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Ballet Muses 2021 - 9.10. - 11.10.2021

Natascha Mair: our new Principal dancer | English National Ballet (2020)

BIOGRAPHY

Natascha Mair was born in Vienna (Austria). She received her education from the age of seven at the Vienna State Opera, where she was taught by Gabriele Haslinger, Karen Henry, Galina Skuratova and Evelyn Téri, among others.

In 2012 she graduated from high school and passed her ballet diploma exam with seventeen and has been engaged from the 2012/13 season on at the Vienna State Ballet. In 2012, Natascha Mair was awarded the Jury Prize at the International Ballet School Competition in Beijing and received the first prize in the Premio Roma Danza. In 2014 she was promoted to demi-soloist and in 2016 to soloist.

In December 2018, Vienna State Ballet Director Manuel Legris promoted Mair to first soloist following a performance of Rudolf Nureyev's The Nutcracker at the Vienna State Opera House.

In 2020 Natascha Mair left the Vienna State Ballet and was appointed principal dancer at the English National Ballet.

She also appears as a guest principal in many lead roles and galas in europe and overseas.
Several television appearances including in the broadcasts of the New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, the opening of the Vienna Opera Ball and “Just ballet” documentary.

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REPERTOIRE

English National Ballet, London, United Kingdom
  • Clara in Nutcracker delights, Coliseum, Online
  • Reunion Senseless Kindness from Yuri Possokhov, Sadler's Wells
  • Solstice Swan Lake and Le Corsaire, Royal Festival Hall

Guest Performances – full lengths
  • Odette/Odile in Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake, State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia
  • Odette/Odile in Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake, Aspendos Opera Bale Ballet, Turkey
  • Gulnare in Manuel Legris' Le Corsaire, Madrid, Spain
  • Gulnare in Manuel Legris' Le Corsaire, Tokyo, Japan
  • Princess Aurora in Marius Petipa’s Sleeping Beauty , Opera Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Swanilda in Pierre Lacotte’s Coppélia, Dance Open Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Marguerite Gautier in Tomaž Rode’s Lady of the Camellias, Festival Portorož, Slovenia
  • Gulnare in José Carlos Martinez's le Corsaire, Opera Ljubljana, Slovenia


Vienna State Opera Ballet, Austria
  • Clara in Rudolf Nureyev’s Nutcracker
  • Lise in Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée
  • Swanilda in Pierre Lacotte’s Coppélia
  • Gulnare in Manuel Legris' Le Corsaire
  • Olga in John Cranko’s Onegin
  • Henriette in Nureyev’s Raymonda
  • Crown Princess Stephanie in Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling
  • Najade in Manuel Legris' Sylvia
  • Hermia in Jorma Elo’s A Midsummernight's Dream
  • Marie Antoinette in Patrick de Bana’s Marie Antoinette
  • Juliette in Davide Bombana’s Roméo et Juliette
  • Solveig in Edward Clug's Peer Gynt
  • George Balanchine: Jewels, Symphonie in C, Valse fantaisie, Allegro brillante
  • David Dawson: A Million Kisses to my skin
  • William Forsythe: Artifact suite, The second detail
  • Harald Lander: Études
  • Kenneth Mac Millan: Concerto 1st movements
  • Wayne McGregor: Eden Eden
  • John Neumeier: Vaslaw, Verklungene Feste, Le Pavillon d‘Armide, Bach suite
  • Jerome Robbins: Four Seasons
  • etc.

PRESS

19.06.2021 – Solstice, English National Ballet, RFH review – a midsummer treat

... a first for me, at least – the special attributes of ENB’s latest star acquisition, 26-year-old Austrian Natascha Mair, whose lightning speed in piqué turns defies her lavish length of leg.

Natascha Mair
2021-06-20T08:15:27+02:00
... a first for me, at least – the special attributes of ENB’s latest star acquisition, 26-year-old Austrian Natascha Mair, whose lightning speed in piqué turns defies her lavish length of leg.

17.06.2021 – English National Ballet: Solstice review – smitten swans, chiseled abs and thumping techno

.... and Isaac Hernández is on good form in the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake, partnering a deliciously wicked Natascha Mair.

