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Kevin O’Hare

Biography

Kevin O’Hare is Director of The Royal Ballet. Appointed in July 2012 following the retirement of Monica Mason, he is responsible for driving the artistic direction of the Company. He is committed to the promotion of outstanding creativity and artistic excellence, developing talent and widening the Company’s performing platform.

Born in Yorkshire, O’Hare trained at The Royal Ballet School and, through an exchange programme, Royal Danish Ballet. He began his performing career with The Royal Ballet’s sister company Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, and stayed with that company as a Principal during its transformation to Birmingham Royal Ballet. During this time he performed extensively in the UK and internationally, including as a guest with many leading companies. His repertory included all the leading classical roles, such as Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Albrecht (Giselle) and Romeo (in BRB’s first performance of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet). O’Hare worked with many leading figures in the ballet world, including Ninette de Valois, Peter Wright, Frederick Ashton, MacMillan and David Bintley, and created several roles, including Amynta (Bintley’s Sylvia). He also produced many galas and choreographic evenings.

O’Hare retired from the stage in 2000, entering into a traineeship in company management with the Royal Shakespeare Company. This led to the post of Company Director with BRB in 2001 and in 2004 he joined The Royal Ballet as Company Manager. He was made Administrative Director in 2009 before being appointed to his current role. In 2013 he was appointed to the board of Dance UK.

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  1. The Royal Ballet in review: A look back on 2013 from Kevin O'Hare

    The Royal Ballet in review: A look back on 2013 from Kevin O'Hare

    The Director of The Royal Ballet picks out his highlights of the year. Do you agree?

  2. Royal Ballet dancers the subjects of new photography exhibition

    Royal Ballet dancers the subjects of new photography exhibition

    Fashion, dance and photography brought together in works by Rick Guest.

  3. Contemporary work to sit within Royal Opera and Royal Ballet

    Contemporary work to sit within Royal Opera and Royal Ballet

    Productions currently handled by ROH2 to be assimilated by companies under Kasper Holten and Kevin O'Hare.

  4. Kevin O'Hare appointed new Director of The Royal Ballet

    Kevin O'Hare appointed new Director of The Royal Ballet

    Kevin O'Hare to take up the position in July 2012 following the retirement of Dame Monica Mason.