RETURNBenito Marcelino

Benito Marcelino

Dancer, Choreographer, Ballet instructor
He was born in Surinam, South-America. He studied in Amsterdam, New York and Monte Carlo on a scholarship by Princess Grace of Monaco. He was Principal Dancer of the Frankfurt and Stuttgart Ballet, while as a guest artist he has worked with major dance ensembles, such as the Hamburg Ballet, the National Ballets of Holland, England and Cuba, the Ballet of Santiago (Chile) and the Ballet of Zurich, as well as with institutions such as the Festival in the Verona Arena, the Festival in Spoleto, etc. He has danced the choreographies John Cranko, Marius Petipa, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, John Neumeier, Maurice Bezart, David Bintley, Hans van Manen, Glen Tetley, Kenneth MacMillan, Renato Zanella, etc. He has danced and choreographed in major opera houses and institutions, such as the State Opera of Bavaria in Munich, the Opera of the Netherlands, the Opera of Monte Carlo and the Handel Festival Karlsruhe (Germany), the Festival of Early Music at Innsbruck (Austria). He has taught in the US, Argentina, Italy and Austria, where he lives and works now. In 2013, he choreographed and directed at the festival of Innsbruck the work of John Blow "Venus and Adonis" and, recently, he worked on the choreography of Renato Zanella for John Adams' opera A flowering tree (2014, Sweden). In 2006, he danced the leading role in the ballet Tchaikowski by Polish choreographer Thomasz Kaydansky which won the Faust award in Germany. At the GNO, he worked once as an assistant choreographer on the revival of the ballet Cinderella [Aschenbrödel] (Zanella/Johann Strauss) on a production of the Vienna State Ballet.