Image: Cesar Corrales in In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated © Laurent Liotardo

After three years with English National Ballet, Principal Cesar Corrales has decided to leave the Company and will join The Royal Ballet.

Corrales joined English National Ballet as Artist of the Company in 2014. He was promoted to Junior Soloist in 2015, and to First Soloist in 2016. In July 2017 at just 20 years old, Corrales was promoted to Principal on stage at the Bunka Kaikan Theatre, Tokyo following his performance as Ali in Le Corsaire.

Cesar Corrales promoted to Principal dancer in Tokyo © Laurent Liotardo

Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo CBE said:

I am so proud of our commitment to nurturing our exceptionally talented dancers within the Company, dedicating time and resources to help develop them as artists. English National Ballet will continue to offer dancers the opportunity to work with the best artistic, creative and coaching teams in the world, so that they can achieve their full potential.

In his short time at English National Ballet Corrales has performed lead roles as Ali in Le Corsaire, Nephew in Nutcracker, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle, and in Spring and Fall by John Neumeier, Fantastic Beings by Aszure Barton, and William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated. In 2016, Corrales collaborated with Akram Khan on the creation of the role of Hilarion for Khan’s reimagined version of Giselle.

Jia Zhang and Cesar Corrales. Photography by © Jason Bell. Art Direction and Design by Charlotte Wilkinson Studio

Corrales, who performs the lead role in Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et La Mort at the London Coliseum on 18 and 20 January, leaves English National Ballet at the end of the 2017/2018 season.