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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

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.

Your reaction: Giselle

Your reaction: Giselle

19 January 2014

A selection of audience tweets from the first night (and matinee) of Peter Wright’s haunting production.

Watch: Giselle in rehearsals

Watch: Giselle in rehearsals

17 January 2014

Producer Peter Wright rehearses with Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez.

Gallery: Inside rehearsals for Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote

Gallery: Inside rehearsals for Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote

27 September 2013

Behind-the-scenes with The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for a highly anticipated new work.

Brazil Blog #4: When ballet meets reggae

Brazil Blog #4: When ballet meets reggae

1 March 2013

Royal Opera House party in Rio treated to performances by community project.

Photos

Alexander Campbell and Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Roberta Marquez and Federico Bonelli in La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Edward Watson, Roberta Marquez and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Jewels, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Roberta Marquez

Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Alexander Campbell and Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Alexander Campbell and Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Alexander Campbell and Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Roberta Marquez in La Bayadère © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Roberta Marquez in La Bayadère © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Roberta Marquez in La Bayadère © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Roberta Marquez in La Bayadère © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Roberta Marquez in La Bayadère © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Roberta Marquez of The Royal Ballet at an Afroreggae workshop in Rio, Brazil © Luiz Guilherme Guerreiro, 2013

Roberta Marquez of The Royal Ballet at an Afroreggae workshop in Rio, Brazil © Luiz Guilherme Guerreiro, 2013

Roberta Marquez of The Royal Ballet in one of Rio's favelas © Luiz Guilherme Guerreiro, 2013

Roberta Marquez of The Royal Ballet at an Afroreggae workshop in Rio, Brazil © Luiz Guilherme Guerreiro, 2013

Roberta Marquez of The Royal Ballet at an Afroreggae workshop in Rio, Brazil © Luiz Guilherme Guerreiro, 2013

Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez in La Fille mal gardée ©ROH 2012

Royal Ballet Principal Roberta Marquez preparing for a performance of Romeo and Juliet © Andrej Uspenski 2013

Roberta Marquez and Thiago Soares in Giselle. © Johan Persson

Roberta Marquez as Titania in The Dream, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson

Roberta Marquez as Titania, Steven McRae as Oberon and Enrique Ngbokota as Changeling Indian Boy in The Dream, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson

Bennet Gartside as Bottom and Roberta Marquez as Titania in The Dream, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson

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 © ROH / Johan Persson

Steven McRae as Oberon and Roberta Marquez asTitania in The Dream. © ROH / Johan Persson 2012

Roberta Marquez in Giselle © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2011

Roberta Marquez in Giselle, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2011

Roberta Marquez as Odile and Steven McRae as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Roberta Marquez as Tatiana and Thomas Whitehead as Prince Gremin in Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2010

Roberta Marquez as lise and Philip Mosley as Widow Simone in La Fille Mal Gardee © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2010

Roberta Marquez as Lise, Steven McRae as Colas and Ludovic Ondiviella as Alain in La Fille Mal Gardee © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2010

Roberta Marquez as Lise, Ludovic Ondiviella as Alain, Gary Avis as Thomas and Philip Mosley as Widow Simone in La Fille Mal Gardee © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2010

Roberta Marquez as Lise and Steven McRae as Colas in La Fille Mal Gardee © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2010

Valeri Hristov as Ivan Tsarevich and Roberta Marquez in The Firebird © Johan Persson/ROH 2009

Valeri Hristov as Ivan Tsarevich and Roberta Marquez in The Firebird © Johan Persson/ROH 2009