Principal dancer Rupert Pennefather to leave Royal Ballet after 16 years
Royal Ballet principal dancer Rupert Pennefather is to leave the company after 16 years.
During his time at the Royal Ballet, Pennefather, who became a principal in 2008, has partnered dancers including Sylvie Guillem, Marianela Nunez and Darcey Bussell.
Pennefather said: “I am so grateful for my time with the Royal Ballet. I will always treasure having danced with so any wonderful partners in such incredible productions. I feel it’s time to see what other opportunities the future holds.”
Replacement casting for his scheduled performances in 2015/16 season will be announced shortly.
Royal Ballet director Kevin O’Hare said Pennefather had excelled in works by choreographers including Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan.
He added: “Rupert has been a wonderful dancer with the Royal Ballet. We wish him every future success.”
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