HARRISONPARROTTISDELIGHTEDTOLAUNCHITSNEWDANCE Division on International Dance Day
On International Dance Day, HarrisonParrott is delighted to launch its new Dance Division, a management service for creative artists: dancers, choreographers and ballet conductors. Working within our Creative Partnerships department, which has a rich history of representing and touring dance productions and companies, we are in a unique position to be able to provide bespoke and wide-ranging opportunities to our clients.
Our dedicated team of management experts are committed to offering a 360° approach to artists’ careers, providing individual support and genre-specific expertise. Clients will have access to the extensive HarrisonParrott network to bring new opportunities and partnerships.
Jasper Parrott Co-Founder and Chief Executive of HarrisonParrott commented: “For me music and dance are inextricably entwined. The launch of our new dance division therefore fills an area of our aspirations which can now be enriched and which further enhances our engagement with the idea that performance art needs no barriers in our offerings to presenters and to audiences around the world.”
Rafi Gokay Wol, Director & Head of Creative Partnerships & Tours said: “Having collaborated with and been inspired by working with the world’s leading dance companies and choreographers over the last decades, this division further consolidates our commitment and passion for dance. The launch of this division is the realisation of a long-term ambition and we look forward to working with artists and partners across the field”
Henry St Clair, Senior Manager, Dance Division: “I am excited to be able to provide a long-awaited service to individuals within the industry that I love. We will offer clients the space within their lives to thrive, either as members of some of the greatest ballet companies in the world or as freelance creative artists.”
We are thrilled to introduce our first exceptional artists:
Yonah Acosta was born in Cuba and started dancing when he was 10. Following his training at the National Ballet School, he first joined Ballet Nacional de Cuba and then transferred to English National Ballet in 2011. In 2012, he won both the Emerging Dancer Competition and the People’s Choice Award. He is currently a principal dancer at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich.
William Bracewell is a First Soloist at The Royal Ballet. Awards while a student at The Royal Ballet School include the 2007 Young British Dancer of the Year Award and the grand prix at the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2010, promoted to First Artist in 2012 and to Soloist in 2014. He joined The Royal Ballet in 2017 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2018.
His role creations for BRB included Le roi soleil (Bintley’s The King Dances), Alexander Whitley’s Kin and Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces. He has created roles for The Royal Ballet in Yugen and Corybantic Games.
Reece Clarke is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School, and awards while at the School included the Young British Dancer of the Year in 2012, the Lynn Seymour Competition in 2013 and an award from the Ballet Association. Reece graduated into the Company during the 2013/14 Season and was promoted to First Artist in 2016, Soloist in 2017 and First Soloist in 2020. Awards since joining the Company have included the Emerging Artist Award at the 2016 National Dance Awards.
Nikisha Fogo is one of the ballet world’s most striking dancers, she is an accomplished classical principal ballerina with San Francisco Ballet Company who is equally comfortable taking on the most challenging roles of modern dance.
Promoted to étoile at the Paris Opéra Ballet at just 24 years old, Dorothée Gilbert has gone on to dance all of the major classical roles within the female ballet repertoire. As a dancer, Dorothée has unrivalled technique and dramatic quality.
While a member of Paris Opéra Ballet Dorothée has appeared on the world’s greatest stages and has formed partnerships with some of the most celebrated male dancers of her generation including Manuel Legris, Hugo Marchand and Nicholas Le Riche.
“an exemplary ballet conductor who gets the best from the musicians without overriding the needs of the stage production and the dancers” Dance Europe
Hong Kong-born Briton Jonathan Lo is Music Director of Northern Ballet, Staff Conductor for the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Principal Conductor of the New Bristol Sinfonia. He was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra from 2015 – 2019. Jonathan was a Jette Parker Young Artist Programme member at the Royal Opera House and a conducting fellow with Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Kristen McNally is a Principal Character Artist and Choreographer at The Royal Ballet.
Kristen regularly choreographs for Draft Works, with works such as Yes we did, Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game and Checkpoint 19. Further choreography at the Royal Opera House includes ‘Chance to Dance’, The Royal Ballet School and Metheus for BalletBoyz the TALENT in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
Principal ballerina with Staatsballet Berlin, Ksenia Ovsyanick danced her first major role at just 20 years of age at English National Ballet, a performance which gained her a nomination for the Emerging Dancer Award at ENB.
She has gone on to dance most roles within the female classical repertoire as well as a number of contemporary roles, often original work created on her. Including the title role of Firebird for the world premiere of Firebird by George Williamson in 2012, which brought her the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for outstanding performance.
British born Principal ballerina Laurretta Summerscales dances with Staatsoper Ballet, Munich with her husband, Yonah Acosta.
Laurretta joined English National Ballet at just 18 years old and was quickly performing principal roles including new creations with world-renowned choreographers. In just three years she had been promoted to principal and she has since gone on to dance most of the major female roles within classical repertoire.
Ináki Urlezaga’s career started in Argentina as a principal ballet dancer before he was invited to join The Royal Ballet as a principal followed by Dutch National Ballet. During his dancing career, Ináki danced every major male principal role, winning great acclaim, particularly in the dramatic roles created by Kenneth MacMillan for The Royal Ballet.
Ináki’s choreographic journey started in 2003 with his company, Ballet Concert where he created his own versions of Nutcracker, La Traviata, Romeo and Juliet, Sylvia and Chopin’s Tales.