Natascha Mair
2021-06-18T07:53:54+02:00
.... and Isaac Hernández is on good form in the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake, partnering a deliciously wicked Natascha Mair.

18.01.2021 – ‘A delight to watch from start to finish’: NUTCRACKER DELIGHTS – English National Ballet (Online review)

......Elsewhere, Natascha Mair as Clara offers a delightfully innocent and playful performance that perfectly captures the character. ......

Natascha Mair
2021-01-19T08:01:16+01:00
......Elsewhere, Natascha Mair as Clara offers a delightfully innocent and playful performance that perfectly captures the character. ......

06.01.2021 -Nureyev’s The Nutcracker from Vienna State Ballet looks back to the past and also to the future

...... On the very night of this performance, Mair was promoted – at 23 – to First Soloist at the curtain call (the company’s equivalent of principal); so her meteoric rise is to be followed closely when dancers eventually can get back on the world’s stages. Mair already performs here with a rare naturalness and never – at any time – do you see her open face register the technical demands of the choreography and her dancing has lightness, speed, and an easy fluency. Mair’s vivid response to the music seems instinctive and she seems to have the ability – not given to all ballerinas – to embellish a phrase to stress the rhythm and intrinsic emotion. ......

Natascha Mair
2021-01-19T07:56:56+01:00
...... On the very night of this performance, Mair was promoted – at 23 – to First Soloist at the curtain call (the company’s equivalent of principal); so her meteoric rise is to be followed closely when dancers eventually can get back on the world’s stages. Mair already performs here with a rare naturalness and never – at any time – do you see her open face register the technical demands of the choreography and her dancing has lightness, speed, and an easy fluency. Mair’s vivid response to the music seems instinctive and she seems to have the ability – not given to all ballerinas – to embellish a phrase to stress the rhythm and intrinsic emotion. ......

28.12.2020 – English National Ballet’s Nutcracker Delights is a true Christmas cracker

.... Mair immediately announces herself as someone to look out for in the future; her Clara is open faced and full of wonder and her dancing has a delightful lyrical ease with exquisitely soft arms. Never for any moment did you see her face foretell how she was going to move next and Mair exuded an aura that dancing is the most natural thing to do to express oneself....

Natascha Mair
2020-12-28T13:26:44+01:00
.... Mair immediately announces herself as someone to look out for in the future; her Clara is open faced and full of wonder and her dancing has a delightful lyrical ease with exquisitely soft arms. Never for any moment did you see her face foretell how she was going to move next and Mair exuded an aura that dancing is the most natural thing to do to express oneself....

18.11.2020 – English National Ballet | Nutcracker Delights Casting

..... Opening night will see Natascha Mair’s first performance with English National Ballet. ....

Natascha Mair
2020-11-19T15:37:47+01:00
..... Opening night will see Natascha Mair’s first performance with English National Ballet. ....

09.11.2020 – NEWS: Natascha Mair – Just for the record!

... “attitude” wishes our dear Natascha just the best for this new, exciting period of her career and says THANKS for all the joy you have given us!

Natascha Mair
2020-11-11T07:22:26+01:00
... “attitude” wishes our dear Natascha just the best for this new, exciting period of her career and says THANKS for all the joy you have given us!

04.03.2020 – Lukács / Lidberg / Duato (Première): (Vienna State Ballet)

.... All dancers extremely well-rehearsed, precisely together, in perfect unison technically and emotionally either as a pair (Alice Firenze/Masayu Kimoto, Natascha Mair/James Stephens, Nikisha Fogo/Richard Szabó and Erika Kovácová/Zsolt Török), solo (Iliana Chivarova), trio (Céline Janou Weder – totally in her element, „projecting“ herself up till the gallery! - and Gaetano Signorelli & Arne Vandervelde) or as a group altogether...

Natascha Mair
2020-03-10T09:21:04+01:00
.... All dancers extremely well-rehearsed, precisely together, in perfect unison technically and emotionally either as a pair (Alice Firenze/Masayu Kimoto, Natascha Mair/James Stephens, Nikisha Fogo/Richard Szabó and Erika Kovácová/Zsolt Török), solo (Iliana Chivarova), trio (Céline Janou Weder – totally in her element, „projecting“ herself up till the gallery! - and Gaetano Signorelli & Arne Vandervelde) or as a group altogether...

