Lorena Feijoo (© David Allen)
Joined as a Principal Dancer in 1999.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Lorena Feijoo trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba. She began her career at Ballet Nacional de Cuba and danced with Ballet of Monterrey, Royal Ballet of Flanders, and The Joffrey Ballet prior to joining San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 1999.
Feijoo’s major roles include Giselle in Tomasson’s Giselle; Queen of the Snow, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina in Tomasson’s Nutcracker; Aurora in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty; Juliet in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet; Odette/Odile in Tomasson’s Swan Lake; Kitri in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Bianca in Lubovitch’s Othello; and Goddess Diana in Morris’ Sylvia. She created principal roles in Tomasson’s Blue Rose and On Common Ground; Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House; Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs, Fusion, Reflections, Study in Motion, and Talk to Her (hable con ella); Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux; Wheeldon’s Quaternary and Number Nine; and Zanella’s Underskin.
Her repertory includes Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Apollo, Ballo della Regina, Divertimento No. 15, “Emeralds,” Symphony in C, The Four Temperaments, “Rubies,” Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements, Tarantella, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Theme and Variations; Caniparoli’s Death of a Moth, No Other, and Lambarena; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite and in the middle, somewhat elevated; Lubovitch’s “… smile with my heart;” MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations and Winter Dreams; Makarova’s La Bayadère—Act II and Paquita; McGregor’s Chroma; Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet and Pacific; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III; Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, Fanfare, In the Night, and West Side Story Suite; Taylor’s Company B; Tomasson’s Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers, Confidencias, The Fifth Season, Quartette, Le Quattro Stagioni, Trio, Tuning Game, and Twilight; Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas; Welch’s Tu Tu; and Wheeldon’s After the Rain (pas de deux), Ghosts, Polyphonia, and Sea Pictures.
As a guest artist, Feijoo has performed extensively, most recently the pas de deux from Don Quixote at the Benois de la Danse gala at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in 2011; Garcia’s Majismo at the American Ballet Theatre gala honoring Jose Manuel Carreño in 2011; and in ACT’s The Tosca Project in San Francisco in 2010. She was nominated for the Benois de la Danse Award in June 2011 and received the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Ensemble Performance with Joan Boada for Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote in 2003.