Toomas Edur

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Thomas Edur has graduated from Tallinn Ballet School in 1988 and worked at the Estonian National Opera 1988–1990. In 1990–2009 he was the principal dancer with the English National Ballet, at the same time dancing as a guest artist on many renowned stages, including Birmingham Royal Ballet (1996–1997), Teatro alla Scala (1994–2002), Staatsoper Berlin (2001–2003), Cape Town City Ballet (2001–2007), Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (2003–2007), Zurich Ballet (2000), Finnish National Ballet (1998–2001), Noriko Kobayashi Ballet (2002–2007), Dutch National Ballet (2004), Houston Ballet (1992) to name a few. Since 2009, he is the Artistic Director of the Estonian National Ballet.

His most important roles include Apollo (Stravinsky’s “Apollo”), Basilio (Minkus’ “Don Quixote”), Prince (“Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky), Romeo (Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”), Prince (“The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky), Lensky (Cranko/Tchaikovsky „Onegin“), Prince (Prokofiev’s “Cinderella”), Des Grieux (MacMillan/Massenet’s “Manon”), Désiré (Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty”) and Albert (Adam’s “Giselle”) etc. He considers his career highlight as a dancer appearing at the concert for Diana in “Swan Lake” with the English National Ballet at Wembley Stadium for a record number of live viewers of ballet ever (2007). His big debut as a choreographer was a pas de deux “Forever” that premiered on a gala evening “The Greatest Love Gala” (2000), followed by a commission of two one act ballets from Vanemuine Theatre “E-duur” (2005)  and a one act ballet “Anima” that premiered in the English National Ballet within the ballet evening “Synergy” (2006). In 2009, Thomas created a one-act ballet “Silent Monologues” for the London Festival at the St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. In 2012 came Thomas Edur’s first full-length ballet “Modigliani – the Cursed Artist” to the original score by Tauno Aints for the Estonian National Ballet. His respectfully re-choreographed versions of great classics started with “La Bayadère” (2013), “The Sleeping Beauty” (2014) and “Swan Lake” (2016).

Thomas Edur has received many awards and prizes: Young ballet artist prize of the Estonian Theatre Society (1990), Bronze medal and Best Couple Prize at the Jackson International Ballet Competition (1990), Evening Standard Outstanding Performance Award for Ballet (1994), Third Class Order of the White Star of Estonia (2001), Best male Dancer Award – Critics’ Circle (2002), Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance (2004) and nomination for the Prix Benois de la Danse (2004). He is the patron of the British Ballet Organisation since 2004. In 2010, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gave an order for Thomas Edur to be appointed as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. This is in recognition of his services to the arts in the UK and UK-Estonia cultural relations. In 2014, he was nominated for the Taglioni European Ballet Award as the Best Director. In 2011 and 2013 Thomas Edur was a member of the jury for the Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition and in 2015 he was a member of the jury for the TV-series “Bolshoi Ballet” aired across the world on the Russian culture TV channel Rossija – Kultura  and  was invited back to do another series in 2018. In 2017 Thomas was a member of jury at the prestigious “International Moscow Ballet Competition” held at the Bolshoi Theatre. During his directorship, the Estonian National Ballet has made pioneering tours to Hong Kong, Macao, San Francisco, Sevilla, Tampere, Helsinki, Mariinsky theatre, Bolshoi theatre and to Teatro La Frenice (2012 and 2015).

Thomas organised first choreographic workshops in the theatre, giving rise to talented young choreographers, who created works for a ballet evening to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Estonian Ballet in November 2018. The triple bill included “Echo” by Eve Mutso, a former principal dancer with the Scottish Ballet, “Thread” by Tiit Helimets, principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet and “Keep a Light in the Window” by Jevgeni Grib, soloist of the Estonian National Ballet.

“There is only one place in Britain to go to see a man dancing ballet as if it was not only an art but life itself, and that is wherever Thomas Edur is.”
Daily Telegraph

“In Thomas Edur, the Romeo, we see the finest classical dancer in the country.”
Financial Times

“Thomas Edur is among the world’s finest male dancers with impeccable style, a
Bravura technique, and an attractive unforced stage personality.”
London Evening Standard

“If you can catch Thomas Edur’s Prince Siegfried, you will see the finest and noblest interpreter of the role in Britain – and arguably the world. Words to be eaten? I think not!”
Financial Times

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