234th Season

Lucia Lacarra

Dancer

She went to Victor Ullate?s school in Madrid. Already in her second year there she was given a contract to the Ballet de Victor Ullate. She was just fifteen when she danced Balanchine?s Allegro Brillante. In the course of four seasons this was followed by Concerto Barocco, Fokine?s Les Sylphides, four works by Hans van Manen, Nils Christe?s Before Nightfall, as well as four pieces by her mentor Ullate. In 1994 she joined Roland Petit?s Ballets de Marseille as principal. Petit entrusted her with the role of Esmeralda, with Patrick Dupont in Notre Dame de Paris. Within three years she danced the leading roles in seven ballets by Petit, four of which were created for her, most notably Angelique in Le Guйpard and, as partner of Nicolas Le Riche, in Le Jeune homme et la Mort. She then decided to join the San Francisco Ballet. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson she could dance Giselle, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty for the first time. The Cage, In the Night and Dances at a Gathering by Jerome Robbins became part of her repertoire, as well as six Balanchine ballets, from Serenade to Jewels, and Victor Gsovsky?s Grand Pas Classique, three ballets by Helgi Tomasson, MacMillian?s The Invitation, van Manen?s Black Cake, Nacho Duato?s Without Words, Roland Petit?s LArlesienne and Desdemona in Lar Lubovitch?s contemporary Othello.

Lucia Lacarra has joined the Bayerisches Staatsballett with the 2002/2003 season in order to return towards the leading European choreographers. In the course of the first three months in Munich she danced Raymonda, Tatjana and Odette/Odile as well as the third pas de deux of In the Night, always together with her partner of many years, Cyril Pierre who has also joined the company as principal. Together they are guests in the big theatres around the world. She also danced in Portrait John Neumeier in Jupiter Symphony and In the Blue Garden. In the autumn 2003 she danced Louise in John Neumeier?s The Nutcracker as well as Titania/Hippolyta in his A Midsummer Night?s Dream and the title role in Ivan Liska?s new production of The Sleeping Beauty.

Lucia Lacarra was awarded with the Prix Nijinsky in Monte Carlo in December 2002, followed by the Prix Benois de la Danse which she won in Moscow in April 2003. She was nominated in 2004 and 2005 for the Merkur Theaterpreis in Munich. In November 2005 she was awarded with the Spanish Premio Nacional de Danza 2005.

New roles in the seasons 2003-05:
Marguerite in Lady of the Camellias (Neumeier), Brahms-Schoenberg Quartett (Balanchine), The second detail (Forsythe), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Cranko), Five Tangos & Black Cake (Hans van Manen), 3rd Pas de deux Agon (Pas de deux), Nikija in La Bayadere, Sophie in The Silver Rose (Graeme Murphy).

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