News: Sarah Wildor's

Friday 12 October 2001

Sarah Wildor To Leave Royal Ballet
Principal Dancer Sarah Wildor has decided to leave The Royal Ballet and the company are stressing that it is at her own request.

Sarah was born in Essex and trained locally before attending the Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools and has been a member of The Royal Ballet since 1991. Anthony Dowell promoted her to Principal in 1999.

Her repertory includes the principal roles in; Dame Ninette de Valois’ Coppélia, Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Daphnis and Chloë, Enigma Variations, La Fille mal gardée, Ondine and Rhapsody, Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia, Concerto, Gloria, The Invitation, Manon and Romeo and Juliet and Peter Wright’s Giselle and Nutcracker among many others. She has also created roles in ballets by Matthew Hart, Ashley Page, Twyla Tharp, and William Tuckett.

“I have come to a stage in my career when I feel that a change of direction would be of benefit to me as an artist. I have enjoyed a wonderful career with The Royal Ballet and now look forward to new challenges”
said Wildor.

Director of The Royal Ballet, Ross Stretton, said: “I admire Sarah very much as a dancer and it saddens me that I will not now have the opportunity to work with her. I wish her well for the future.”

Press Links
The Times are suggesting that her departure may not have been entirely voluntary, however.
Allen Robertson, The Times, 28 September

Ismene Brown, whilst accepting that Stretton needs to make changes, is not sure that this decision bodes well…
The Telegraph, 6 October

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