Posted on January 27, 2014
Vadim Muntagirov is leaving English National Ballet to join The Royal Ballet. Muntagirov trained at The Royal Ballet School but joined English National Ballet, where he was promoted very early, and developed an outstanding partnership with ballerina Daria Klimentová. Recently, two Royal Ballet ballerinas had joined ENB: Tamara Rojo, now artistic director of ENB, and Alina Cojocaru.
Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, said: “I was delighted when Vadim approached me about the possibility of joining The Royal Ballet. Since graduating from The Royal Ballet School he has made a huge impact during his career with English National Ballet and I very much look forward to him joining our wonderful roster of male principals.”
Muntagirov said: “This is a very exciting time for me. I have had so many fantastic opportunities with English National Ballet over the past four years and have many great memories to take with me. At this point in my career I feel ready to take on new challenges and felt that The Royal Ballet could offer me that opportunity. To dance some of the great roles in The Royal Ballet’s repertory as well as create new work being made by some of the greatest choreographers is a dream come true.”
On Twitter, Tamara Rojo said: “Sad to lose Vadim but touched by his resignation letter last week stating how happy he has been at ENB and how much he thinks of it at home.” She continued: “Glad ENB public will see Vadim in Manchester
#ENBLeCorsaire sad and sorry that he won’t be dancing his other announced performances.”
His first performance with The Royal Ballet will be on March 25 as Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, partnering Akane Takada, who will be making her debut as Princess Aurora. He will also appear in Christopher Wheeldon’s new ballet The Winter’s Tale.
Picture: Vadim Muntagirov. Photograph: D&DArtProductions