25 July 2018 at 10.45am | 11 Comments
Today, The Royal Ballet announces leavers and joiners for the 2018/19 season. As previously announced, Cesar Corrales joins The Royal Ballet as First Soloist. Former Royal Ballet School student Joseph Aumeer also joins the Company as an Artist.
For the 2018/19 Season The Royal Ballet welcomes seven dancers to the Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme: Harris Bell, Harrison Lee, Taisuke Nakao, Katherina Nikelski, Amelia Townsend and Hang Yu from The Royal Ballet School and Lania Atkins from the Dutch National Ballet Academy. Amelia Palmiero continues as an Aud Jebsen Young Dancer.
Davide Loricchio joins as the Prix de Lausanne dancer for the 2018/19 Season.
Soloist Fernando Montaño will take leave of absence during the 2018/19 Season to undertake various projects and First Artist Leticia Stock will also take leave of absence during the 2018/19 Season to dance with the Joffrey Ballet.
Soloist Laura McCulloch retired earlier in 2018 after 17 years with The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company in 2001, promoted to First Artist in 2005 and Soloist in 2008. With the Company her repertory included Mitzi Caspar (Mayerling), Myrtha (Giselle), Lilac Fairy (The Sleeping Beauty), Helena (The Dream) and roles in Jewels and Elite Syncopations. She also created several roles for the Company, including in Christopher Bruce’s Three Songs – Two Voices and Alastair Marriott’s Sensorium.
Director of The Royal Ballet, Kevin O’Hare, comments: “Laura has been a wonderful presence at The Royal Ballet, both on and off the stage. She has excelled in a wide range of our repertory, making a gracious Lilac Fairy and a commanding Queen of the Wilis, to mention just a couple of her memorable roles. She will be very much missed by us all and we wish her well for the future.”