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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 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 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), 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

Royal Opera House artists show that #LondonIsOpen at Rio 2016

Royal Opera House artists show that #LondonIsOpen at Rio 2016

19 August 2016

Performances from The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet mirror success in the athletes' medal table with a winning British cultural offer.

#BalletBeauty InstaMeet: Exclusive pictures inside the Royal Ballet dressing rooms

#BalletBeauty InstaMeet: Exclusive pictures inside the Royal Ballet dressing rooms

2 June 2016

Six Instagrammers and make-up artists spent time with dancers of The Royal Ballet to capture their getting-ready routines.

What do Royal Ballet dancers do on their summer break?

What do Royal Ballet dancers do on their summer break?

5 August 2012

As the curtain closes on another season, we find out what ballet dancers do to relax and unwind.

Photos

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

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

Olivia Cowley in Apollo, The Royal Ballet

Olivia Cowley

Olivia Cowley in Cassandra

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 and Thomas Whitehead in Cassandra

Olivia Cowley in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra

Olivia Cowley in Ludovic Ondiviela’s 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

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

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

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