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Olivia Cowley

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Olivia Cowley in action.
Olivia Cowley in Apollo, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

English dancer Olivia Cowley is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company, and was promoted to Soloist in 2013. She has created numerous roles for Wayne McGregor, including Raven (Raven Girl) and roles in Multiverse, Carbon Life and Acis and Galatea.

Cowley was born in Aylesbury. She began her training aged eight with Nicola Bowden as a junior associate of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. She joined The Royal Ballet Upper School aged 16. Her repertory with the Company includes Marie Larisch (Mayerling), Grand Duchess Olga (Anastasia), Mother (The Invitation), Calliope (Apollo), Helena (The Dream), big swan (Swan Lake), the title role in Cassandra, Lead Sylph (La Sylphide), Natasha (Winter Dreams), Summer Fairy (Cinderella), Courtesan (Manon), Carabosse, Florestan’s Sister and Fairy of the Crystal Fountain (The Sleeping Beauty), Harlot (Romeo and Juliet), Arabian Princess and Lead Flower (The Nutcracker), Lead Gypsy (Don Quixote), pas de quatre (La Bayadère), Whore (The Rake’s Progress), Moyna and Bathilde (Giselle) and Principal roles in Afternoon of a Faun, Qualia, Serenade, Chroma, L’Invitation au Voyage, Limen, Tetractys and Woolf Works. Her other role creations include the title role in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra and roles in Liam Scarlett’s Sweet Violets and Jonathan Watkins’s As One.

Work away from the Company includes appearing in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Timon of Athens at the National Theatre in 2012.

Videos

News and features

Ballet in Brisbane: The Royal Ballet's Olivia Cowley shares what life is like on tour

Ballet in Brisbane: The Royal Ballet's Olivia Cowley shares what life is like on tour

5 July 2017

The Royal Ballet Soloist shares the buzz of performing at Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane.

Beyond the stage: striking images of Royal Ballet dancers taken around London

Beyond the stage: striking images of Royal Ballet dancers taken around London

29 June 2017

The Ballerina Project offers a fresh viewpoint on life in the capital.

Cast change: <em>Mayerling</em> on 11 and 13 May 2017

Cast change: Mayerling on 11 and 13 May 2017

10 May 2017

Principal casting update for Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet.

Posts by Olivia Cowley

Ballet in Brisbane: The Royal Ballet's Olivia Cowley shares what life is like on tour

Ballet in Brisbane: The Royal Ballet's Olivia Cowley shares what life is like on tour

5 July 2017

The Royal Ballet Soloist shares the buzz of performing at Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane.

Photos

Robert Clark as the pianist, Lauren Cuthbertson as The Ballerina and Kristen McNally as the Angry Lady in The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Eric Underwood and Olivia Cowley in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead and Olivia Cowley in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra

Olivia Cowley and Ludovic Ondiviela in Ludovic Ondiviela's Cassandra

Edward Watson and Olivia Cowley in rehearsals for Raven Girl

Olivia Cowley in Apollo, The Royal Ballet

Olivia Cowley

Natalia Osipova as Anastasia, Christina Arestis as the Tsarina, Olivia Cowley as Olga, Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Tatiana and Yasmine Naghdi as Maria in Anastasia, The Royal Ballet

Olivia Cowley photographed for What Lies Beneath

Olivia Cowley in Joshua Beamish's Excerpts from a Study of Giselle, The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, 2015

Olivia Cowley in Cassandra

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Wife, Vadim Muntagirov as the Girl’s Cousin, Olivia Cowley as the Wife and David Donnelly as the Girl’s Cousin in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Olivia Cowley and David Donnelly in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Olivia Cowley and Thomas Whitehead in Cassandra

Olivia Cowley in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra

Olivia Cowley in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra

Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Olivia Cowley in The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Olivia Cowley, Romany Pajdak and Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Olivia Cowley and Edward Watson in Carbon Life.

Olivia Cowley dancing in Carbon Life

David Donnelly and Olivia Cowley in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Olivia Cowley and David Donnelly in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Olivia Cowley and David Donnelly in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

David Donnelly and Olivia Cowley in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

David Donnelly and Olivia Cowley in rehearsal for The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead and Olivia Cowley in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra

Olivia Cowley in Cassandra, The Royal Ballet; film still

Soloist Olivia Cowley supporting The Royal Ballet's Pointe Shoes Appeal