Norwegian dancer Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and in 2015 graduated into The Royal Ballet’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme, going on to join the Company as an Artist in 2016, promoted to First Artist in 2019.
Brændsrød was born in Oslo and began dancing at the age of ten, first as a breakdancer before turning to ballet. He went on to train at the Norwegian National Ballet School (where he participated in the documentary film Ballet Boys) and The Royal Ballet Upper School. His awards at the School included second prize at the 2013 Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance, first prize at the 2014 Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award (with his piece Django’s Waltz performed at the School’s annual matinee) and the 2015 Ninette de Valois Prize for most outstanding male graduate.
His roles at the School included Jean de Brienne and lead Hungarian (Raymonda Act III), second movement pas de deux in Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto and in Derek Deane’s Chanson, Jirí Kylián’s Sechs Tänze and Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush. His roles with the Company have included Prince Gremin (Onegin) and roles in Concerto, Obsidian Tear and Carbon Life, and he created a role in Charlotte Edmonds’s Meta. Work as a choreographer while with The Royal Ballet includes a piece for Draft Works 2017.