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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, a gold medal and special award at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2010 and the Dance Europe Award for Outstanding Male Performance (Classical) at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2017.

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: What did you think of The Nutcracker 2018/19?

3 December 2018
Your Reaction: What did you think of <em>The Nutcracker</em> 2018/19?

Audience responses to The Royal Ballet's Christmas classic, broadcast live to cinemas across the world on opening night.

Cast changes: Manon, Spring 2018

23 March 2018
Cast changes: <em>Manon</em>, Spring 2018

Changes to Principal casting have been announced.

Zenaida Yanowsky and Marcelino Sambé win National Dance Awards 2017

20 February 2018
Zenaida Yanowsky and Marcelino Sambé win National Dance Awards 2017

The Royal Ballet won two awards at this year's ceremony.

Photos

Marcelino Sambé as Romeo and Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet and Marcelino Sambé as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Hans Peter in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé in Les Patineurs, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and Marcelino Sambé in rehearsal for Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé, Lauren Cuthbertson and Juliano Nunes in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé in Elite Syncopations, The Royal Ballet

Mayara Magri and Marcelino Sambé in Infra, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Basilio and Yasmine Naghdi as Kitri in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Basilio and Yasmine Naghdi as Kitri in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Bratfisch in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Clara and Marcelino Sambé as Hans Peter with Paul Kay and David Yudes in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Drosselmeyer's Assistant and artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

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

Francesca Hayward & Marcelino Sambe in Tarantella,

Marcelino Sambé in rehearsal for The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, 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 as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Romeo and Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan and Marcelino Sambé in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Clara and Marcelino Sambé as Hans Peter in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Hans Peter and Artists of The Royal Ballet School in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé in Les Patineurs, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and Marcelino Sambé in rehearsal for Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and Marcelino Sambé in rehearsal for Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi and Marcelino Sambé in rehearsal for Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Juliano Nunes, Marcelino Sambé and Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Juliano Nunes, Marcelino Sambé and Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé, Juliano Nunes and Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé in Elite Syncopations, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Benno in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Bratfisch in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé and Meaghan Grace Hinkis in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet