Marianela Nunez and Alejandro Parente in Kicho, Astor Piazzolla, choreography by Julio López. Shot at Panama Ballet Festival Gala concert, 28.7.2019 in Panama City.
Marianela Núñez (1982, Argentina) is a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, London. She was admitted to the Instituto Superior de Arte of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires where she studied until she was invited to join the corps de ballet of the Company at the age of 14. She was selected to take part in a tour of Argentina as a Soloist with the Ballet Clasico de la Habana, Cuba. In 1997 Maximiliano Guerra chose her as his partner to dance with him in Uruguay, Spain, Italy and at the World Ballet Festival of Japan. She was then invited to tour with the ballet company of Teatro Colón in Europe and the US. In 1997 she joined the graduate course at The Royal Ballet School and at the end of the year danced the leading female roles at the School’s performances. She joined The Royal Ballet at the start of the 1998/99 season, aged 16 and was promoted to first soloist in 2001, and made a principal in September 2002.
Alejandro Parente is former Principal Dancer of Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Alejandro is Marianelas partner in life.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of Panama Ballet Festival, special thanks to Ivan Sepulveda