Photo credits :
Mara Galeazzi (selfie)
Mara in Manon with Ed Watson
This will be an in-person event with dance writer Graham Watts leading the conversation with Mara. Mara will be in London for a dance project which she will no doubt tell us all about, in addition to moments from her long and highly successful career.
CIVIL SERVICE CLUB, 13/15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ
Italian dancer Mara Galeazzi, a former Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, returned to the Company as a Guest Principal in 2014/15 and in 2016/17.
She joined The Royal Ballet in 1992 aged 18, was promoted to Principal in 2003, retiring at the end of 2012/13 season with Mary Vetsera in “Mayerling”, one of her first principal roles at age 19.
Born in Chiari (Brescia, Italy), Mara trained from age 10 at La Scala school in Milan and graduated with one of the higher scores in History.
She was awarded a Cavaliere del Merito (knighted) by the president of Italy in 2009, Positano Prize in 2008, Danza e danza prize in 2006, “She made a difference” Women of the year in 2018, and, in 2018 also received “Merenzino d’oro” from Italy.
Her repertoire includes: Juliet (Romeo & Juliet), Manon, Tatania (Onegin), Giselle, The Firebird, Mary Vetsera (Mayerling), Fille Mal Gardee, The Rite of Spring, Gamzatti (La Bayadere), Anastasia, Paquita, Le Corsaire, The Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker) and many more.
Since retiring she has returned to The Royal Ballet to create the role of the Mother in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra, and “Woolf Works" by Wayne McGregor.
She is also known for her performances of more contemporary pieces, especially the work of Sir Frederick Ashton , Sir Kenneth Macmillan, Twyla Tharp, Glen Tetley, Balanchine, Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, Mats Ek, Jiri Kilian, Alastair Marriott, Ashley Page and Alex Ratmansky.
Mara debut the lead role of Virginia Woolf at the Royal Opera House and toured with the company in Brisbane, Australia 2017. This production and Mara’s performance have received rave reviews.
Mara has also choreographed her own work, most recently “Interrupted Cadence“ created for the Carta Blanca Dance Company, which premiered at the Teatro Principal in Zaragoza in 2017.
As well as dancing with The Royal Ballet, Mara has guested with the Stuttgart Ballet Company, the Munich Company, the Rome Opera Ballet and Carlos Acosta , Irek Mukhamedov and Tetsuya Kumakawa companies.
In 2020 she started collaborating with Fabula Collective (artistic director Yukiko Tsukamoto) on future projects.
She is devoted to charitable work. In 2007 she founded Dancing for the Children, a charity that raises funds for other charities mainly in South Africa and Kenya to fight and spread of diseases such as AIDS and to help under privileged children explore the joys of dance.
Mara in a Mayerling insight at ROH, partnering Ed Watson and coached by Jonathan Cope Mayerling