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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 the Cecchetti Society, Ace Dance and Music,
Kate Simmons Dance Ltd and Elmhurst School for Dance as well as regularly coaching young dancers. In 2012/13 Jonathan was
mentored by Nelson Fernandez OBE as part of Dance UK's 'Dancers Mentoring Scheme'. 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
George Balanchine: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Morosine), Western Symphony, Prodigal Son.
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 Domo), Aladdin (Sultan) and Tombeaux.
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 Rothbart).
Jonathan has contributed to Birmingham Royal Ballet's choreographic projects: Mozart in C Minor, Pictures at an
Exhibition, Into the Ferment, Carnival of the Animals and Divorced, Beheaded, Died,
Divorced, Beheaded, Survived - telling the story of Henry VIII in less than five minutes. Other commissions include
Five Enrico Variations (Linbury Studio, ROH), Phoebus Arise, Concertino and Blue Rondo and Iken
(NYB), Vivo Vivaldi (RBS Summer School), Cestus, Hummel Variations, Strathspey and Reel (Elmhurst
School for Dance).
1991: Kerrison Cooke Bursary at the Paul Clarke Award
1993: Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition (3rd prize)
Last updated October 2013.
Jonathan Payn; photo; Andrew Ross