Dancers / People

SOLOMON BERRIO-ALLEN

Solomon Berrio-Allen is from Brighton and of dual heritage, Colombian and Irish. He lived in Brussels where he studied at P.A.R.T.S. before moving to London to attain his Bachelor of Arts from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Born in 1996, his dance training started with B3 (a breakdance crew) based in Brighton, before continuing on to the Trinity Laban Cat Scheme and Shoreditch Youth Dance. During his dance experience he has performed works of choreographers such as Mark Baldwin (Rambert Dance Company), Lea Anderson (Trinity Laban), John Ross (S.Y.D), Maciej Kuzminski (S.Y.D), Raquel Meseguer (Trinity Laban), Jamaal Burkmar and David Zambrano.

Solomon has choreographed theatre works such as You wash my hands which premiered at Salders’ Wells (Lilian Baylis), and Helium which premiered at the Platform Theatre. He has also been commissioned to create the work Body Rites for Channel 4 [Random Acts] directed by Naomi Simone. Solomon is currently on an international tour with Russell Maliphant Company, with the remount of Conceal l Reveal, originally premiered in 2015.

MARLON DINO

Marlon Dino was born in Albania and trained at the School of Choreography and Ballet in Tirana. In 1998 he joined the Geneve Dance Center under the direction of David Allen. In 2001 he danced for the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera. He became a member of the Corps de ballet of the Bayerisches Staatsballett in 2002, where he danced a solo part in Jiři Kylian’s Six Dances. He was promoted to soloist in autumn 2005 and then first soloist at the beginning of the 2007/2008 season. During the 2009/2010 season he became principal dancer.

His classical and contemporary repertoire includes the forth movement of George Balanchines Brahms- Schonberg-Quartett. In season 2004/2005 he debuted as Count Paris and Tybalt in Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet. Furthermore he danced the Gaston in Lady of the Camellias (J. Neumeier), the solo in Hans van Manen’s Five Tangos and Rotbart in Swan Lake (R. Barra). In 2011/12 Marlon danced in Russell Maliphant’s Broken Fall. In April 2016 he received, together with his partner and wife Lucia Lacarra, the “Biloba Award” in Logroño, Spain, as the Best Ballet Couple of the Year. Dino is a guest dancer at Dortmund Ballet and joined Russell Maliphant Company in 2016.

Dana Fouras

DANA FOURAS

Dana Fouras trained as a classical dancer in Australia and at The Royal Ballet School. She won Adeline Genée Silver medals in 1984 & 1985 and Prix de Lausanne medal in 1986. On joining The Royal Ballet in 1988 she created the role of Lead Girl in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Soirée Musical and danced roles such as Juliet in MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet, Solo Swan in Swan Lake, Requiem & My Brother My Sisters and created leading roles with choreographers Page, Bintley & Tuckett.

In 1994 she left the Royal Ballet to pursue a career in independent dance, touring with Irek Mukhamedov, Jonathon Burrows and Russell Maliphant. Works with Russell include the duet Sheer, which won a Time Out Live Award in 2001 and the solo Two. Dana has worked closely with Russell on numerous dance works, film for dance and commercial projects as researcher and collaborative assistant since 1998.

GRACE JABBARI

Grace was born in Reading and trained as a GB level aerobic gymnast before completing dance training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, gaining a First Class degree from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and an MA in contemporary dance from Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

In 2014, on graduation, Grace gained a place as an apprentice for Mark Bruce Company for the UK tour of ‘Dracula’ and has since worked with the company on ‘The Odyssey’ UK tour, playing Calypso.

As a freelance dancer Grace has worked on a number of commercial projects including music videos for Emilie Sande, Jess Glynne and Flux Pavillion (choreography: Alexandra Green). Grace also works closely with award winning choreographer Holly Blakey. Projects include Florence and The Machine live at Hyde Park, Bloc Party music video, Nimmo music video and Selfridges Christmas promo. Grace is an original dancer for Holly Blakey’s piece ‘Some Greater Class’ (music by Gwilym Gold and Darkstar). SGC has been performed at Hales Gallery, the UK Music Video Awards and was recently taken to Berlin to be performed at the Michelberger Music Festival, curated by Bon Iver and The National. Whilst in Berlin they also collaborated with musicians such as Woodkid, Polica and Stargaze.

Grace has worked with Russell Maliphant on the Sagami Original commercial and a recent documentary on Rudolph Nuryev by Rattling Stick Productions. This is Grace’s first season with the company.

