Jonathan Cope

(b. 1962)

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(b Crediton, 20 Dec. 1962)

British dancer. He trained at the Royal Ballet School and joined the Covent Garden company in 1982, where he was promoted to soloist in 1985, and principal in 1986. Although briefly abandoning the stage for personal reasons, he was otherwise one of the Royal's most impressive male dancers. Tall and classically good-looking, with a finely proportioned physique, he was a natural danseur noble and frequently cast as Siegfried, Solor, Albrecht, and Florimund. He was partner to Darcey Bussell and Sylvie Guillem with whom he was especially acclaimed in Manon, Romeo and Juliet, and A Month in the Country. He created roles in many ballets including MacMillan's Different Drummer and Prince of the Pagodas; Bintley's Galanteries; Page's A Broken Set of Rules and Fearful Symmetries; and Wheeldon's Tryst. After retiring from the stage in 2004 he became a ballet master with the Royal.

Subjects: Dance.

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