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Denis Bonner

Denis Bonner was born in London and trained at the Royal Ballet School. After three years with Northern Dance Theatre, in 1976 he joined Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet). WIth the Company he danced in ballets by Ashton, MacMillan, Balanchine, Cranko, De Valois, Van Manen and Bintley, amongst others, notably in character roles. He also appeared in most of the classics. Moving on from his dance career, he studied Benesh Movement Notation at the Benesh Institute in London after which, in 1986, he assisted Peter Wright with his production of Giselle at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and was subsequently invited back to work with Peter as Company Notator. He now works with the current Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, David Bintley. He rehearses and teaches a great deal of the Company's repertory, as well as travelling abroad staging works by Bintley, Ashton and MacMillan, as well as Wright's productions of Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia and The Nutcracker. He has worked with:
Birmingham Royal Ballet
The Royal Ballet
Stuttgart Ballet
Australian Ballet
Vienna State Opera Ballet
The Royal Swedish Ballet
Ballet de l'Opéra de Nice
Star Dancers Ballet, Tokyo
Noriko Kobayashi Ballet, Tokyo
Scottish Ballet
Warsaw Ballet
State Ballet of Georgia
Badisches Staatstheater Ballet
Dutch National Ballet
The National Ballet of Japan
Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro

Last updated: May 2014

Denis Bonner Répétiteur / Choreologist; photo: Andrew Ross

Denis Bonner Répétiteur / Choreologist; photo: Andrew Ross

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