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Nathalie Harrison (Photo: Royal Opera House)

Nathalie Harrison (Photo: Royal Opera House)

Nathalie Harrison joins Voices Of The Amazon

Published 19 June 2017

Nathalie Harrison, First Artist at the Royal Ballet, will join the UK premiere of Sisters Grimm’s internationally acclaimed Voices Of The Amazon at Sadler’s Wells this summer.

Nathalie has recently returned to The Royal Ballet playing the role of Hermia in Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, following the birth of her first child. Having trained at The Royal Ballet School, Nathalie joined the Company in 2003 and was promoted to First Artist in 2009, with a repertory including Lady Capulet (Romeo And Juliet), Dulcinea (Don Quixote) and Bathilde (Giselle). 

She will join the previously announced Michelle Buckley, Liam Burke, Charles Damasio, Stefanos Dimoulas, Kay Elizabeth, Rachel Maybank, Fernanda Muniz, Hicaro Nicolai, Kauê Ribeiro and Leilane Teles, as well as musicians Rob Barron, Adam Kovacs, Matthew West, Tina Jacobs and Lucy Skinner, in the production, which is narrated by multi award-winning actor Jeremy Irons.

Following a sell-out run at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow, Voices Of The Amazon plays at Sadler’s Wells from 4 to 8 July, and follows the story of Beleza, a water spirit from the Amazon, whose search to cure her dying sister takes her on a life-changing journey deep into the rainforest. 

Through a stirring musical score, containing sounds recorded from the Amazon Rainforest, and with music and songs performed in English and Portuguese, Voices Of The Amazon fuses ballet, contemporary and capoeira to highlight the damaging effects of deforestation, the loss of natural medicines and plants, and promises an exhilarating live experience, embracing the true spirit of Brazil.

Darcey Bussell CBE said of the production, “Sisters Grimm have fused different dance genres, with a captivating cast from Brazil and London… Choreographer Helen Pickett’s foundations are in classical ballet but here she brings together musical theatre, breakdancing, capoeira and live songs, which is truly exciting.

“The show makes us all think about the importance of accepting differences and protecting our natural world. I highly recommend it.”

Voices Of The Amazon is directed by Pietra Mello-Pittman, choreographed by Helen Pickett and composed by Ella Spira in collaboration with Brazilian songwriters Danny Nascimento, Dito Martins and Julien Davis and world‐renowned percussionists Olodum.

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