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Roberta Marquez

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Roberta Marquez in action.
Roberta Marquez in Giselle © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2011

Brazilian dancer Roberta Marquez is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company as a Principal in 2004. Her many roles include Nikiya (La Bayadère), Lise (La Fille mal gardée), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Juliet, Tatiana (Onegin) and the Firebird.

Marquez was born in Rio de Janeiro and began dancing at the age of four. She went on to train at the Maria Olenewa State Dance School, taught by local teachers and guest teachers from the Kirov Ballet. In 1994 she joined the Municipal Theatre Ballet and was promoted to principal in 2002. Roles with the company included Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Swanilda (Coppélia) and Giselle. Guest appearances from this time included dancing as Nikiya with American Ballet Theatre.

Marquez’s many prizes include Best Dancer of the Year at the 2001 Rio de Janeiro Dance Awards and silver medal and best couple (with Royal Ballet Principal and fellow Brazilian Thiago Soares) at the 2001 Moscow International Ballet Competition. In spring 2013 she was part of a group from the Royal Opera House that visited Rio de Janeiro to forge new links with Brazil through performance, education work and skills training.

Videos

News and features

Cast Changes: Swan Lake on 19 and 21 February 2015

Cast Changes: Swan Lake on 19 and 21 February 2015

17 February 2015

Cast changes in effect for roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried.

Watch: Ballet shot in super slow-motion

Watch: Ballet shot in super slow-motion

5 September 2014

Filming Royal Ballet dancers at 1,500 frames-per-second offers a unique glimpse of the tiny nuances of technique.

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

26 August 2014

A number of Royal Ballet dancers are performing extracts from iconic dance works.

Photos

Roberta Marquez as Titania in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

Roberta Marquez as Titania, Steven McRae as Oberon and Enrique Ngbokota as Changeling Indian Boy in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

Roberta Marquez as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty

Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez in La Fille mal gardée

Valeri Hristov as Ivan Tsarevich and Roberta Marquez in The Firebird

Roberta Marquez

Roberta Marquez in La Bayadère

Roberta Marquez and Federico Bonelli in La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet

Roberta Marquez in La Bayadère

Roberta Marquez in La Bayadère

Roberta Marquez in La Bayadère

Royal Ballet Principal Roberta Marquez preparing for a performance of Romeo and Juliet

Roberta Marquez of The Royal Ballet at an Afroreggae workshop in Rio, Brazil

Roberta Marquez of The Royal Ballet at an Afroreggae workshop in Rio, Brazil

Roberta Marquez in Giselle

Roberta Marquez as Lise, Steven McRae as Colas and Ludovic Ondiviella as Alain in La Fille Mal Gardee

Roberta Marquez as Lise and Steven McRae as Colas in La Fille Mal Gardee

Bennet Gartside as Bottom and Roberta Marquez as Titania in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

Roberta Marquez and Thiago Soares in Giselle.

Valeri Hristov as Ivan Tsarevich and Roberta Marquez in The Firebird

Valeri Hristov as Ivan Tsarevich and Roberta Marquez in The Firebird

Alexander Campbell and Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Alexander Campbell and Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Roberta Marquez as Odile and Steven McRae as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake

Steven McRae as Oberon and Roberta Marquez asTitania in The Dream.

Roberta Marquez in La Bayadère

Roberta Marquez in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Roberta Marquez as Odette and members of the corps de ballet in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Steven McRae as Oberon, Roberta Marquez as Titania, Enrique Ngbokota as Changeling Indian Boy and Artists of the Royal Ballet in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Roberta Marquez and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Jewels, The Royal Ballet

Roberta Marquez of The Royal Ballet at an Afroreggae workshop in Rio, Brazil

Roberta Marquez of The Royal Ballet in one of Rio's favelas

Roberta Marquez of The Royal Ballet at an Afroreggae workshop in Rio, Brazil

Roberta Marquez as Princess Aurora and Rupert Pennefather as Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty

Roberta Marquez as Princess Aurora and Rupert Pennefather as Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty

Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote