Gary Harris —

London-born Gary Harris trained at the Royal Ballet School, then joined the London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) in 1978 and was one of the company’s leading soloists. He left in 1985 to pursue a freelance dance career, performing in West End shows, including On Your Toes, La Cage aux Folles and Phantom of the Opera.

Gary has worked internationally as a dancer, teacher, répétiteur and designer. In 1991, he joined the Royal Ballet as notator and répétiteur, working with choreographers such as William Forsythe and Sir Kenneth MacMillan and re-staging the works of Sir Fredrick Ashton.

Gary was Associate Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet and then Artistic Director of Royal New Zealand Ballet from 2001 – 2010, where he re-staged Swan Lake, Paquita, Coppélia and Giselle, and mounted new productions ofThe Nutcracker  and Don Quixote. Notable design commissions include The Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda for National Ballet of China, Christopher Hampson’s Double Concerto for English National Ballet and Saltarello, Esquisses and The Sleeping Beauty for Royal New Zealand Ballet. Gary continues to re-stage the works of Kenneth MacMillan.