Principal dancer Brandon Lawrence to depart Birmingham Royal Ballet for Ballett Zürich

Birmingham Royal Ballet will say farewell to Principal dancer Brandon Lawrence on the finish of the 22/23 season as takes his subsequent step and joins Ballett Zürich for Cathy Marston’s first season as Director.

Brandon started dancing on the age of 8, incomes a spot on the prestigious Royal Ballet Faculty in 2006, earlier than becoming a member of Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2011, the place his expertise noticed him rise via the ranks. Brandon was promoted to Soloist in 2016, First Soloist two years later, and in 2019 achieved the best accolade of Principal.

All through his profession with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Brandon has been recognised for his excellent expertise and has obtained a number of nominations for dance awards. He has additionally been instrumental in creating new roles with the corporate, showcasing his creativity and flexibility.

Brandon Lawrence, photograph by Johan Persson

Brandon Lawrence stated: ‘During the last 12 years I’ve been afforded a profession at Birmingham Royal Ballet which has greater than exceeded my expectations of myself. Being a part of Sir David Bintley’s and Carlos Acosta’s visions, together with many new creations, in addition to the a lot cherished heritage works, has been an ongoing spotlight. The time has come for me to discover a brand new chapter past Birmingham Royal Ballet which can solely construct on the whole lot I’ve learnt from my time dancing with the corporate, and studying from the extremely expert individuals who’ve walked via the doorways. I’m ceaselessly grateful for the numerous alternatives I’ve been given from new creations and LEAP work to Radio and TV.  It has been an honour not simply to have danced with the corporate, but additionally to have been a proud ambassador.

Birmingham Royal Ballet, Interlinked with Tzu-Chao Chou and Brandon Lawrence. Picture by Tristram Kenton

My partnerships with Delia Mathews, Celine Gittens and Yijing Zhang; additionally dancing with Tzu-Chao Chou, Yaoqian Shang, Yvette Knight and Samara Downs will all maintain a particular place in my coronary heart. There have been too many favorite roles and ballets at Birmingham Royal Ballet to say, however to call just a few Romeo, Siegfried, third Seminarian in Carmina Burana, Othello in The Moors Pavane and Southern Cape Zebra in Nonetheless life on the Penguin Café (which would be the ultimate function I carry out for BRB) all stick out in my reminiscence.  Most just lately working with Juliano Nunez on Interlinked, Carlos on his manufacturing of Don Quixote and partnering Polina Seminova in Sir Peter Wright’s Swan Lake have additionally been enormous highlights.

Birmingham Royal Ballet will at all times be in my coronary heart because the household who’re in it collectively and there for one another. From August this yr I’ll be a part of Ballett Zürich as a Principal Dancer.’ 

Brandon Lawrence, Birmingham Royal Ballet Swan Lake. Picture @Dancers_Eye

Carlos Acosta stated: ‘We’re sorry to see Brandon go, however are excited for him on this new part of his profession. I’ve loved working with him very a lot and never solely is he an completed dancer, but additionally a warm-hearted individual and it’s been nice attending to know him, in addition to work with him, over the previous couple of years. I want him the perfect of luck with Ballett Zürich and look ahead to seeing what he does subsequent there. Everybody at Birmingham Royal Ballet will miss him.’

Brandon Lawrence, Birmingham Royal Ballet Swan Lake. Picture @Dancers_Eye

At present dancing Siegfried in BRB’s Swan Lake tour, acting at Edinburgh Pageant Theatre on 30 March, Brandon Lawrence’s ultimate performances will probably be in one in all his favorite roles because the Zebra in Sir David Bintley’s ‘Nonetheless LIfe on the Penguin Café’, in addition to Apollo and Interlinked, operating from 8 – 10 June at Birmingham Hippodrome.

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