27 October 2010
SPOTLIGHT on Leanne Benjamin and Edward Watson
Leanne Benjamin - Principal, The Royal Ballet
Born in Australia, Leanne trained at The Royal Ballet School and won the Adeline Genée Gold Medal and Prix de Lausanne. She joined the Company in 1992, promoted to Principal, 1993. She has also been a Principal with SWRB, ENB and Deutsche Oper Ballet. Her repertory includes Odette/Odile, Giselle, Sugar Plum Fairy, Aurora, Nikiya, Kitri, Swanilda, Firebird, Cinderella, Lise, Titania, Manon, Anastasia, Juliet, Mary Vetsera, Irina, Girl (The Invitation), Judas Tree, Song of the Earth, Gloria, Requiem, Rhapsody, Les Biches, Apollo, Etudes, Carmen, Herman Schmerman, ‘Emeralds' (Jewels), Rushes - Fragments of a Lost Story, Dances at a Gathering, L'Invitation au voyage, Voluntaries, Sphinx and Different Drummer. She created ‘Earth' in Homage to The Queen and roles in Metamorphosis, Mr Worldly Wise, Page's Two-Part Invention, Masquerade, Qualia, Infra, Tanglewood, Children of Adam and Sensorium, Electric Counterpoint, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and Symphony in C. She was awarded an OBE in 2005.
Edward Watson - Principal, The Royal Ballet
Born in Bromley and trained at The Royal Ballet School, Edward joined the Company in1994 and was promoted to Principal, 2005. His repertory includes Romeo, Albrecht, Palemon, Crown Prince Rudolf, Des Grieux, Oberon, Daphnis, Ivan Tsvarevich, Brighella, Arthur Troyte-Griffith, Brother (My Brother, My Sisters), Boy with Matted Hair (Shadowplay), Teacher (The Lesson), Woyzeck (Different Drummer), Anubis (Sphinx), Gloria, The Judas Tree, Anastasia, Images of Love, Symphonic Variations, Symphony in C, Four Temperaments, Agon, Stravinsky, Violin Concerto, Afternoon of a Faun, Polyphonia, L'Invitation au voyage, Dances at a Gathering, and ‘Emeralds' (Jewels). He created roles in Two-Part Intervention, Cheating, Lying, Stealing, Sawdust and Tinsel, Hidden Variables, A Stranger's Taste, Symbiont(s), This House Will Burn, Tryst, Qualia, Castle Nowhere, Chroma, DGV: Danse á grande vitesse, The Seven Deadly Sins, Electric Counterpoint, Infra and Acis and Galatea (Royal Opera).