JÉRÉMY KOUYOUMDJIAN

Jérémy Kouyoumdjian was born in 1985. He studied at the National Conservatory of Lyon for 4 years in the Contemporary dance section, worked with the repertory of Pina Bausch, Jean Claude Gallotta, Jean-Christophe Maillot and created a piece for the Jeune Ballet de Lyon with the choreographer Cyril Viallon.

After graduating from the school, he joined the GUID of Angelin Preljocaj and worked on projects by Sylvain Groud and Frederic Lescure. His numerous collaborations have enriched his dance career, and he has worked on many projects by David Drouard, François Veyrunes, Ingrid Florin, Tommy Pascal, Paco Decina, Davy Brun and soon Russell Maliphant. He took part in the creation of the company Lamento with choreographer Sylvere Lamotte in 2014.

LUCIA LACARRA

Lucia was born in San Sebastián, Spain. She knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a ballerina but it was only when a studio opened in her small hometown that she was able to begin lessons at the age of ten. She went on to train at Victor Ullate’s school in Madrid and was given a contract to the Ballet de Victor when she was still in her second year. At just fifteen she danced Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante.In 1994 she joined Roland Petit’s Ballets de Marseille as principal and was given the role of Esmeralda in Notre Dame de Paris. Within three years she danced the leading roles in seven ballets by Roland Petit, four of which were created on her, most notably Angélique in Le Guépard. In her pursuit of classicism she then decided to join the San Francisco Ballet.

In 2002, Lacarra moved to Munich where she became a principal with the Bayerisches Staatsballett. Notable roles include: Princess Natalia in Illusions – Like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier, 2010/11), Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko, 2011/12), Princess Odette in Illusions – Like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier, 2010/11), Dulcinea in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition) and Broken Fall (R. Maliphant, 2012/13), amongst many others. In April 2016 she received, together with her partner and husband Marlon Dino, the “Biloba Award” in Logroño, Spain, as the Best Ballet Couple of the Year. Lacarra is a guest dancer at Dortmund Ballet and joined Russell Maliphant Company in 2016.

LENNIE

Originally from Manchester, Lennie began his dance training at Ashton Sixth Form College, Tameside, before moving to London to train at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. There he danced in works by Robert North and Mark Baldwin before joining BalletBoyz as an apprentice dancer on their 2013 UK Tour, dancing in ‘Serpent’ choreographed by Liam Scarlet.

As a freelance artist Lennie has performed with BalletBoyz in the award-winning piece Fallen by Russell Maliphant (2014), untitled (Skincare, Future Panda) by Andrew Hardwidge (2014), Lauda Adrianna by Stephen Pelton (2015), and Triple Threat (2016) by Lucy McCormick. He has also appeared in the music videos of Jack Savoretti, Laurie Belgrave and Is Tropical.

Lennie is currently co-artistic director of dance theatre company PanicLab alongside director and choreographer Joseph Mercier. Since 2013 they have created and performed together in The Rite of Spring, Of Saints and GoGo Boys, R.I.O.T., Dark Waters, Theseus Beefcake and The Fox and The Hound.

ERIK MURZAGALIYEV

Erik Murzagaliyev was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He started training at the State Ballet School of Almaty. He was a trainee at the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet Almaty in the season 2007/08. During 2009-2010 he was a member of the Cinevox Junior Company. In the season 2010/2011 he danced as a Trainee with the Bavarian State Ballet and was promoted to demi-soloist during the season 2014/2015.
Debut 2011/2012
Broken Fall (R. Maliphant)
Debut 2012/2013
BIPED (M. Cunningham)
Debut 2013/2014
Paris in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Spiral Pass (R. Maliphant)
Debut 2014/2015
Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (J. Neumeier)
Lucien in Paquita (M. Petipa/A. Ratmansky)

YU-HSIEN WU

Yu-Hsien was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and graduated from the Taipei National University of the Arts in 2012. At the same year, joined in Taipei Dance Forum (2012-2014) where she works with Marina Mascarell, Ming-Lung Yang, and Mathias Woo. She also danced in works by Hwai-Min Lin Legacy, Trisha Brown Solo Olos, Martha Graham Steps in the street. She choreographed the piece Childhood and Cross, which won the awards from Chin-Lin Foundation Dance Alliance and 2011 Next Choreography Project. Conceal | Reveal is her first project in the UK and with Russell Maliphant Company.