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 by way of the ranks. Brandon was promoted to Soloist in 2016, First Soloist two years later, and in 2019 achieved the very best accolade of Principal.
All through his profession with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Brandon has been recognised for his excellent expertise and has acquired 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 mentioned: ‘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 liked 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 all the pieces I’ve learnt from my time dancing with the corporate, and studying from the extremely expert individuals who’ve walked by way of 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.
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 closing position I carry out for BRB) all stick out in my reminiscence. Most not too long ago 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 big highlights.’
Birmingham Royal Ballet will all the time be in my coronary heart because the household who’re in it collectively and there for one another. From August this 12 months I’ll be part of Ballett Zürich as a Principal Dancer.’
Carlos Acosta mentioned: ‘We’re sorry to see Brandon go, however are excited for him on this new section of his profession. I’ve loved working with him very a lot and never solely is he an achieved 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 easiest of luck with Ballett Zürich and stay up for seeing what he does subsequent there. Everybody at Birmingham Royal Ballet will miss him.’
Presently dancing Siegfried in BRB’s Swan Lake tour, acting at Edinburgh Competition Theatre on 30 March, Brandon Lawrence’s closing performances shall be in certainly one of 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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