MEET THE ARTISTS

We combine world class artists with breathtaking settings and cultural unpretentiousness

 

 
 

STEVEN MCRAE

The Royal Ballet, London
Steven McRae joined The Royal Ballet of London in 2003, same year as he won the famous ballet award ’Prix de Lausanne’. Ever since he was named principal dancer in the company, he has positioned himself strongly with ballets like Napoli, La Sylphide, Manon and Mayerling. Besides ballet, Steven McRae is also a remarkable modern dancer, which many choreographs has acknowledged by creating steps specially for him. He has been with Verdensballetten since 2009 and is now our creative director in the company of Jens-Christian Wandt.

 

 
 

FEDERICO BONELLI

The Royal Ballet, London
Federico Bonelli is originally from Italy and has been a first principal dancer at The Royal Ballet of London since 2003. Famous awards like Lausanne, Havana and Positano has acknowledged his talent awarding him many times. In the ballet world you know him as the ‘danseur noble’.

 

 
 

ROBERTA MARQUEZ

The Royal Ballet, London
Following several years as principal dancer with the Municipal Theatre Ballet in Rio de Janeiro, Roberta joined The Royal Ballet of London in 2004, also as a principle ballerina. For a long time, she has been considered this generation’s leading Latin American ballerina and has distinguished herself with prominence in the classical repertoire. Roberta Marquez retired from The Royal London of Ballet in 2016 and maybe see her for the sixth time in Verdensballetten 2017.

 

 
 

IANA SALENKO

Staatsballett, Berlin
Iana Salenko is from Ukraine and has been with Staatsballett Berlin since 2005, while also being a regular guest principal at The Royal Ballet of London. She has been the main ballerina in famous ballets like The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, and Don Quixote. When guest staring worldwide Iana Salenko has performed in theatres like Bolshoi Ballet in Russia, La Scala in Milan and Bayrische Staatsballet in Munich.

 

 
 

MARCELINO SAMBÉ

The Royal Ballet, London
Marcelino is one of the younger dancers in The Royal Ballet of London. After years of training at the National Conservatory of London and The Royal Ballet Upper School he joined the company in 2013. Kim Brandstrup, a Danish choreographer, created a role for him in the ballet, Ceremony of Innocence and danced parts like Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Onegin and The Nut Cracker.

 

 
 

MARIAN WALTER

Staatsballett, Berlin
Being from Germany, Marian Walter is educated from Staatsballett in Berlin. First he became part of the company Bayrische Staatsballett in Munich, but from 2002 he was back in Staatballett Berlin, where he became a principal dancer in 2005. Marian Walter has danced a number of great parts both classical and modern repertoire. As guest artist he performed in festivals based in Europe and Japan.

 

 
 

LAUREN CUTHBERTSON

The Royal Ballet, London
Lauren Cuthbertson always had a close relationship with The Royal Ballet of London. She was educated here and in 2003 she became a regular ballerina in the company. In 2008 she made it as principal. Lauren Cuthbertson performed in many of the world’s biggest ballet stages, but especially with The Royal Ballet of London she is known for her roles as Julie, Manon, Giselle and Aurora. She received a number of awards through the years and is also very involved in the ballet environment being the Protector of The National Youth Ballet and London Children’s Ballet.

 

 
 

WALENTIN & MCKENZIE

Violinist & Pianist, Denmark
The Danish violinist Niklas Walentin and the Danish/Australian pianist Alexander McKenzie have known each other since they started playing in the piano trio of Trio Vitruvi in 2013. On the side they have also formed the renowned duo Walentin & McKenzie and they have already performed worldwide in venues like The Concert Hall of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Carnegie Hall in New York and Salle Cortot in Paris with their signature program “Around the World”.

Both musicians have despite their young age already won several prestigious awards and they have played the professional music scene since childhood. This year will be the first with Verdensballetten for Walentin & McKenzie.

 

 
 

JENS-CHRISTIAN WANDT

Opera singer, Denmark
Jens-Christian Wandt has been an influential part of the Danish classical music life since 1994. He has released several CD’s and co-hosted a children’s television program about opera. He has sung with all the Danish symphony orchestras and also received numerous awards along the way, including one from The Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik Foundation. Jens-Christian Wandt is the founder of Verdensballetten and also our host on stage.

In 2001, he was awarded the Queen Ingrid Commemorative Medal, and in 2012, was distinguished with the Frederikshavn Municipality Award for his work with The World Ballet.

 

 
 

SUSANNE ELMARK

Opera singer, Denmark
Soprano Susanne Elmark was educated at The Royal Danish Conservatoire of Music by Thaarup & Eken. In the spring of 2017 she celebrated her 25year anniversary of performing on stage, after her theatre debut in 1992 at Østre Gasværk Theater. Through the years Susanne Elmark has had great national as well as international succes, and she has performed at a series of the best opera- and concert halls worldwide in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Paris and Tokyo. 2017 will be her debut with Verdensballetten.