News: Tamara Rojo in the press

Tuesday 12 June 2012 by Carmel Smith

Tamara Rojo. Photo: Johan Persson

Tamara Rojo will be dancing her last performances as a Royal Ballet Principal in the next few weeks before taking up the role of Artistic Director at English National Ballet in August. She’s been talking to the Sunday Times’ David Jays:

Details of her new season are under wraps, but she insists all the dancers are safe for the first year — “It wouldn’t be fair to judge people for the past” — and hopes the company will become “the kind of artistic hub where people are encouraged to flourish”. Her model, she says unexpectedly, is “a bit like the Bauhaus at the beginning”. As with the radical, short-lived German art school, she yearns to commission a swathe of new works and create something “really exciting, with fantastic teachers and hungry artists. Now I need money”. Read more in the Sunday Times, 9 June 2012
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There are many ballet fans for whom her last peformances at the Royal Opera House will be bitter sweet – although she has said she will be dancing occasionally with English National Ballet. Rupert Christiansen thinks she is making the wrong decision.

The divine Tamara will need to focus on balancing the books by presenting a programme that both draws large audiences and keeps a company of talented but restless dancers motivated. To do this, she will have to spend (and waste) a huge amount of time speechifying and schmoozing potential donors. It won’t be easy; it could get boring, too. And all the time I’ll be thinking: she never got to dance Natalya Petrovna in Ashton’s A Month in the Country. Read more in the Telegraph, 12 June 2012

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