Principal Alexandre Ferreira joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in June 2016 and was first seen by New Zealand audiences as Hilarion in Giselle and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Equally at home in classical and contemporary roles, Alex has shone in principal roles in ballets as diverse as Roland Petit’s Carmen (2017) Alexander Ekman’s Tuplet and Episode 31 (2017), Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 (2018), Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort (2018) and The Nutcracker (2018). He began 2018 as George Baines in Jiří and Otto Bubeníček’s The Piano: the ballet, with Rebecca Tansley’s feature documentary about the ballet, The Heart Dances, capturing both his performance and his insights as a thoughtful and fearless artist.
Alex’s early training and performing experiences were in his birthplace, Rio de Janeiro, where he performed professionally from the age of 16, and subsequently with Miami City Ballet and as a principal dancer with the Milwaukee Ballet in the USA. His diverse repertoire includes works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Michael Pink and Edward Villella.
In addition to his outstanding performances, Alex is also a valued contributor to the RNZB Education department, frequently taking part in onstage Q&As and mentoring talented young dancers as part of the National Mentor Programme.
Romeo and Juliet
The Piano: the ballet