New Resident Choreographer

Ballet Cymru is delighted to announce the appointment of MARCUS JARRELL WILLIS as Resident Choreographer.

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Marcus has been working with the company for over two years creating work on the Pre-Professional Programme and for the company’s International Ballet Summer School. In 2020, during lockdown, he choreographed his first piece on the main company, Isolated Pulses using masks and social distancing. In 2021 he followed that with another piece Isolated Pulses Undone which again reflected where the company was in terms of getting back into the studio and working together again. Both these exceptional works can be viewed on the company’s new website which will be launched in July.


Artistic Director Darius James OBE commented “We are very excited to welcome Marcus into the Ballet Cymru family and to work with him more regularly across all our education and professional work. It’s the latest piece in the jigsaw that will see Ballet Cymru return stronger and with new fresh artistic impetuous after the difficult last year and a half.”




Marcus has worked professionally with RIOULT, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Tania Pérez- Salas Compañía de Danza and Ailey II. He performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2008-2016.


Commissions, residencies and film creations include works for Ailey II, TU Dance, NY Choreographic Institute, with dancers of New York City Ballet, Ballet Cymru, The Juilliard School, Purchase Conservatory of Dance, The Ailey School, University of Minnesota, Lucia Marthas Institute for the Performing Arts, Rubicon Dance and COCA, among others. His creation, Sensible Existence, gained him recognition as Best Choreographer in City Pages 2018 Best of the Twin Cities. Most recently, he was the 2018/19 Leverhulme Choreography Fellow at Rambert Dance in London. Willis is the Founder of MJ Willis Project-Inc, an independent dance performance collaborative, which is currently in process for its third self produced creation, The Sanctuary.

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