French-Spanish dancer and choreographer Ludovic Ondivela is a First Artist with The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2003, promoted to First Artist in 2007. His choreography regularly features in The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, and in the 2013/14 Season he takes a sabbatical year from the Company to pursue his choreography.
Ondiviela was born in Perpignan and as a boy was a keen ice skater. Aged 11 he became interested in ballet and successfully auditioned for the Paris Opera Ballet School. Aged 13 he transferred to the Marseille Studio Ballet Colette Armand to be nearer his family and two years later won a scholarship in the 2001 Prix de Lausanne to study at The Royal Ballet Upper School. Other awards included silver medal at the 2000 Concours international de danse, Paris, and gold medal at the Roseta Mauri Competition in 2002. In his graduation year he performed the lead in Wheeldon’s Le Voyage and a Principal couple in Concerto at the School’s annual matinee. His repertory with the Company has included Bronze Idol (La Bayadère), Hans-Peter/Nutcracker (The Nutcracker), Tom Thumb (Tales of Beatrix Potter), Alain (La fille mal gardée), Kolia (A Month in the Country) and Puck (The Dream). He created roles in Children of Adam, Chroma and ‘Trespass’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012).
In addition to his choreographic work for The Royal Ballet, Ondiviela has created works for Ballet Black in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
News and features
23 April 2013
First Artist Nathalie Harrison on swapping performing for choreographing.
Kenta Kura as The Frog, Christopher Saunders as The Duchess and Ludovic Ondiviela as The Fish in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2013
Ludovic Ondiviela in A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012
Ludovic Ondiviela as the Nephew and Elizabeth Harrod as Clara in The Nutcracker © Johan Persson/ROH 2011