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Philip Currell

Principal Dancer

Briton Philip Currell arrived at the Norwegian National Ballet in 2004, and was appointed Principal Dancer in 2012. In Oslo he has danced the Prince in classical ballets such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, as well as the role of Espada in Nureyev's Don Quixote, Des Grieux in MacMillan's Manon and the title role in Onegin. In more recent works, he danced Alan in Neumeier's A Streetcar Named Desire, and in autumn 2011 the title role in Spuck's new Woyzeck was created for him – a role that newspaper Vårt Land felt he interpreted "with an actor's presence and steadiness in every step". In 2017 he co-created his own choreography for the part as Jørgen Tesman in Moum Aunes acclaimed Hedda Gabler.
Currell has danced prominent solo roles in the Balanchine ballets The Four Temperaments, Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony in Three Movements, as well as in Tetley's Arena, Voluntaries and The Tempest. He has also gained recognition in modern ballet thanks to prominent roles in Kylián's Wings of Wax, Soldiers' Mass, Stepping Stones, Heart's Labyrinth, Six Dances, No More Play, Sarabande and Symphony of Psalms, Forsythe's Steptext, Workwithinwork and Enemy in the Figure, Duato's White Darkness and Arcangelo, and in Subject to Change, Skew Whiff, Softly as I Leave You and Shoot the Moon by choreographer duo Lightfoot and León. His credits also include works by Wheeldon and Dawson, and as well as the latter, choreographers such as Strømgren, Elo, Boyadjiev, Espejord, Øyen and Lidberg, not to mention Kylián, have created parts and roles for him.

Originally from London, Currell studied at The Royal Ballet School and the English National Ballet School. He danced with the National Ballet of Portugal before arriving in Oslo.


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