Since joining the RNZB in 2014, Leonora Voigtlander has excelled in both classical and contemporary works.
In 2019, Leonora’s roles included four little swans in Mario Radacovsky’s Black Swan, White Swan, Serenade by George Balanchine and Stand to Reason by Andrea Schermoly. Leonora had an exciting end to the year creating the roles of Food People and one of the Dew Fairies in Loughlan Prior’s Hansel & Gretel.
In 2018 Leonora performed Aunt Morag in The Piano: the ballet, Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Petite Mort by Jiri Kylian, and two of the new works created for the Strength & Grace programme. Leonora also performed in Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker in a range of solo roles including Arabian Coffee, French Pastilles, the Spanish Dance, and the Act I comic cameo of the maid.
The highlight of 2016 was performing in all three of the works in the acclaimed Speed of Light mixed bill, including Jette Girl in William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Andonis Foniadakis’ Selon Désir and Alexander Ekman’s Cacti. Leonora revisited Cacti in 2017 and also performed Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31 as part of the Three By Ekman triple bill. That same year she appeared as the Lead Bandit in Roland Petit’s Carmen and L’Arlésienne and in Romeo and Juliet by Francesco Ventriglia.
Leonora’s early roles with the RNZB included A Christmas Carol, Don Quixote, and Salute. She danced roles including the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in New Zealand and Hong Kong, and in Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s Giselle during the company’s UK and Italy tour in 2015 and the New Zealand restaging in 2016.
A personal favorite for Leonora is performing Tutus on Tour. She has danced many roles on these tours throughout the years.
Leonora grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Nelson, New Zealand. She started her training at the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School and as a teenager, received scholarships to study year-round at both the School of Ballet Chicago and the Miami City Ballet School. Upon graduation, Leonora joined the Saint Louis Ballet Company.
Leonora is supported by Agincourt Family Trust
The Piano: the ballet