Viviana Durante

(b. 1967)

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(b Rome, 8 May 1967)

Italian dancer. She studied in Italy then at the Royal Ballet School, London, graduating into the company in 1984, where she was promoted principal in 1989. A dancer of classical elegance and polish, she came to prominence in 1987 when she replaced an injured Odette mid-performance, having never actually learnt the role. The rest of the standard classical ballerina roles quickly followed, and she grew rapidly in authority, although she was sometimes criticized for the coolness of her interpretations. It was dancing in the MacMillan repertoire, particularly Manon (1991, with Mukhamedov) that broke through her reserve, revealing a powerful acting talent. She went on to create the role of Irina in MacMillan's Winter Dreams (1991), the only female role in his Judas Tree (1992), and to dance the title role in the revival of his full-length Anastasia (1996). She has also created roles in ballets by Bintley, including Cyrano (1991), and Page, including Now langorous, now wild…(1996). From 1996 she worked with the Royal as a guest artist, also appearing with American Ballet Theatre, K Ballet, and Ballet Boyz. In 2008 she appeared as The Ballerina in Tony Harrison's play Fram (London).

Subjects: Dance.

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