Melissa Hamilton and Dawid Trzensimiech in Asphodel Meadows. Music by Francis Poulenc, choreography by Liam Scarlett. Dance Open 2017 Gala, shot 24.4.2017 in the Alexandrinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia.
Melissa Hamilton is a First Soloist with The Royal Ballet (London, UK). She has born in Northern Ireland, Belfast. She began dancing aged four and trained at the Jennifer Bullick School of Ballet. During a summer school in Aberdeen aged 13 she decided to pursue ballet professionally. Aged 16 she trained at the Elmhurst School of Dance, Birmingham, for a year and then privately with Masha Mukhamedov in Athens. She won the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix and that year entered The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company in 2007 as an Artist and was promoted to First Artist in 2009, Soloist in 2010 and First Soloist in 2013.
Dawid Trzensimiech (born in Poland) is a principal of National Romanian Ballet and a former Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company in 2008 as an Artist, promoted to First Artist in 2011 and Soloist in 2012. He left the Company in February 2014. Trzensimiech studied at The National Ballet School in Bytom and The Royal Ballet School, graduating into the Company. Trzensimiech’s many awards include first prizes at the Gdansk National Dance Competition in both 2003 and 2005 and at the International Dance Competition in Rieti. He was a finalist in the 2006 Prix de Lausanne and a medallist at the First International Ballet and Choreography Competition in Beijing (2011).
Liam Scarlett (born 1985/86) is The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, a British choreographer, who works mainly with The Royal Ballet, but who has also choreographed new works for many other ballet companies. Scarlett was born in Ipswich. He trained at the Linda Shipton School of Dancing, followed by The Royal Ballet Lower School, which he entered at the age of eight and then the The Royal Ballet Upper School. His first work for the main stage at Covent Garden was Asphodel Meadows in 2010. It was a work for 20 dancers set to Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos. In 2008 the work was commissioned by the Royal Ballet’s then director, Monica Mason, who was eager to develop his choreographic abilities. Scarlett is the youngest choreographer to have a full-length ballet commissioned by the Royal Ballet. In November 2012, aged 26, Scarlett gave up his dancing career as a First Artist with The Royal Ballet, to become their first Artist in Residence.
Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Dance Open, special thanks to Ekaterina Galanova and Kristina Proku.