Melissa Hamilton and Dawid Trzensimiech in the duet from This Bitter Earth, music Dinah Washington and Max Richter, choreography by Christopher Wheeldon. Shot at Dance Open 2019 Gala on 29.4.2019 in Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg.
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 is a first soloist with Polish National Ballet. He was born in Tarnowskie Góry, Poland, trained ay Ludomir Różycki State Ballet School, Bytom, Poland (1998-2006) and Royal Ballet School, London (2006-2008). Joined Royal Ballet, London, from 2008 as Artist, from 2011 First Artist, 2012-2014 Soloist, Ballet of the Romanian National Opera, Bucharest, 2014-2016 as First Soloist, Polish National Ballet, Warsaw, from 2016 as First Soloist.
Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Dance Open ballet festival and Ekaterina Galanova, special thanks to Kristina Proku.