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James Barton



Born on the Wirral, James Barton started dancing at the age of three and studied at Elmhurst School for Dance. As a student, performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet in Beauty and the Beast, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, The Rite of Spring, The Lady and the Fool and Hobson's Choice. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2006 and was promoted to First Artist in 2011; Soloist 2012.

REPERTORY INCLUDES
Frederick Ashton: Daphnis and Chloë (Shepherd) , La Fille mal gardée, (Alain, Widow Simone), The Dream (Puck) and Enigma Variations (Hew David Steuart Powell).
George Balanchine: Stravinsky Violin Concerto
David Bintley: Cyrano (Cooks, Cadets), Hobson's Choice (Creditors), Carmina burana (Seminarians), Take Five ('Four Square') , Beauty and the Beast and Sylvia ( Magog)
Kim Brandstrup: Pulcinella
John Cranko: Pineapple Poll (Jasper)
Mikhail Fokine: Petrushka (title role)
Oliver Hindle: The Four Seasons ('Autumn')
Kenneth MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), Concerto (First Movement) and Elite Syncopations ('Alaskan Rag')
Twyla Tharp: Nine Sinatra Songs ('Somethin' Stupid)
Peter Wright's productions of The Nutcracker (Russian Dance), The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Neapolitan Dance)

CREATED ROLES
He created roles in Jessica Lang's Lyric Pieces and David Bintley's Faster.

AWARDS
Second place, Young British Dancer of the Year, 2005


Last updated September 2012.
James Barton; photo: Tim Cross

James Barton; photo: Tim Cross

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