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Nehemiah Kish

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Nehemiah Kish joined The Royal Ballet as a Principal in 2010. His notable roles with the Company include the Prince (Cinderella, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The Prince of the Pagodas), Solor (La Bayadère), Des Grieux (Manon), and principal roles in Gloria and 'Diamonds' in Jewels.

Kish was born in Michigan and came to ballet after training first in gymnastics and jazz dance. He joined the National Ballet of Canada School aged 13, graduating into the company in 2001. He was promoted to principal in 2005. In 2008 Kish joined Royal Danish Ballet as a principal, where his repertory included Onegin, Romeo, Apollo, Basilio (Don Quixote) and James (Bournonville's La Sylphide). Monica Mason invited him to join The Royal Ballet after seeing Kish dance in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Kish's first performances with the Company were in a triple bill of La Valse, Winter Dreams and Theme and Variations. As well as dancing the classical roles, he has created roles in Alastair Marriott and Christopher Wheeldon's 'Trespass' in Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 and in Wheeldon's Aeternum.

Upcoming productions

  • DGV: Danse à grande vitesse

    Cast as Principal

    Christopher Wheeldon channels the hurtling momentum of Michael Nyman’s music in choreography of thrilling propulsion.

  • Manon

    Cast as Des Grieux

    Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece.

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Cast as Jack/The Knave of Hearts

    Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s thrillingly entertaining ballet.

Videos

News and features

  1. The Male Virtuoso

    The Male Virtuoso

    A look at the development of the male dancer.

  2. Watch: Nehemiah Kish on La Bayadère

    Watch: Nehemiah Kish on La Bayadère

    The American Royal Ballet Principal on the challenges of the role, and working with Natalia Makarova.

  3. Royal Ballet dancers the subjects of new photography exhibition

    Royal Ballet dancers the subjects of new photography exhibition

    Fashion, dance and photography brought together in works by Rick Guest.

  4. Watch: The Nutcracker in rehearsal

    Watch: The Nutcracker in rehearsal

    Jonathan Cope and Lesley Collier coach Fumi Kaneko and Nehemiah Kish in the Sugar Plum Fairy pas de deux.

  5. Balletic climax to London 2012 Closing Ceremony

    Balletic climax to London 2012 Closing Ceremony

    Darcey Bussell joins Royal Ballet Principals and 200-strong ensemble for finale.

  6. Metamorphosis Titian 2012: Abstraction, Symbol and Feeling

    Metamorphosis Titian 2012: Abstraction, Symbol and Feeling

    The Ballet Bag look at how the three creative teams involved have reflected Titian's paintings in different ways.

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