Image: Joseph Caley and Shiori Kase in Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo

Last night, following the opening night of Nutcracker at the London Coliseum, Artistic Director Tamara Rojo announced that Joseph Caley will be promoted to Lead Principal.

Joining the cast backstage after the performance, where Joseph Caley danced the role of Nephew, Tamara announced his promotion in front of the Company and our Patron, HRH The Duke of York.

Joseph Caley and Shiori Kase in Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo
Joseph Caley and Shiori Kase in Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo

Of Joseph, Tamara said:

“Joe has made a wonderful contribution to English National Ballet in the few months since he joined, performing a variety of lead roles including James in La Sylphide, The Man in Song of the Earth, Romeo in Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet, and the Nephew in Nutcracker.

“In recognition of his incredible talent and professionalism I am thrilled to promote Joe to Lead Principal. I am in no doubt that he will continue to delight audiences throughout the upcoming season.”

Tamara Rojo and Joseph Caley in Song of the Earth © Laurent Liotardo

Born in Hull, Joseph Caley trained at the Royal Ballet School. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2005, and was promoted to Principal in 2011. He joined English National Ballet as Principal at the start of the 2017/2018 season. As a student, he was awarded medals in the Young British Dancer, Adeline Genée Awards and won a scholarship at the Prix de Lausanne.

Joseph recently performed in Opening the New as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. He has been a guest artist with The Australian Ballet and with Star Dancer Ballet in Japan with Miyako Yoshida.

Watch the announcement in the video below:

Joseph performs in Nutcracker, Song of the Earth, La Sylphide, and Le Jeunne Homme et la Mort at the London Coliseum this winter. Full casting details can be found here. His promotion takes effect from 20 January 2018.