Kish to retire from Royal Ballet

Published: 15 June 2019
Reporter: Vera Liber

Aeternum: Nehemiah Kish and Marianela Nunez Credit: Johan Persson
Nehemiah Kish in Manon Credit: Johan Persson
Yasmine Naghdi and Nehemiah Kish in Swan Lake Credit: Bill Cooper
Nehemiah Kish and Marianela Nunez in Prince of the Pagodas Credit: Johan Persson

Principal dancer Nehemiah Kish will retire from The Royal Ballet at the end of the 2018/19 season after nine years with the company to begin postgraduate study in the arts and cultural policy at Goldsmiths, University of London.

He will give his last performance at the Royal Opera House on 14 June in The Firebird, will perform on The Royal Ballet’s tour to Japan in Yokohama in Kenneth MacMillan’s Winter Dreams on 30 June and give his final performance with the company in Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling at the Music Center in Los Angeles on 6 July. He will be embarking on a course of postgraduate study in the arts and cultural policy in the autumn at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Born in Michigan, Kish trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and joined the National Ballet of Canada in 2001, where he was promoted to principal in 2005. In 2008, he became a principal of the Royal Danish Ballet, before joining The Royal Ballet as Principal in 2010.

Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’ Hare said, “Nehemiah has been a wonderful member of the Company and Principal dancer for the past nine years. His elegant presence has been shown to great effect in the danseur noble roles such as Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. He has brought a keen intelligence to bear on many ballets, notably in the MacMillan repertory including Prince of the Pagodas, Manon and Romeo and Juliet.

"More recently, he has memorably taken on many different characters, including an outstandingly poignant account of the Creature in Frankenstein, the husband in The Concert, Kulygin in Winter Dreams and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. He has been a gracious and thoughtful partner and a great role model. I know that he’ll be much missed by the Company and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish him all the best for his exciting next steps. I am delighted that he will be staying in the arts world.”