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Marcelino Sambé

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Marcelino Sambé in action.
Marcelino Sambé in Draft Works, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Andrej Uspenski, 2013

Portuguese dancer Marcelino Sambé is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2012, promoted to First Artist in 2014.

Sambé was born in Lisbon and studied at the National Conservatory of Lisbon before joining The Royal Ballet Upper School. Performances at the School included in John Neumeier’s Yondering and Alastair Marriott’s Simple Symphony at the School's annual matinee, and a summer gala in Venice in 2012. His repertory with the Company includes Beggar Chief (Manon), Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), pas de trois (Swan Lake), pas de six (Giselle), Footman/Frog (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) and roles in Aeternum, Requiem, Onegin, The Nutcracker (Chinese Dance), La Valse, The Firebird and Aeternum. He has created roles in Kim Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence, Marriott's Connectome, Hofesh Shechter's Untouchable and Wayne McGregor's Woolf Works.

Sambé is a keen choreographer and was selected as one of the UK’s emerging choreographers by Youth Dance England in 2012. His M’ cã cré sabi won second prize at the 2011 Ursula Morton Choreographic Awards and was performed in the School's annual matinee that year. He created Preparations for the Last TV Fake for The Royal Ballet's Draft Works 2014. Sambé's dance awards include a silver medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2008, first prize at the Youth American Grand Prix in 2009 and a gold medal and special award at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2010.

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News and features

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet for 2015/16

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet for 2015/16

29 June 2015

Details of Company changes for the upcoming Season have been announced.

Divertissements Ballet Essentials: A guide to short works performed by The Royal Ballet on their 2015 US Tour

Divertissements Ballet Essentials: A guide to short works performed by The Royal Ballet on their 2015 US Tour

15 June 2015

The Company’s selection includes classic works by Ashton and MacMillan, an award-winning recent work by Wheeldon and new piece from within the Company.

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

26 January 2015

Evening of world class dance to honour the life of Ann Maguire and celebrate her legacy.

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