Daniil Simkin and Daniel Camargo will replace James Whiteside in upcoming performances with the American Ballet Theatre during the spring and summer. Whiteside is recovering from a serious knee injury after an incident during a performance of The Nutcracker, just before Christmas.
Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of ABT, announced that Daniil Simkin, who was a principal dancer with the company from 2012 to 2020, will return as a guest artist for some performances during the company’s touring engagements and also during its 2022 Summer Season at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Simkin first joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist in October 2008 and was promoted to principal dancer in November 2012. With ABT, he has danced most major classical and neoclassical roles in the company’s repertoire. Currently, he is a principal dancer with Staatsballett in Berlin.
Simkin will dance Basilio in Don Quixote at the Met with ABT principal Isabella Boylston as Kitri, at the matinee on Wednesday 15 June and the evening of Saturday 18 June 2022. He will also dance the role of Basilio with ABT at the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk, Virginia at the matinee on Sunday 27 March and at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on the evening of Thursday 31 March.
Daniel Camargo, a former principal dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet and Dutch National Ballet, will also be guesting during the season – it will be the first time that he has appeared with American Ballet Theatre. He will dance Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake opposite Boylston as Odette-Odile on the evening of Tuesday 28 June and at the matinee on Saturday 2 July at the Metropolitan Opera House. He will again dance with Boylston in Romeo and Juliet on the evening of Wednesday 13 July.
Born in Sorocaba, Brazil, Daniel Camargo trained at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany. After graduating in 2009, he joined the Stuttgart Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to soloist in 2012 and principal dancer in 2013. In 2016, he joined Dutch National Ballet as a principal dancer.
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