The Company Index
Born in Southampton, Laura Purkiss trained at Parkewood School of Dance and the Royal Ballet School. She joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1999; promoted to First Artist, 2004. She has one daughter, Daisy, who was born in 2012
Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée (Lise's Friends), The Dream (Moth)
George Balanchine: Apollo (Calliope), Agon (pas de trois).
David Bintley: Arthur (Elaine, Margause), Beauty and the Beast (VanitéFière, Vixen), Hobson's Choice (Vickey Hobson, Salvation Army), The Nutcracker Sweeties (Buttons), The Seasons ('Winter'), The Shakespeare Suite (Titania), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Great Auk), Sylvia (Apollo) Allegri diversi, Les Petits Riens, Sylvia (Apollo), Carmina burana (Pony Tails), The Orpheus Suite ('Moisterisers'), Take Five and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle. She created the role of Sister Marthe in David Bintley's Cyrano.
John Cranko: Pineapple Poll (Blanche)
Kenneth MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet's Friends) and Elite Syncopations ('Golden Hours')
Rudolph Nureyev: Raymonda Act III
Marius Petipa: Paquita
Garry Stewart: The Centre and its Opposite
Twyla Tharp: Night Sinatra Songs ('Forget Domani')
Peter Wright's productions of Coppélia ('Betrothal'), The Nutcracker (Clara, Columbine), The Sleeping Beauty (Fairy of Song, pas de quatre), and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Cygnets, Italian Princess, Neapolitan Dance)
Last updated March 2012.
Laura Purkiss; photo: Andrew Ross