French-Spanish dancer and choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela is a former First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company in 2003, promoted to First Artist in 2007. He retired in 2014 to focus on his choreography, and that year created his first full-length work for the Company, Cassandra, and 4 x 4 for Gandini Juggling as part of the London International Mime Festival.
Ondiviela was born in Perpignan and as a boy was a keen ice skater. Aged 11 he entered the Paris Opera Ballet School and aged 13 the Marseille Studio Ballet Colette Armand, before training at The Royal Ballet Upper School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship. 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 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).
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Our quick guide to Ludovic Ondiviela's first full-length work for The Royal Ballet.
Olivia Cowley and Ludovic Ondiviela in Ludovic Ondiviela's Cassandra
Ludovic Ondiviela as the Nephew and Elizabeth Harrod as Clara in The Nutcracker
Gary Avis, Ludovic Ondiviela and Mara Galeazzi in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra
Mara Galeazzi and Ludovic Ondiviela
Meaghan Grace Hinkis and Ludovic Ondiviela in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet
Ludovic Ondiviela in A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet
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
Mara Galeazzi and Ludovic Ondiviela in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra