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Watch: Marianela Nuñez rehearses The Royal Ballet's Sylvia with Darcey Bussell

Frederick Ashton's ballet is a challenge for even the top ballerinas.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

17 November 2017 at 11.06am | 5 Comments

Performing the lead role in Frederick Ashton's ballet Sylvia requires stepping into some big shoes indeed.

The ballet was created as a showpiece for the choreographer's muse, legendary ballerina Margot Fonteyn, and features extremely challenging choreography as well as layered characterization.

Following in Fonteyn's footsteps during upcoming Royal Ballet performances will be Principal Marianela Nuñez, who has been coached in the role by former Principal Darcey Bussell; she danced the part in the mid-2000s.

Nuñez last performed the role in 2010 and being coached by someone who knows the role so intimately has been invaluable:

'With ballet you always need to have someone to guide you', says Nuñez of Bussell's involvement. 'A coach is a very important person in your life and career because they're the person that you go to fix things.'

'Every time you come back to [a role] it has to feel fresh and alive', says Bussell. 'There are lots of challenges technically but what's different is the woman is very strong in this – that's a different approach. For a classic it has an unusual twist. It's incredibly satisfying to perform'.

Sylvia runs 23 November-16 December 2017. Tickets are still available.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Lady Joan Jarvis CBE, Peter Lloyd, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson and the Paul Ferguson Memorial Fund.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

17 November 2017 at 11.06am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Frederick Ashton, Darcey Bussell, Marianela Nuñez, Production, Sylvia

This article has 5 comments

  1. Carlos responded on 17 November 2017 at 8:19pm Reply

    Please, share a vídeo of Natalia Osipova as Sylvia,

  2. Wish Sylvia would be shown in cinema!
    I love the music and choreographed my own ballet like performance dancing a fairy in 'Goldilocks and the 3 bears' some 30 years ago.

  3. Sue Cardy responded on 18 November 2017 at 5:33pm Reply

    Loved watching this; knew little about Sylvia and now I want to see it!

  4. Naho responded on 19 November 2017 at 9:02am Reply

    I fell in love with Nela when I saw her Sylvia in Japan in 2008. Ever since then, I am a big fan of Nela & Royal Ballet! I could not resist the urge to fly from Tokyo to London just to see it again!!! Oh, dearest ROH, please, please make Nela & Vadim's Sylvia available in Blu-ray!!! It's such a shame not to pass down the treasure to posterity!!!

  5. Eric FIrkins responded on 3 December 2017 at 10:11am Reply

    I have seen this ballet several times on DVD with Darcy inthe principal role But yesterday was the first time that I had seen it 'live'. i was engrossed because I could better appreciate the wonderful choreography of Ashton that is not so obvious on disc. Lauren was dancing Sylvia and she displayed all the facets of character that this role demands to a very high standard. Looking forward to seeing this ballet again on Wednesday when Marienela will be dancing the Principal role.

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