Photo by Natasha Razina


Principal, the Mariinsky Ballet

Xander Parish was born in Yorkshire, England and upon graduating from the Royal Ballet School in 2005, he immediately joined the Royal Ballet Company as member of the corps de ballet. From 2006-2009 he toured with the company to Spain, Mexico, the USA, Turkey, China, Japan and Cuba. Parish joined the Mariinsky Ballet in January 2010 making his debut as Béranger in the ballet Raymonda and was promoted to second soloist in 2014, to first soloist in 2016 and to principal in 2017. His repertoire includes Giselle (Count Albrecht); Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried); Bournonville’s La Sylphide (Youths); The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Désiré); Raymonda (Jean de Brienne, Béranger); ), Rostislav Zakharov’s The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Vaslav, Polish Youths); Vasily Vainonen’s The Nutcracker (the Nutcracker Prince, Elegant Cavaliers); Leonid Yakobson’s Spartacus (Satyr); Lavrovsky’s Romeo and Juliet (Romeo, Paris, Troubadour); Harold Lander’s Études, Hans van Manen’s Variations for two couples and Adagio Hammerklavier, Alexei Ratmansky’s Anna Karenina (Count Vronsky, Tushkevich); Benjamin Millepied’s ballets Without, La nuit s’achève, Michel Fokine’s Chopiniana (Youth) and Schéhérazade (Zobeide’s Slave), Angelin Preljocaj’s Le Parc (Soloist); Wayne McGregor’s Infra; Yuri Smekalov’s Intensio and Paquita (Andres), and Ilya Zhivoi’s The Four Seasons. His Balanchine ballet roles include Apollo (Apollo), Serenade, Symphony in C, Jewels (Emeralds, Diamonds), Piano Concerto No 2 (Ballet Imperial) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius). His Frederick Ashton ballet roles include Sylvia (Aminta) and Marguerite and Armand (Armand).  Parish has toured with the Mariinsky to Germany, the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates. He made his debut as a guest artist with American Ballet Theatre dancing Aminta in Ashton’s Sylvia in 2016 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Parish’s awards include The Royal Ballet School’s Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award (2003), the Silver Medal at the Adeline Genée International Ballet Competition in Athens (2004), second prize at the Young British Dancer of the Year Awards (2004), the Léonide Massine Prize in the category “Emerging Talent on the International Scene” in Positano, Italy (2014), the Taglioni Award in the category “Best Young Male Dancer” (2014) and “Outstanding Male Performance” at Britain’s National Dance Awards (2015).