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Associate Director of The Royal Ballet Jeanetta Laurence among those recognized in the 2015 New Year Honours list

Royal Opera House designers Es Devlin and Tom Piper, and director Richard Jones, also receive honours.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

31 December 2014 at 2.47pm | 1 Comment

Jeanetta Laurence, Associate Director of The Royal Ballet, has received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for services to dance.

Laurence trained as a dancer at The Royal Ballet School before continuing a successful career with The Royal Ballet Touring Company and later Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. Since her appointment as Associate Director in 2009, she has been working closely with the Director of The Royal Ballet: initially Monica Mason and, from 2012, Kevin O’Hare.

'I am delighted to receive this Honour', she says. 'It has been the most wonderful privilege to have been a part of The Royal Ballet organization, first at the School then as a dancer with the Company and, for the last 25 years, as part of the senior management team.'

British designer Es Devlin has also been awarded an OBE for services to stage and set design.

Her successful career to date has ranged from the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics to the award-winning West End play Chimerica.

Devlin made her Royal Opera House debut in 2005 creating designs for Philip Glass’s Orphée and has since worked on numerous Royal Opera productions, including Salome and Les Troyens. Earlier this year, she designed her first production for The Royal Ballet, Alastair Marriott's Connectome.

‘The Royal Opera House is an environment that encourages conceptual bravery and technical innovation and has played a massive part in my development as a designer’, she says.

Devlin’s set designs will also feature in upcoming Royal Opera productions for the 2014/15 Season. She is currently working on John Fulljames’s production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, which will have its premiere at Covent Garden in March 2015, and her recent designs for Kasper Holten’s production of Don Giovanni will return in June 2015.

Theatre designer Tom Piper has received an MBE for services to theatre and First World War commemorations.

Piper recently created the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation with ceramic artist Paul Cummins at the Tower of London, in memory of the fallen of World War I. His set designs will feature in the forthcoming Royal Opera production of Orfeo directed by Michael Boyd, with whom he previously worked on the award-winning Histories for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Opera and theatre director Richard Jones has been awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours list for services to music. Jones made his Royal Opera debut in 1994 with Das Rheingold and has since been credited with numerous productions, including the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole.

View the full New Year Honours 2015 list


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  1. Ruth Wilcock responded on 1 January 2015 at 9:22am Reply

    Well deserved congratulations too for former principal Royal Ballet dancer on her MBE,
    Miss Marguerite PORTER, Director, Yorkshire Ballet Summer School. For services to Ballet.

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