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Joined ABT 2007 / Soloist since 2015
Photo: Renata Pavam
Thomas Forster was born in London, England and began his ballet training at the age of eight with The Royal Ballet School Associate Programme. At 11, he commenced full-time dance training at the Elmhurst School of Dance and then joined the Upper School of The Royal Ballet School in 2002. Forster’s performing experience includes principal roles in The Royal Ballet School’s performances on stage at the Royal Opera House and on The Royal Ballet School’s graduation tour to Japan and New York in 2005. He has also performed with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Ballet.
Forster joined ABT’s Studio Company in May 2006, the main Company, as an apprentice, in January 2007 and the corps de ballet in December 2007. His repertory with the Company includes a leading role in Bach Partita, the High Brahmin in La Bayadére, a Step-Sister and Wellington in Cinderella, Espada and Lorenzo in Don Quixote, Thomas in La Fille mal gardée, Ivan in Firebird, Hilarion in Giselle, the Duke in Gaîté Parisienne, Harlequin’s Friend in Harlequinade, Her Lover in Jardin aux Lilas, Jailer in Manon, His Friend in The Moor’s Pavane, the Spanish Dance in The Nutcracker, the Arabian Man in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Prince Gremin in Onegin, Tybalt, Paris and Lord Montage in Romeo and Juliet, Fairy Cavalier and Prince Fortune in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, the Spanish Suitor in The Sleeping Beauty, von Rothbart both Lakeside and Ballroom, and the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake, The Poet in Les Sylphides, Apollo in Sylvia, Alonso in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Tempest, Prince Coffee, Prince Cocoa and Boris Wutki in Whipped Cream, leading roles in Her Notes, Souvenir d’un lieu cher and With a Chance of Rain, leading roles in AFTERITE, Blue Pas de Deux, Monotones II, Serenade After Plato’s Symposium, Symphony in C, Thirteen Diversions and Troika and featured roles in AfterEffect, After You, Baker’s Dozen, Company B, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Duets, Gong, One of Three, Overgrown Path, Private Light, Raymonda Divertissements and Sinfonietta.
He created Pierrot in Alexei Ratmansky’s Harlequinade, the Mouse King in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, the English Prince in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, as well as roles in Aftereffect (2013), Dumbarton, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once and From Here On Out.
Forster was appointed a Soloist in August 2015.
Mr. Forster’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Donna Calamari and ABT’s Golden Circle Council.
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