French-Spanish choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela is a former First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2003, promoted to First Artist in 2007. He retired in 2014 to focus on his choreography, which has regularly featured in The Royal Ballet's Draft Works and for Ballet Black in the Linbury Studio Theatre. In the 2014/15 Season he creates his first full-length work for the Company, Cassandra.
Ondiviela was born in Perpignan and as a boy was a keen ice skater. Aged 11 he became interested in ballet and entered the Paris Opera Ballet School. Aged 13 he transferred to the Marseille Studio Ballet Colette Armand to be nearer his family. Two years later he 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 role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Le Voyage and a Principal couple in Kenneth MacMillan's Concerto at the School’s annual matinee.
Ondiviela's repertory with the Company includes 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).
News and features
23 October 2014
Our quick guide to Ludovic Ondiviela's first full-length work for The Royal Ballet.
1 September 2014
How ancient mythological stories continue to inspire choreographers and dancers.
23 April 2013
First Artist Nathalie Harrison on swapping performing for choreographing.
Olivia Cowley and Ludovic Ondiviela in Ludovic Ondiviela's Cassandra ©ROH. Andrej Uspenski 2014
Gary Avis, Ludovic Ondiviela and Mara Galeazzi in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra ©ROH. Andrej Uspenski 2014
Mara Galeazzi and Ludovic Ondiviela ©ROH. Andrej Uspenski 2014
Mara Galeazzi and Ludovic Ondiviela in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra ©ROH. Andrej Uspenski 2014
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
Meaghan Grace Hinkis and Ludovic Ondiviela in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011
Ludovic Ondiviela as the Nephew and Elizabeth Harrod as Clara in The Nutcracker © Johan Persson/ROH 2011