Momoko Hirata

Principal

Born: Gunma, Japan

Trained: Reiko Yamamoto Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School

Joined: 2003; Principal, 2013

Awards: Prix de Lausanne winner, 2001; Critics Circle National Dance Awards 2021, nomination for Outstanding Female Classical Performance for the title role in Giselle.

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); Miyako Yoshida's farewell performance (Pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan's Anastasia); Guest with NBA Ballet, Japan, (Swan Lake and Dracula)

Favourite costume: Any costume designed by John Macfarlane.

REPERTORY INCLUDES

Frederick Ashton: Enigma Variations (Dorabella), 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 (Belle), 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 (Title role)
Jessica Lang: Lyric Pieces, Wink
Kenneth MacMillan: Elite Syncopations and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet)
Goyo Montero: Chacona
Vicente Nebrada: Our Waltzes (Red couple)
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