Benois de la Danse laureate

Alicia Amatriain was born in San Sebastian, Spain, where she received her first ballet training. She subsequently attended the John Cranko School in Stuttgart and graduated in 1998. She joined the Stuttgart Ballet as an apprentice and was taken into the Stuttgart Ballet’s Corps de ballet in 1999. In 2002 she was promoted to principal dancer. In 2015 she was awarded the national title of Kammertaenzerin, the highest status a dancer can achieve in Germany.

Her repertoire includes the leading roles in John Cranko’s Ballets such as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in Onegin and Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew as well as a wide range of leading roles in full-length ballets such as the title roles in Giselle (Coralli Perrot, Petipa), La Sylphide (Peter Schaufuss, August Bournonville) and The Sleeping Beauty (Marcia Haydée, Petipa), Kitri in Don Quijote (Maximiliano Guerra,, Petipa), Marguerite in The Lady of the Camellias and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (,John Neumeier). In addition, she has danced works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, Maurice Béjart, Kenneth MacMillan, William Forsythe and Hans van Manen.

Several renowned choreographers have created roles for Ms. Amatriain in their ballets, including Wayne McGregor, Itzik Galili, Marco Goecke, Douglas Lee and Demis Volpi. Christian Spuck created the leading role in his ballet Lulu especially for her.

Ms. Amatriain has received many honors and prizes such as the German FAUST Theater Prize in 2005 and the German “Future” Dance Prize in 2006. Guest performances have led her to companies all over the world, including the Bolshoi Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Cuban National Ballet, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and the State Ballet of Berlin. She has also been a frequent guest with “Roberto Bolle and Friends” and at the World Ballet Festival in Japan.