David Hallberg will become a Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet in the 2019/2020 Season.
Hallberg has a long association partnering Royal Ballet Principal dancer Natalia Osipova. During the 2018/2019 Season they performed together at The Royal Opera House in Frederick Ashton's A Month in the Country and Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet. They also danced the balcony pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet at the centenary celebration for Margot Fonteyn in June 2019.
Now Hallberg continues his partnership with Osipova, beginning with Kenneth MacMillan's Manon on 15 and 19 October. On 20 November he makes his debut as Prince Florimund in The Royal Ballet's production of The Sleeping Beauty with Osipova as Princess Aurora. He will also make his debut in the first revival of the Company's new production of Swan Lake on 11 March.
Director of The Royal Ballet, Kevin O'Hare, said,
It's a great pleasure to welcome David Hallberg back to the Company for this Season. His partnership with Natalia Osipova is thrilling to watch and together they have a very special chemistry. David is a much-loved principal of American Ballet Theater and it is wonderful for audiences this side of the Atlantic to have the opportunity to see him dance with The Royal Ballet across a variety of our signature repertory.
And Hallberg added,
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