Gary Avis

Gary Avis and Sarah Lamb in Polyphonia. © Johan Persson

The Critics Circle

Introducing nominees for the NDA 2011

Award for Outstanding Male Performance (Classical)

Debra Craine and Graham Watts

Published: 22/01/2012

Award for Outstanding Male Performance (Classical)

Yonah Acosta

Yonah was born in Havana and trained at the Cuban National Ballet School, following in the footsteps of his uncle, Carlos Acosta. He danced with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba before joining English National Ballet in 2011, where he is now a junior soloist. He quickly came to attention dancing the Young Man in Le Jeune homme et la mort at the London Coliseum in July in a tribute programme to Roland Petit.

Gary Avis

Born in Ipswich, Gary trained at the Royal Ballet Upper School. He joined the Royal Ballet in 1989 and became a soloist in 1995. He left in 1999 to co-found Tetsuya Kumakawa’s new company in Japan. In 2002 he joined English National Ballet as a first soloist and later rejoined the Royal Ballet in 2004. He is now a principal character artist, but unusually for someone in that position he
continues to perform a wide range of dancing roles.

Tobias Batley

Toby was born in Manchester and trained at the Royal Ballet School. He joined Northern Ballet in 2004 where he is a first soloist. He created the role of Horatio in David Nixon’s Hamlet and Charles Darnay in Cathy Marston’s A Tale of Two Cities. In 2011 he created the role of Mark Antony in David Nixon’s new full-length ballet Cleopatra, which toured throughout the UK.

Esteban Berlanga

Esteban was born in Spain and trained in Madrid. He joined English National Ballet in 2006 and was made a soloist in 2009. He has danced Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle and Des Grieux in MacMillan’s Manon, and created the leading role in David Dawson’s Faun(e).  In the summer of 2011 he was praised for his performance as the male lead in Roland Petit’s L’Arlesienne.




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