Artistic Director

Linnar Looris – Artistic Director of the Estonian National Ballet


Linnar Looris graduated from the Tallinn Ballet School in 2001. During his graduation years (2000, 2001) he was chosen to represent Estonia at the European Dance Festival (France), where he had the opportunity to get additional coaching from Vladimir Vasiliev and Monique Loudieres. At the European Dance Festival he performed leading roles and toured around France, Italy and Switzerland before joining the Estonian National Ballet in 2001. In 2002, Mr. Looris received Philip Morris Young Dancer of the Year Award and in 2003 became a Principal Dancer with the Estonian National Ballet, receiving Foundation of Culture Scholarship Awards in 2004 and 2006. Mr. Looris performed all the leading roles in the company’s classical and contemporary repertoire and toured to Finland, Sweden, Ukraine, Russia and USA. Some of his most notable roles include Karenin (Shchedrin/Smoriginas’ “Anna Karenina”), Mercutio (Prokofjev/Härm’s “Romeo and Juliet”), Prince (Tchaikovsky/Murdmaa’s “The Nutcracker”), Prince Siegfried and pas de trois (Tchaikovsky/Härm’s “Swan Lake”), Prince and Blue Bird (Tchaikovsky/Suve’s “The Sleeping Beauty”), Count Albrecht (Adam/Härm’s “Giselle”), Nathanael’s friend (Delibes/Bigonzetti’s “Coppélia”), Enea and Paride (Cannito/Schiavoni’s “Cassandra”), soloist (Balanchine’s “Allegro Brillante”, McKneely’s “New York–New York”, Suve’s “Theme With Variations”, Elo’s “Red With Me”, Härm’s “La valse”), Kylián’s “Songs Of A Wayfarer”, among others.

In 2006, he joined Birmingham Royal Ballet as a soloist, where his principal roles included Romeo and Paris in MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet”, Prince in Wright’s “The Nutcracker”, Apollo in Balanchine’s “Apollo” and soloist roles in Balanchine’s “That’s Life”, and Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs”. He joined Houston Ballet in 2007, and since then has danced a variety of leading roles, including Prince in “The Nutcracker” and “The Sleeping Beauty” (by Ben Stevenson), the title role in Cranko’s “Onegin”, Petruchio (Cranko’s “Taming of the Shrew”), Danilo (Hynd’s “The Merry Widow”), Prospero (Bintley’s “The Tempest”), Captain Hook (McIntyre’s “Peter Pan”), Demetrius (Neumeier’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), Solor in “La Bayadère”, Pinkerton and Sharpless in “Madame Butterfly”, Prince Siegfried in “Swan Lake” (all by Stanton Welch). He has also been featured in the principal couple roles in Wheeldon’s “Carousel”, Tudor’s “The Leaves are Fading”, MacMillan’s “Song of the Earth”, Balanchine’s “Serenade” and “Emeralds”, Forsythe’s “Artifact Suite”, Kudelka’s “Little Dancer”, Kylian’s “Songs of a Wayfarer”, Tharp’s “The Brahms-Haydn Variations”, Robbins’ “In the Night” and “The Concert”, van Manen’s “Grosse Fuge”, Ashton’s “Les Patineurs” etc. Twyla Tharp has also created roles for him in his world premiere ballets “Tapestry”, “The Core” and “Marie”.

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