Principal Dancer, The Royal Ballet
Guest Artist, Prix de Lausanne 2023 Gala of Stars
Matthew Ball was born in Liverpool. He joined The Royal Ballet School aged 11 and graduated through the School awards. He joined the Company during the 2013/14 Season, promoted to First Artist in 2015, Soloist in 2016, First Soloist in 2017 and Principal Dancer in 2018.
Matthew has created roles with renowned choreographers Wayne Mcgregor, Crystal Pite, Christopher Wheeldon, Hofesh Shechter, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Kim Brandstrup and Cathy Marston. Dancing alongside and partnering international stars such as Natalia Osipova, Alina Cojocaru, Marianela Nunez and Alessandra Ferri.
Matthew has also begun to create his own work, choreographing a trio for his colleagues entitled Waveform which was recorded and streamed for The Royal Ballet’s Draftworks programme and also a commercial campaign for the phone manufacturer ‘Xiaomi’ shot at the Natural History Museum.
In 2018/19 he appeared as a guest performer with Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake as The Swan/Stranger to critical acclaim in London, Tokyo and New York.
In recent years he has branched into different fields working on several fashion and film projects including collaborations with Nick Knight OBE, Gareth Pugh, Erdem and British Vogue as well as features in King Kong Magazine, Esquire, Hero and Man About Town.
Film work includes two dance shorts with Pennefather productions co-starring with Francesca Hayward and Natalia Osipova and ‘Tybalt’ in the feature length film Romeo and Juliet Beyond Words.
His repertoire includes: Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Armand (Marguerite and Armand), Solor (La Bayadere), Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Florimund (Sleeping Beauty), Bluebird (Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker), Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Des Grieux (Manon), Lensky (Onegin), Basilio (Don Quixote), Crosscurrents, Woolf Works, Asphodel Meadows, Obsidian Tear, Strapless, Connectome, Untouchable, The Unknown Soldier, Multiverse, Corybantic Games, The Illustrated Farewell, Medusa.