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Roberta Marquez

Guest Artist

Biography

Roberta Marquez in action.
Roberta Marquez in Afternoon of a Faun, The Royal Ballet © Dee Conway

Brazilian dancer Roberta Marquez was a Principal of The Royal Ballet 2004–15. Her Royal Ballet repertory has included Giselle, Manon, Cinderella, Nikiya (La Bayadère), Lise (La Fille mal gardée), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Swanilda (Coppélia), Juliet, Marie (Different Drummer), Titania (The Dream), the Firebird, Sylphide, Pupil (The LessonThe Wedding Bouquet), Tatiana (Onegin) and roles in Afternoon of a Faun and Symphony in C. She returned in the 2016/17 Season as a Guest Artist, dancing Lise.

Marquez was born in Rio de Janeiro and trained at the Maria Olenewa State Dance School. In 1994 she joined the Municipal Theatre Ballet, promoted to principal in 2002. Roles with the company included Odette/Odile, Swanilda (Coppélia) and Giselle. Other roles in her repertory include Chloë (Daphnis and Chloë), Princess Stephanie (Mayerling), Katerina (John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew) and roles in Floresta Amazônica, Serenade, Theme and Variations and Suite en blanc. Guest appearances include with American Ballet Theatre.

Marquez’s many awards include Best Dancer of the Year at the 2001 Rio de Janeiro Dance Awards and silver medal and Best Couple (with Royal Ballet Principal Thiago Soares) at the 2001 Moscow International Ballet Competition.

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News and features

Roberta Marquez to leave The Royal Ballet

Roberta Marquez to leave The Royal Ballet

27 November 2015

Principal dancer to leave the Company after 11 years.

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.

Photos

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

Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Alexander Campbell and Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Alexander Campbell and Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote

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

Valeri Hristov as Ivan Tsarevich and Roberta Marquez in The Firebird

Roberta Marquez as Tatiana and Thomas Whitehead as Prince Gremin in Onegin

Roberta Marquez as lise and Philip Mosley as Widow Simone in La Fille Mal Gardee

Roberta Marquez as Lise, Ludovic Ondiviella as Alain, Gary Avis as Thomas and Philip Mosley as Widow Simone in La Fille Mal Gardee

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

Alexander Campbell and Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Alexander Campbell and Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Roberta Marquez in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

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 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

Roberta Marquez in Giselle

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 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