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January 6, 2004


Principal Guest Artist to Perform Nikiya in La Bayadère at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Metropolitan Opera House

Roberta Marquez, a guest artist with The Royal Ballet in London, will debut with American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Guest Artist performing the role of Nikiya in
La Bayadère on Saturday evening, February 7 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. She will reprise the role on Friday evening, May 14 and at the matinee on Wednesday, May 19 during the Company’s 2004 Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. At each performance, Ms. Marquez will perform the role of Nikiya opposite ABT Principal Dancer Ethan Stiefel as Solor.

Born in Brazil, Ms. Marquez trained at the Maria Olenewa State School of Dance. In 1994, she joined the Municipal Theatre Ballet in Rio de Janiero and was promoted to principal dancer in 2002. Her repertoire with that company includes leading roles in Natalia Makarova’s stagings of Swan Lake and La Bayadère.

In 2003, Ms. Marquez was invited to perform as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet. With The Royal, she performed Nikiya in La Bayadère, as well as Princess Aurora opposite Mr. Stiefel as Prince Desire in Natalia Makarova’s The Sleeping Beauty.

During The Royal Ballet’s tour to Russia, she performed Odette-Odile in Anthony Dowell’s Swan Lake at both the Bolshoi and Maryinsky Theatres.
Ms. Marquez’s repertoire also includes Swanilda in Enrique Martinez’s Coppélia, Kitri in Alicia Alonso’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Vladimir Vasiliev’s Romeo and Juliet, Katarina in John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew, Chloƒó in George Skibine’s Daphnis and Chloƒó, the Sugar Plum Fairy in Dalal Achcar’s The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Serge Lifar’s Suite en Blanc and Tatiana and Olga in John Cranko’s Onegin.

Ms. Marquez was awarded the Silver Medal at the Ninth Moscow International Competition in 2001 and Best Dancer of the Year by the City of Rio de Janiero in 2001.

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