The Company Index
Introduced by David Bintley
Born in Chile, César Morales trained at the Municipal Theatre's Ballet School in Santiago before being offered a scholarship by Ben Stevenson to train at the Houston Ballet Academy. He joined Ballet de Santiago at 16, and was promoted to Principal within two years. Blessed with an outstanding and beautiful technique, César has won gold medals at both the Prague and New York International Ballet Competitions, and the Altazor Prize, awarded by professional dancers of Chile. He joined English National Ballet in 2004, and guested with the Vienna Staatsoper as a Principal Guest Artist in 2006. In order to experience a wider repertory, however, César joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2008 and immediately established himself as a classical dancer of exemplary style with a great understanding and sensitivity in dramatic roles. His repertory with the Company is wide-ranging and extends from the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, the Southern Cape Zebra in 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café and Troyte in Enigma Variations, to Amynta in Sylvia and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Most recently he has guested with the Ballet de Santiago in Marcia Haydée's Swan Lake and with Royal Ballet Principal Leanne Benjamin in Romeo and Juliet as a guest of the National Ballet of Japan.
With Birmingham Royal Ballet:
Frederick Ashton: Enigma Variations (Arthur Tryote Griffith), Symphonic Variations and Les Rendezvous (lead role)
George Balanchine: Serenade and Theme and Variations
David Bintley: Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Aladdin (title role), Sylvia (Amynta), Cinderella (Prince), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Southern Cape Zebra) and Allegri diversi
Gillian Lynne after Robert Helpmann: Miracle in the Gorbals (The Stranger)
Kit Holder: Quatrain
Kenneth MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo)
Hans van Manen: Grosse Fuge
Rudolph Nureyev: Raymonda Act III (Jean de Brienne)
Garry Stewart: The Centre and its Opposite
Peter Wright's productions of The Nutcracker (Prince), The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund) and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried)
With Ballet de Santiago:
leading roles in Nagy's Swan Lake and Giselle, Stevenson's Four Last Songs and The Sleeping Beauty, Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet, Makarova's La Bayadère, Bustamente's Le Corsaire and The Nutcracker, Hynd's Coppélia, Pinto's Don Quixote, MacMillan's Manon, Balanchine's Midsummer Night's Dream, Theme and Variations and Serenade, Tetley's The Rite of Spring and Robbins's In the Night.
With English National Ballet:
leading roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Lander's Etudes and Dawson's A Million Kisses to My Skin.
With Vienna Staatsoper:
leading roles in Nureyev's Swan Lake, Wright's The Sleeping Beauty and Harangozó's Coppélia.
Dancer of the Year, Critics' Cirlce for the Arts - Chile, 2000; Altazor Prize, awarded by the professional dancers of Chile, 2002, 2003; Gold Medal, Prague International Ballet Competition, 2002; Gold Medal, New York International Ballet Competition, 2003.
In November 2008, he danced the role of James in La Sylphide with Ballet de Santiago.
CÚsar Morales; photo: Richard Battye
Enigma Variations Troyte rehearsal video
The Beasts within