Momoko Hirata


Born: Gunma, Japan

Trained: Reiko Yamamoto Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School

Joined: 2003; Principal, 2013

Awards: Prix de Lausanne winner, 2001.

Other companies: Barcelona Ballet (2011–13). 

Created roles: ‘Spring’ in David Bintley’s Cinderella.

Guest performances: Nina Ananiashvili’s 30 Years on Stage gala (Tchaikovsky pas de deux); NHK Gala, Tokyo (pas de deux from The Nutcracker).

Favourite costume: Any costume designed by John Macfarlane.


Frederick Ashton: Enigma Variations (Dorabella,Lady Elgar), Dante Sonata, La Fille mal gardée (Lise), Scènes de ballet, The Two Pigeons
George Balanchine: Apollo (Polyhymnia), Agon, Serenade (lead role), Western Symphony, Theme and Variations (lead role)
David Bintley: Aladdin (Princess Badr al-Budur), The Prince of the Pagodas (Princess Belle Sakura), Cinderella (Title role, 'Spring'), Sylvia (title role), Carmina burana (Lover Girl), Hobson's Choice (Salvation Army), The Nutcracker Sweeties (Candy Kane), The Seasons ('Spring', 'Winter'), The Shakespeare Suite (Titania), Beauty and the Beast (Wild Girl), Sylvia (title role), E=mc² ('Celeritas²), Allegri diversi, Les Petits Riens, The Sons of Horus and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle ('Harvest pas de deux')
Kim Brandstrup: Pulcinella
Oliver Hindle: The Four Seasons ('Spring', 'Winter')
Kit Holder: Quatrain
Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer's reconstruction of The Rite of Spring ('Old Woman')
Jessica Lang: Lyric Pieces
Kenneth MacMillan: Elite Syncopations and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet)
Marius Petipa: Paquita (lead role)
Garry Stewart: The Centre and Its Opposite
Twyla Tharp: In the Upper Room and Nine Sinatra Songs ('Softly', 'Forget Domani')
Christopher Wheeldon: DGV, Polyphonia
Peter Wright's productions of The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, Rose Fairy), The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora, Enchanted Princess, Fairy of Temperament) and Coppélia (Swanilda), and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Odette/Odile)

Header image: Clothing (except for tutu) generously supplied by UK dancewear specialists Dans-ez