The Company Index
Introduced by David Bintley
Carol-Anne Millar joined Birmingham Royal Ballet directly from the Royal Ballet School and has passed through all the ranks of the Company. With unmatched vivacity, a dazzling turn of speed, and a huge jump that have delighted the Company's followers for a number of years, Carol-Anne is a true British soubrette. In roles such as Lise in La Fille mal gardée, Poll in Pineapple Poll and Helena in The Dream, she has shown a rare gift for comedy as well as a sparkling technique. Most recently, she created the unforgettably funny Ugly Sister, Dumpy, in Cinderella, and the leading marathon runner in the Company's Olympic-themed ballet Faster. Her range however is not confined to 'light-hearted' work alone, and she has danced thoughtful interpretations of Juliet and leading roles in a great range of shorter ballets, from Tombeaux to In the Upper Room, with great distinction.
Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée (Lise), Enigma Variations (Dorabella), Façade (Polka) and Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Alice)
George Balanchine: Apollo (Polyhymnia) and Western Symphony (First movement, Third movement)
David Bintley: Beauty and the Beast (Wild Girl), Far from the Madding Crowd (Fanny), Hobson's Choice (Vickey Hobson, Salvation Army), The Nutcracker Sweeties (Candy Kane), The Seasons ('Winter'), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Great Auk, Humboldt's Hog-nosed Skunk Flea), Tombeaux (lead role), The Sons of Horus and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle (Myrtha, Zulme)
John Cranko: Pineapple Poll (title role)
Mikhail Fokine: The Firebird (title role)
Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer's reconstruction of The Rite of Spring (Chosen One)
Kenneth MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) and Solitaire (Polka Girl)
Twyla Tharp: In the Upper Room
Peter Wright's productions of Coppélia (Swanilda, 'Dawn'), The Nutcracker (Clara, Rose Fairy), The Sleeping Beauty (Fairy of Temperament, Fairy of Song, White Cat, pas de quatre, Enchanted Princess) and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (pas de trois, Italian Princess, Polish Princess)
David Bintley: The Shakespeare Suite (Kate) and E=mc² (Celritas²)
Female Classical Spotlight award, Critics' Circle National Dance Awards, 2008.
Last updated September 2012.
Carol-Anne Millar; photo: Richard Battye
Carol-Anne Millar retires from the stage
David Bintley on 2008's Claras