Laura Purkiss

Soloist

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; Soloist 2012. She has two daughters, Daisy and Nancy.

REPERTORY INCLUDES
Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée (Lise's Friends), The Dream (Moth), The Dream (Helena), Façade (Polka girl)
George Balanchine: Apollo (Calliope), Agon (pas de trois) and Serenade.
David Bintley: Arthur (Elaine, Margause), Beauty and the Beast (Vanité, Fière, 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, Four Scottish DancesDavid Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle.
John Cranko: Pineapple Poll (Blanche), The Taming of the Shrew (Pas de six)
Joe Layton: The Grand Tour (Mary Pickford)
Kenneth MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet's Friends), Elite Syncopations ('Golden Hours'), Solitaire
Rudolph Nureyev: Raymonda Act III
Marius Petipa: Paquita
Garry Stewart: The Centre and its Opposite
Twyla Tharp: Night Sinatra Songs ('Forget Domani'), In the Upper Room
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, Courtesan, Italian Princess, 'Neapolitan Dance' Pas de quatre)

CREATED ROLES
David Bintley: Cyrano (Sister Marthe)