13.01.2020 – Natascha Mair talking „about Swan Lake and Odette & Odile“

... Natascha Mair had her first Swan Lake in the Theatre in Aspendos (Antalya, Turkey) in the first week of September last (for this performance she was coached by the great Brigitte Stadler) and then on September 25th with the Kremlin Ballet in Moscow, in which she danced with Isaac Hernandéz (English National Ballet) and was coached by no one but the marvellous Tamara Rojo. Moments to be remembered

Natascha Mair
2020-01-13T18:36:14+01:00
... Natascha Mair had her first Swan Lake in the Theatre in Aspendos (Antalya, Turkey) in the first week of September last (for this performance she was coached by the great Brigitte Stadler) and then on September 25th with the Kremlin Ballet in Moscow, in which she danced with Isaac Hernandéz (English National Ballet) and was coached by no one but the marvellous Tamara Rojo. Moments to be remembered

07.10.2019 Dance by Lina – Interview

... Natascha and I first met last December 2018, I was lucky enough to catch her on the day she was promoted to Principal Dancer of Vienna State Opera Ballet, it was such a coincidence having bought the tickets 3 months before the show not knowing that she would be the one performing. ...

Natascha Mair
2020-01-17T15:01:52+01:00
... Natascha and I first met last December 2018, I was lucky enough to catch her on the day she was promoted to Principal Dancer of Vienna State Opera Ballet, it was such a coincidence having bought the tickets 3 months before the show not knowing that she would be the one performing. ...

29.01.2019 – Coppélia (Première)

... But this “easiness” to be “in” the roles is just achieved by hard work. That is the point I would like to refer to: Natascha Mair's and Denys Cherevychko's pinpointed work was present from the beginning on till the very end of the show. It may not sound extremely important but for a balletomane it makes all the difference to witness clean Piqués Arabesque and Pas-de-Chats (on her first variation of the first Act) as well as his sharp, precise Jetés, also at the beginning of Act I. ...

Natascha Mair
2019-02-06T14:58:12+01:00
... But this “easiness” to be “in” the roles is just achieved by hard work. That is the point I would like to refer to: Natascha Mair's and Denys Cherevychko's pinpointed work was present from the beginning on till the very end of the show. It may not sound extremely important but for a balletomane it makes all the difference to witness clean Piqués Arabesque and Pas-de-Chats (on her first variation of the first Act) as well as his sharp, precise Jetés, also at the beginning of Act I. ...

31.12.2018 -The Nutcracker

.... Hers is a translucent Clara who has the qualities that I have missed on stage since Gelsey Kirkland and Lesley Browne (Both danced the Baryshnikov version, which I rather prefer to Nureyev's one): sincerity, delicacy, suavity., transparency...

 

Natascha Mair
2019-12-26T08:19:52+01:00
.... Hers is a translucent Clara who has the qualities that I have missed on stage since Gelsey Kirkland and Lesley Browne (Both danced the Baryshnikov version, which I rather prefer to Nureyev's one): sincerity, delicacy, suavity., transparency...  

16.06.2016 – Marie Antoinette – revisited

..... Her strength and frailty at the same time are a rare thing – her vulnerability and sadness towards the end of the piece, the way in which Antoinette “gives up” astonishing. ...

 

Natascha Mair
2019-12-26T08:31:08+01:00
..... Her strength and frailty at the same time are a rare thing – her vulnerability and sadness towards the end of the piece, the way in which Antoinette “gives up” astonishing. ...  

21.02.2013 – New Works, Dancers Promise Bright Future for Vienna Ballet

…… But it was rookie Natascha Mair, aged 18 and who joined the corps de ballet just six months ago, who had everyone talking after her cool performance in Dawson's "A Million Kisses to my Skin," replacing Polakova and holding her own alongside many of the company's greatest names ...


Natascha Mair
2013-03-15T16:37:42+01:00
…… But it was rookie Natascha Mair, aged 18 and who joined the corps de ballet just six months ago, who had everyone talking after her cool performance in Dawson's "A Million Kisses to my Skin," replacing Polakova and holding her own alongside many of the company's greatest names ...
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