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Herman Cornejo



Herman Cornejo in action.
Herman Cornejo and Alessandra Ferri in Martha Clarke’s Chéri © Signature Theatre. Photograph by Joan Marcus, 2015

Argentine dancer Herman Cornejo is a principal of American Ballet Theatre. He made his Royal Opera House debut in 2015 as the title role in Martha Clarke’s Chéri, opposite Alessandra Ferri.

Cornejo studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón and on a scholarship with the School of American Ballet. Aged 14 he was invited by Julio Bocca to join Ballet Argentino, and aged 16 he won gold medal at the Moscow Ballet Competition. Subsequent awards have included the Benois de la danse (2014). He joined ABT in 1999 and was promoted to principal in 2003. His repertory there includes more than ninety roles in classical, modern and contemporary ballet, including Basilio (Don Quixote), Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Romeo (Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet), Solor (La Bayadère), Jean de Brienne and Abderakhman (Raymonda), Prince Désiré (Alexei Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty), Aminta (Sylvia), Johann (Roland Petit’s La Chauve-souris), Ali and Conrad (Le Corsaire), Franz (Coppélia), Ivan (Ratmansky’s The Firebird), Henry (Christopher Wheeldon’s VIII), Third Sailor (Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free), Rose (Le Spectre de la Rose), Apollo and in ‘Rubies’ (Jewels). He regularly works with such choreographers as Clarke, Russell Maliphant, Mark Morris, Ratmansky, Twyla Tharp, Natalie Weir and Stanton Welch.

Cornejo regularly performs as a guest artist with such companies as New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and Teatro Colón. His collaborations with Alessandra Ferri include Trio Concertdance, Evolution and Chéri.

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Dance Theatre Essentials: Chéri

24 September 2015
Dance Theatre Essentials: <em>Chéri</em>

Our quick introduction to Martha Clarke’s impassioned piece of dance theatre, inspired by the writings of Colette.