Cover image of our 2010 production of 'The Mermaid of Zennor'

Duchy Ballets presents The Mermaid of Zennor

The Mermaid of Zennor is an age old myth set in the rugged scenery of the West Cornish coast. Within this hamlet lies a small church.

It is within this church that the myth of the Mermaid of Zennor(Morvoren) is celebrated in a medieval carving on the side of a pew

Mathew Trewhella was a very handsome young man who also has the voice of an angel. The whole village turned out every Sunday evening to hear him sing evensong in the church. Morvoren, in disguise left the safety of the sea to join the congregation just to listen to his voice. She always left before the end of the service and, although they never speak, the couple fall in love. Eventually meeting close to the stream that runs to the sea Matthew declares his love for her and returns with her to the sea.


& The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty offers some of the greatest challenges in the classical repertoire for both the principals, soloists and the corps de ballet. Aurora is among the most challenging of ballerina roles, demanding pure classical technique combined with unadorned simplicity

The sleeping beauty was the first successful ballet composed by Tchaikovsky, and the first ballet seen by the impressario and director of the Ballet Russes, Serge Diaghilev; it was also the ballet in which Rudolf Nureyev made his debut in the West.


Our Guest Artists for the 2010 Performance of The Mermaid of Zennor and Sleeping Beauty were:-

Elena Glurdjidze

Elena Glurdjidze

Princess Aurora - Elena Glurdjidze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia and trained at the Tbilisi Choreographic School, Vaganova St Petersburg and the Academy of Russian Ballet

After Graduation she joined the Russian Ballet Company and performed with the St Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre and the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre of Konstatin Tatchkin. She joined English National Ballet in 2002 and became Senior Principal in 2007.

Her career highlights include creating the Gypsy Girl in Michael Corder's The Snow Queen and Virginia in The Canterville Ghost, performing in Katie Melua's It's Only Painand appearing in the BBC's The Impressionists. Elenas awards include winning the 8th Paris International Competition of soloists (1998), the Best Partner award at the 7th Perm Open Competition (2002) and the 2007 and 2008 Ballet.co.uk Audience Poll for Best Female Dancer.

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Arionel Vargas

Arionel Vargas

Prince Florimund - Arionel Vargas was born in Cuba and trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet of Canada

He subsequently joined English National Ballet in 2004, and has since performed extensively as a principal dancer in many varied roles.

Arionel's favourite roles include dancing Albrecht in Giselle, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet and Des Grieux in Manonbut his career highlight to date was the opportunity to dance with Evelyn Hart and Carlos Acosta.

Arionel's many awards include winning a gold medal in the Brazil International Ballet Competition (1994), and a bronze medal in the New York International Ballet Competition (1996).

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Principal Dancers:-

Daisuke Miura

Daisuke Miura

From Tokyo - Japan. Now with the Welsh Ballet. After graduating in 2006, Daisuke worked for the Serbian National Ballet before joining Ballet Cymru in September 2008. He has danced a variety of roles including Puck in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and Owain in ‘Lady of the Lake’.

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Ben D'Eath

Ben D'Eath

Matthew Trewhella - Ben began dancing while studying at Poltair School encouraged by his friend Bryony Walker.

Rowena Barrett

Rowena Barrett

Carabosse, Mrs Trewhella - Rowena started her ballet training with Kay Jones at the Capitol School of Dance at the age of thirteen.

Robyn Green

Robyn Green

Lilac Fairy, Princess Florine - Robyn began her dance training at the age of three with Irene Luke and Mary Drake, she continued her studies with Maureen Pascoe, Kay Jones and Sianne Strasberg. She followed training at the Dance College of Cornwall with a period of professional dancing before returning to Cornwall to continue music theatre studies.

Naomi Solomon

Naomi Solomon

Princess Florine, Diamond - Naomi began dancing with Kay Jones at the age of three. She won the senior section of the South West Awards at the age of eleven and her first solo role with Duchy Ballet was in 2006 when she played Clara in 'The Nutcracker'. In 2008 she danced the Bluebird in 'The Snow Queen' and in 2009 she embraced the challenge of dancing Swanilda in 'Coppelia' one of the best demicaractère roles in classical ballet.

Bryony Walker

Bryony Walker

Morvoren, Lilac Fairy, Diamond - Bryony took her first dance steps with her sister at the Weston School of Dance in Essex at the age of three. She later joined the Capitol School of Dance in St Austell in 1998. She debuted as a little Black Cygnet in 'Swan Lake' (1999). Bryony graduated through many corps de ballet roles, including the Autumn Fairy in 'Cinderella', the Lead Gypsy Girl in 'The Snow Queen' a solo to Embraceable You in 'Stepping Out to Gershwin' and Swanilda in 'Coppelia' This year she is creating the role of Morvoren the Mermaid in The Mermaid of Zennor' and the roles of the Lilac Fairy and the Diamond Solo in 'The Sleeping Beauty'.

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