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Momoko Hirata

Born in Gunma, Japan, Momoko Hirata trained at the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School. She won the Prix de Lausanne (2001). She joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2003; First Artist, 2005; Soloist, 2008; First Soloist, 2010. She joined Barcelona Ballet in 2011 as a First Soloist and was promoted to Principal in the same year. Her repertory included Swan Lake (Odette/Odile), Christopher Wheeldon's DGV and Polyphonia and Clark Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto. She danced the Tchaikovsky pas de deux for Nina Ananiashvili 30th Anniversary, partnered by Angel Corella. She returned to Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2012.

Frederick Ashton: Enigma Variations (Lady Elgar), Dante Sonata, La Fille mal gardée, Scènes de ballet and The Two Pigeons
George Balanchine: Apollo (Polyhymnia) and Western Symphony
David Bintley: Carmina burana (Lover Girl), Hobson's Choice (Salvation Army), The Nutcracker Sweeties (Candy Kane), The Seasons ('Spring', 'Winter'), The Shakespeare Suite (Titania), Beauty and the Beast (Wild Girl), Sylvia (Sylvia), E=mc² ('Celeritas²), Allegri diversi, Les Petits Riens, The Sons of Horus and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle ('Harvest pas de deux')
Kim Brandstrup: Pulcinella
Oliver Hindle: The Four Seasons ('Spring', 'Winter')
Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer's reconstruction of The Rite of Spring ('Old Woman')
Kenneth MacMillan: Elite Syncopations and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet's Friends)
Marius Petipa: Paquita (leading role)
Twyla Tharp: In the Upper Room and Nine Sinatra Songs ('Softly', 'Forget Domani')
Peter Wright's productions of The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, Rose Fairy), The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora, Enchanted Princess, Fairy of Temperament); Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Cygnets, Italian Princess, pas de trois)

Winner, Prix de Lausanne, 2001

Last updated September 2012.

Momoko Hirata; photo: Tim Cross

Momoko Hirata; photo: Tim Cross


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