Lisa-Maree Cullum

Lisa-Maree Cullum (Foto: Sascha Kletzsch)

Lisa-Maree Cullum (Foto: Sascha Kletzsch)

Principal dancer

Lisa-Marre Cullum, born in New Zealand, trained in New Zealand, Sidney and Monte Carlo. She started her professional career with the English National Ballet.

From 1990 to 1998 Lisa-Maree Cullum was a leading ballerina with the Ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, dancing all the ballerina roles (Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake) as well as a large modern repertory.

Since season 1998/1999 she dances with the Bayerisches Staatsballett, since 1999/2000 as a Principal. She started with roles like Olga in Onegin (J. Cranko), Nikiya in La Bayadère (P. Bart/M. Petipa), Manon, Prudence in The Lady of the Camellias (J. Neumeier), and Terpsichore in Balanchines Apollo. In the modern repertory she danced leading roles in Peter Martin's Fearful Symmetries and Zakouski as well as William Forsythe's Artifact II. 1999 she created the role of the Virgin Mary in Grand-Maître's Emma B. Since then dancing a great variety of leading roles: title role in A Cinderella Story (J. Neumeier), Manon in Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, Juliet in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, Tatjana in Cranko's Onegin, Swan Lake, Giselle, Kitri in Don Quijote, Balanchine's Who Cares?, Concerto Barocco, The Four Temperaments, Brahms-Schönberg-Quartett, Jerome Robbins' In the Night and many others. She created the role of Raymonda in Ray Barra's new Raymonda production.

In 1988, she was gold-medalist at the Adéline Genée-Competition in London and won the Prix de Lausanne, in 1995 winner of the Leonide Massine-Award in Positano/Italy.
In 1998, Lisa-Maree Cullum was acclaimed dancer of the year by a leading Munich newspaper. She was nominated for the Prix Benois de la danse in Moskau 2002 and she was acclaimed Dancer of the Year 2002 for her outstanding interpretation of the titel role in Sleeping Beauty with the Ballet of the Opera of Rome. She has appeared as a guest dancer on stages worldwide, like Kirov Ballet St. Petersburg and Royal Danish Ballet Kopenhagen.

In 2008, she was awarded the honorary title 'Kammertänzerin' by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture.

Debut 2004/2005
Nora I in Limb's Theorem (W. Forsythe)
Two (H. van Manen)
Five Tangos (H. van Manen)
Agon (G. Balanchine)

Debut 2005/2006
Sophie in The Silver Rose (G. Murphy)
Century Rolls (D. Bombana), creation
Sylvia Pas de deux (G. Balanchine)

Debut 2006/2007
Medora in Le Corsaire (M. Petipa/I. Liška)

Debut 2008/2009
Hostess in Les Biches (B. Nijinska)
Gulnara in Le Corsaire (M. Petipa/I. Liška)
Giselle in Once Upon An Ever After (T. Kohler), creation

Debut 2009/2010
2nd Pas de deux in Artifact (W. Forsythe)

Debut 2012/2013
4th Solo-Girl in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Leading ballerina 7th variation and pas de deux in Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)
Unitxt (R. Siegal), creation

Debut 2013/2014
Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)
Priestess in Le Sacre du printemps (M. Wigman)

Past events with Lisa-Maree Cullum

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