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Marianela Nuñez

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Marianela Nuñez in action.
Marianela Nuñez in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Argentine dancer Marianela Nuñez is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet Upper School in 1997 and joined the Company in 1998, promoted to Principal in 2002. She has performed all the leading roles in the classical, dramatic and contemporary repertory, including in works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Kenneth MacMillan, Wayne McGregor, Ashley Page, Jerome Robbins, Liam Scarlett, Glen Tetley, Will Tuckett, Antony Tudor and Christopher Wheeldon.

Nuñez was born in Buenos Aires and began dancing at the age of three. When she was six she began training at the Teatro Colón Ballet School, joining the Teatro Colón company aged 14. She took on corps and soloist roles and toured internationally, both with the company and as a guest artist with Maximiliano Guerra.

Nuñez’s awards include Best Female Dancer at the 2005 and 2012 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. She received the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, in recognition of her performances in Viscera and in roles created on her in Aeternum and in ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012).

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: <em>Giselle</em> live in cinemas 2016

Your Reaction: Giselle live in cinemas 2016

6 April 2016

What did you think of the live cinema relay of this classic Romantic ballet?

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on <em>Giselle</em>

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Giselle

6 April 2016

Another chance to watch backstage films screened as part of the live cinema relay.

<em>Giselle</em> to be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 6 April 2016

Giselle to be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 6 April 2016

1 April 2016

Peter Wright’s hauntingly beautiful ballet stars Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov.

Photos

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in La Fille mal gardée, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez as Lise and Carlos Acosta as Colas in La Fille mal gardée

Federico Bonelli as Des Grieux and Marianela Nuñez as Manon in Manon

Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M., Marianela Nuñez as Manon and Ricardo Cervera as Lescaut in Manon

Marianela Nuñez in Giselle

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in rehearsal for After the Rain, The Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta as The Messenger of Death and Marianela Nuñez in Song of the Earth

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in Carmen

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in Carmen

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in Carmen

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for Carmen, The Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nuñez in rehearsal for Carmen, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez as Sylvia and Gary Avis as Orion in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet

Rupert Pennefather, Kenta Kura and Marianela Nuñez with artists of The Royal Ballet in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet

Kenta Kura and Marianela Nuñez in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta as Basilio and Marianela Nuñez as Kitri in Don Quixote

Marianela Nuñez as Kitri in Don Quixote

Carlos Acosta as Basilio and Marianela Nuñez as Kitri in Don Quixote

Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez and members of The Royal Ballet at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote

Marianela Nuñez in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Carlos Acosta, Thiago Soares, Marianela Nuñez and Bryan Hymel at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch

Marianela Núñez and Rupert Pennefather in Serenade

Marianela Nuñez as Giselle in Giselle

Marianela Nuñez as Giselle and Rupert Pennefather as Albrecht in Giselle

Marianela Nuñez as Gamzatti in La Bayadère, 2009

Marianela Nunez and Nehemiah Kish in Aeternum

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Marianela Nuñez in Viscera.

Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried and Marianela Nuñez as Odette in Swan Lake

Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried and Marianela Nuñez as Odette in Swan Lake

Thiago Soares as Prince Florimund and Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty.

Thiago Soares as The Prince and Marianela Nuñez as Cinderella in Cinderella

Marianela Nuñez and The Royal Ballet in Diana and Actaeon. Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Marianela Nunez in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Marianela Nunez and Nehemiah Kish in The Prince of the Pagodas