Birmingham Royal Ballet Announces Promotions, Joining and Departing Company Members for 2022

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Carlos Acosta, Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, has today announced promotions within the Company and new joiners for the 2022/23 season saying: ‘As we approach the end of the season, I want to take this opportunity to say that I am so proud of the entire company. Everyone has worked so hard to make sure that everything we do is of the highest quality possible. It feels like the past 6 months mark a return to normality and to a place where we can continue to realise our ambitions after so many setbacks. As we move forward I am so happy to announce our supremely well-deserved promotions; excited to welcome our new joiners and grateful to those who are moving on to pastures new. Here’s to a bright future.


The following dancers join the Company:

  • Riku Itu joins the company from Northern Ballet as Soloist
  • Jack Easton, graduate of The Royal Ballet School, joins as an Artist
  • Frieda Kaden, graduate of The Royal Ballet School, joins as an Artist
  • Mailene Katoch, graduate of Paris Opera Ballet School, joins as an Artist
  • Oscar Kempsey-Fagg, graduate of The Royal Ballet School, joins as an Artist
  • Mason King, graduate of The Royal Ballet School, joins as an Artist
  • Madison Penney, graduate of The Royal Ballet School, joins as an Artist
  • Congratulations to Hannah Martin, who, after a year as an Apprentice with BRB, joins as an Artist

We also welcome Olivia Chang-Clarke from Elmhurst Ballet School, who joins as Apprentice for the 2022/23 season.

We also pay tribute to the following dancers who are leaving the Company

Anna Ciriano - Artist: Anna joined BRB in 2021 after having danced with Orlando Ballet and English National Ballet. She trained at English National Ballet School. While dancing with BRB Anna demonstrated her beautiful artistry in several corps de ballet roles. She was a valuable member of the cast of Don Quixote for that long run of performances and always showed a willingness to help the company in any way that she could. Anna also showed off her talent and versatility during the Don Quixote tour by performing the lecture demonstration section of First Steps Cinderella’s Storybook.

Josue Gomez Sarria - Artist: Josue joined BRB in 2021 after having trained at Elmhurst Ballet School. Josue proved himself to be a very talented dancer with great potential during his time with BRB. Josue danced the Seguidilla as well as many performances of Rascals in Don Quixote and always brought energy and commitment to each role that he was given.

Alexander Yap - Artist: Alex joined BRB in 2018 after having been a member of Northern Ballet from 2015. He trained at Royal Ballet School. During his time as a member of BRB Alex has excelled in many roles. He appeared as Honneur in Sir David Bintley’s The King Dances, Hilarion in Sir Peter Wright’s Giselle and most recently was fantastic as Espada in Don Quixote. During The Nutcracker he broadened his artistic experience by taking on the role of Drosselmeyer. With his impressive set of skills and exceptional work ethic, he has a very exciting career to look forward to. Alex is joining Hong Kong Ballet as a Soloist.