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Royal Ballet USA: Royal Ballet Artist Annette Buvoli on Washington D.C

Annette, who trained in Washington, discusses seeing the city with fresh eyes and performing Don Quixote to an American audience.

By Annette Buvoli (Artist of The Royal Ballet)

12 June 2015 at 3.58pm | Comment on this article

My second tour as part of The Royal Ballet has brought me back home to the States. Over the course of three weeks, the Company will visit Washington D.C., Chicago and New York, and we’re so excited to perform in three different theatres, bringing our wonderful production of Don Quixote, alongside other Royal Ballet classics like Ashton's The Dream and MacMillan's Song of the Earth, to American audiences. I’m originally from Colorado and so, although the East Coast may be many miles from my home, the people, shops and restaurants are all fondly familiar to me.

The first leg of the tour has brought us to USA’s capital, Washington D.C. I moved here to train when I was only 14, hoping desperately that I would someday make it as a professional dancer. Coming back as part of The Royal Ballet, and actually performing on stage at the Kennedy Center rather than sitting in the audience, is such a great feeling.

I was really looking forward to seeing the city again and exploring it with new friends, and we had plenty of opportunity to do so on our Company day off on Sunday. We spent the day happily exploring the countless monuments and museums, and were all pleasantly surprised at how spacious and organized the city is. It is very easy to get around, with many quaint shops and proper American-style restaurants. For me it was like coming back to a new city. Needless to say quite a few of us picked up a brilliant shade of red from the hot sunshine!

After a day exploring, we had our first class and stage call on Monday. Everything ran very smoothly and we were all confident and excited for the coming opening night, ready to see how the Americans would respond to our version of this classic ballet. Tuesday night came and Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nuñez were incredible, as always. The audience was also exceptional, and seemed to really love the production. The curtain came down on many smiling faces!

As the week progresses we will continue to perform and explore in this wonderful city. I am so happy to return to this place with this wonderful group of people, and I am so very proud of everything that we have done and have yet to do! The adventure continues.... Next stop, Chicago.

Find out more about Annette Buvoli.

The Royal Opera House would like to thank all tour supporters and Aud Jebsen for her support of the Royal Ballet touring programme.

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