Internationally acclaimed Cuban dancer Javier Torres has joined Leeds-based Northern Ballet as a Premier Dancer. Javier previously spent nine years dancing with Ballet National de Cuba. His debut performance with the Company will be as Anthony in David Nixon’s Swan Lake at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford from 29 September – 2 October, before going on tour with the Company to Woking, Aylesbury, Nottingham, Norwich, Sheffield, Manchester and completing the Autumn/Winter 2010 tour in Leeds.
The premiere dancer’s repertoire includes leading roles in Giselle, La Fille mal Gardée, Coppélia, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Swan Lake as well as works by contemporary Cuban and foreign choreographers including Gottschalk Symphony, Shakespeare and his masks of Romeo and Juliet , Canto Vital, Bahkti and La Arlesiana. He has also been a guest artist with Carlos Acosta and his friends (London, 2007) and the Teresa Carreño Theatre Gala, Venezuela, (2008 – 2010).
Javier was awarded the Cuban Artists and Writers Union’s Villanueva Prize for his performance in the ballet Agon in 2002.In 2006 he received mention in the Honor Book of the Havana Grand Theatre for his performance with Carla Fracci in the ballet Desnuda Luz de Amor (Naked Light of Love) and in 2009 for his performance in the role of Prince Desiré in Sleeping Beauty.
Javier joins Northern Ballet at a landmark period in the Company’s history with the move to exciting new headquarters in Leeds City Centre just around the corner, “I’m thrilled to have joined the Company and to be dancing here in the UK. I’ve always wanted to dance here and this is a fantastic Company to be part of. I’m really looking forward to being on tour and dancing lots of different and new roles. I’m especially looking forward to dancing in Cleopatra; it’s really exciting to be working with David on a brand new ballet. “