with Joseph Sissens and Luca Acri as Matadors in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera as Mercedes with Joseph Sissens and Leo Dixon as Matadors in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet and Associate Choreographer Jason Kittelberger in rehearsal for Medusa, The Royal Ballet

Joseph Sissens and Anna Rose O'Sullivan in The Illustrated Farewell, The Royal Ballet

Joseph Sissens in The Illustrated Farewell, The Royal Ballet