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Daria Klimentová announces farewell performance

Posted on February 3, 2014

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daria-vadim-patrick-baldwinEnglish National Ballet’s Daria Klimentová will retire this season, after 18 years with the company. Her farewell performance will be as Juliet, partnered by Vadim Muntagirov.

Born in Prague, Klimentová danced with the National Theatre Ballet Company there, with South Africa’s CAPAB company and with Scottish Ballet before joining English National Ballet as a principal in 1996. Her autobiography Agony and Ecstasy: My Life in Dance, written with Graham Watts, was published in March 2013. She has a daughter, Sabina.

Klimentová, who won the 2011 National Dance Award for Best Female Dancer, has formed a much-admired partnership with Muntagirov, who has announced his own departure from English National Ballet, to dance with The Royal Ballet. He will return to ENB to partner Klimentová for her final performances, on June 14, 19 and 22 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Her last performance is the day before her 43rd birthday.

She said: “It’s a very sad moment for me but at the same time very exciting. I have worked with incredible people, who I will always remember. I have given my ballet life to English National Ballet, with all the ups and downs. I will especially miss dancing with Vadim, I was waiting for him for 20 years but it was worth it, he took me to a different world. I am now ready to move on and help all the talented dancers, just like I’ve been helped throughout my long career.”

Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet’s artistic director, said: “Daria brings her own special magic to everything she does. I wish Daria success and happiness in her future and I will miss her as a wonderful artist.”

Tickets for Romeo and Juliet are now on sale


 Picture: Daria Klimentová with Vadim Muntagirov in Romeo and Juliet. Photograph: Patrick Baldwin


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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