Matthew Golding, principal with the Dutch National Ballet, will be leaving the company in March 2014 to join The Royal Ballet in London, England, in the rank of principal dancer.
Golding will remain associated with the Dutch National Ballet as a regular guest artist. Starting in the 2014-2015 season, he will be returning regularly to the stage of The Amsterdam Music Theatre. Golding’s last performance as a principal with the Dutch National Ballet will be in the programme Fairytales, in March 2014.
The Canadian dancer Matthew Golding joined the Dutch National Ballet as a soloist in 2009. His big breakthrough took place in February 2010 with his interpretation of the main role of Basilio in Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quichotte. During his period with the Dutch National Ballet, Golding has developed into a big international star, and is in great demand as a guest artist.
During his career, he has already received various awards and nominations. Last year, he was awarded the ‘Zwaan’ for Most Impressive Dance Achievement by the VSCD for his performance in Short Time Together by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León. In 2002, at a young age, he won the Youth America Grand Prix, and was awarded the Alexandra Radius Prize in 2011. In the same year, he was nominated for a ‘Zwaan’ – this time for his performance in Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quichotte. In 2012 and recently in 2013, he received nominations for the Benois de la Danse (the international ‘Oscar of dance’) for his respective performances in Nutcracker and Mouse King, by Wayne Eagling and Toer van Schayk, and Cinderella by Christopher Wheeldon.
Golding is no stranger to The Royal Ballet, as the final year of his training took place at The Royal Ballet School, where he graduated in 2003. Last season, he made his debut with The Royal Ballet as a guest artist in La Bayadére. His first performance with The Royal Ballet will be on 27 March 2014 in The Sleeping Beauty.
Matthew Golding in Short Time Together by choreographer Paul Lightfoot
Photo: Angela Sterling