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Marcelino Sambé

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Marcelino Sambé in action.
Marcelino Sambé as Brother Clown in The Winter's Tale © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Portuguese dancer Marcelino Sambé is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company during the 2012/13 Season, promoted to First Artist in 2014, Soloist in 2015 and First Soloist in 2017.

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 Colas (La Fille mal gardée), Oberon (The Dream), Hans-Peter/Nutcracker (The Nutcracker), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Brother Clown (The Winter’s Tale), Beggar Chief (Manon), Officer (Anastasia), Bluebird and Florestan (The Sleeping Beauty), pas de trois (Swan Lake), lead couple pas de six (Giselle), Footman/Frog (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Gypsy Boy (The Two Pigeons) and in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Tarantella, Jewels, The Human Seasons, Obsidian Tear, Aeternum, Requiem, Onegin, La Valse, The Firebird, Aeternum, Within the Golden Hour and Multiverse. He has created roles in Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, 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. Works include Preparations for the Last TV Fake and The Chosen Victim for The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works. 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.

Videos

News and features

Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

9 July 2017

The Royal Ballet announces Company promotions and joiners for the 2017/18 Season.

Watch: How morning ballet class has changed over the last 200 years

Watch: How morning ballet class has changed over the last 200 years

17 February 2016

The all-important morning class has changed considerably over the centuries as the art form has evolved.

Watch: Dancers demonstrating the evolution of ballet

Watch: Dancers demonstrating the evolution of ballet

12 August 2015

Royal Ballet Soloist Marcelino Sambé performs a selection of terre-à-terre steps as part of a Ballet Evolved Insights session.

Photos

Francesca Hayward & Marcelino Sambe in Tarantella,

Marcelino Sambé in rehearsal for The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Luca Acri, Matthew Ball, Steven McRae, Marcelino Sambé in rehearsals for Connectome

Fernando Montaño, Kevin Emerton, Sander Blommaert, Marcelino Sambé, Tristran Dyer and Donald Thom in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé in Draft Works, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé and Kristen McNally in Flight Pattern

Marcelino Sambe in Tarantella

Marcelino Sambé and Leticia Stock in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Leticia Stock and Marcelino Sambé in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead and Marcelino Sambé in Kristen McNally's Checkpoint 19, The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, 2015

Marcelino Sambé and members of the corps de ballet in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Tomas Mock, Marcelino Sambé, Matthew Ball, Steven McRae and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome

Marcelino Sambé in Draft Works, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé

Dawid Trzensimiech, Marcelino Sambé, Melissa Hamilton, Tristan Dyer and Valentino Zucchetti and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Rubies (Jewels), The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé in Flight Pattern

Leticia Stock and Marcelino Sambé in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead and Marcelino Sambé in Kristen McNally's Checkpoint 19, The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, 2015

Fernando Montaño, Marcelino Sambé and dancers of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Brother Clown in The Winter's Tale

Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson and Steven McRae with Matthew Ball, Tomas Mock, Luca Acri, Marcelino Sambe in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Christina Arestis and Marcelino Sambé in Ceremony of Innocence

Marcelino Sambé in Aakash Odedra's Unearthed, Sampling the Myth

Yasmine Naghdi and Marcelino Sambé with our Pointe Shoe Tower - showing the number of pointe shoes used by The Royal Ballet in a week

Camille Bracher, Marcelino Sambé and Sander Blommaert in Woolf Works.

Marcelino Sambé and Luca Acri in Within the Golden Hour

Marcelino Sambé and Kristen McNally in Flight Pattern

Marcelino Sambé in The Human Seasons

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Marcelino Sambé in The Winter's Tale

Ashley Scott, Marcelino Sambé, Benjamin Ella, Kristen McNally and Tierney Heap rehearsing Hofesh Shecter

Tristan Dyer, Fernando Montaño, Marcelino Sambé and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé