Remi Wörtmeyer | Principal Dancer & Choreographer
Remi is eerste soloist (principal dancer) with Dutch National Ballet. He has danced many of ballet’s most recognisable roles including Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon, the poet in Les Sylphides, the princes in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, Basilio in Don Quixote, Romeo and the title role in Petrouchka.
His turn as Aminta in John Neumeier’s Sylvia was a revelation for critics and audiences alike and resulted in him achieving 15th position in Dance Europe’s critical list of the World’s Top 100 Dancers. He was awarded the Alexandra Radius Prize, the top decoration for classical dance in the Netherlands. He proved himself one of the most passionate and sensitive conveyors of narrative dance playing Armand in another Neumeier icon, La Dame aux Camélias.
Christopher Wheeldon, David Dawson, Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Lightfoot-Léon, Krzysztof Pastor, Benjamin Millepied, Juanjo Arqués, Steven Baynes, Graeme Murphy and Nicolo Fonte have all created new roles for Remi to dance in their ballets.
Remi began dancing in Adelaide at the age of three. He trained at Terry Simpson Studios and graduated from the Australian Ballet School as dux in 2001. For eight years he was a member of the Australian Ballet with whom he danced full-length principal roles at the Sydney Opera House and other famous stages around the world such as the historic Théâtre du Châtelet.
He performed at the Metropolitan Opera House and toured the USA as guest dancer with American Ballet Theater. He also spent time at New York City Ballet preparing his performance (“ten minutes of perfection”) of the Jerome Robbins and Mikhail Baryshnikov solo A Suite Of Dances.
Remi made his Russian debut in 2012 at St Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theatre as part of an all-star gala celebrating the choreography of John Neumeier. The following year he was invited to perform as part of the Noureev & Friends gala in Paris. He returned to St Petersburg in 2014 for the prestigious Dance Open Festival where his self-choreographed solo Joel was awarded the People’s Choice audience prize. He has been invited to return to the festival every year since.
Remi has also choreographed Fade Not (libretto by Malcolm Rock and score by Lisa Cheney) which premiered at Sydney Theatre. Critics called it “the sweetest swoon, enchanting” and compared its partnering with that of Kenneth MacMillan. He created two works for Melbourne Ballet Company: Fantaisie Impromptu danced to Chopin, and the “brilliant” Tadzio based on Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice.
Remi’s ballet Magdalene, or, In Defence of Beauty (also with Rock and composer Chloè Charody) was commissioned by Dutch National Ballet and performed at the Muziektheater Amsterdam (one of Europe’s largest ballet stages). La Source and Penumbra – two other main-stage works he made for the company – have toured throughout the Netherlands and internationally.
His first evening-length work as resident choreographer for ODD Continent premiered at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam on 18 September 2014. The production Homebody was an ambitious combination of ballet, opera and theatre starring the multi-award-winning film actress Monic Hendrickx and new music by Colin Benders (aka Kyteman). His follow-up for ODD Continent was last year’s Morning Blossoms, “a brave new musical” performed by a company of 30 singers and dancers, and accompanied by the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.
Remi has won decorations internationally including a silver medal at the Eighth Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in Japan. He was awarded the inaugural Walter Burke Award and a Diana Ramsay Scholarship. He was nominated for the trifecta of major Australian performance awards: the Australian Dance Award, Green Room Award and Sir Robert Helpmann Award.