The Company Index
Born in Ipswich, Jonathan Payn was trained by his mother, Janet Kinson, before joining the Royal
Ballet School. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1993; Soloist, 2000; First Soloist 2006. He
leads workshops for Birmingham Royal Ballet's Department for Learning, is an Associate of the
ISTD (Cecchetti Society Faculty), has an MA in Applied Dance in Education and the Community and teaches for
Ace Dance and Music and Elmhurst School for Dance. He acted as Company Manager for the North-East leg of
the Company's 2007 and 2008 split tours, and represented Chi Cao prior to the filming of Mao's Last
Dancer. In the summer of 2011 Jonathan taught on the Cecchetti Classical Summer School and coached for
the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition.
Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée (Widow Simone, Thomas), The Dream
(Demetrius), Enigma Variations (Elgar, Jaeger), Dante Sonata (Child of Light), Birthday
Offering, Scéne de Ballet.
George Balanchine: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Morosine), Western Symphony,Prodigal
David Bintley: Arthur (Merlin), Beauty and the Beast (Monsieur
Cochon, Woodsman),Edward II (Despenser, Duke of Hainault), Cyrano (De Guiche,
Montfleury), Far from the Madding Crowd (Boldwood), Hobson's Choice (Henry Hobson, Albert
Prosser), The Nutcracker Sweeties (lead Floreador), The Shakespeare Suite (Macbeth,
Richard III), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Rainforest Man), Cinderella (Major
John Cranko: Brouillards (Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq.).
Mikhail Fokine: The Firebird (Kostcheï) and Petrushka (Showman).
Oliver Hindle: Libramenta
Joe Layton: The Grand Tour (George Bernard Shaw and Gertrude Stein)
Kenneth MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt, Lord Capulet), Elite Syncopations.
Twyla Tharp: In the Upper Room
Ninette de Valois: Checkmate (Red King), The Prospect Before Us (Lawyer).
Peter Wright's productions of Coppélia (Dr Coppélius), The
Nutcracker (Drosselmeyer) and The Sleeping Beauty (King Florestan XXVI)
and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (von
Into the Ferment (Birmingham Royal Ballet), Five Enrico Variations (Linbury Studio, ROH),
Phoebus Arise, Concertino, Blue Rondo and Iken (NYB), Vivo Vivaldi (RBS Summer
School), Cestus, Hummel Variations, Strathspey and Reel (Elmhurst School for Dance). He
re-staged Iken for the National Youth Ballet in 2012.
1991: Kerrison Cooke Bursary at the Paul Clarke Award
1993: Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition (3rd prize)
Last updated September 2012.
Jonathan Payn; photo; Andrew Ross