David Mead 

Daria Klimentová. Photo: English National Ballet

Daria Klimentová.
Photo: English National Ballet

Daria Klimentová, English National Ballet Lead Principal and for many years one of the most respected and accomplished dancers in Britain has announced she will retire after the company’s “Romeo and Juliet” in the round season at London’s Royal Albert Hall this June.

Now 42, Klimentová has danced professionally for 25 years and has been with English National Ballet since 1996. She has performed many lead roles to critical acclaim. There is an indication in her comments that she is interested in coaching, although she is also an accomplished photographer.

Klimentová’s farewell performance will be as Juliet on June 22, although she is also scheduled to dance the role on June 14 and 19. All three performances will be opposite Vadim Muntagirov, with whom she built a special relationship, and who will be returning for the season. Mutagirov, of course, departs for The Royal Ballet very shortly, and many felt Klimentová’s departure from the stage was a likely consequence of his move.

ENB Artistic Director Tamara Rojo said, “Daria brings her own special magic to everything she does. I wish Daria success and happiness in her future and I will miss her as a wonderful artist.”

Klimentová said, “It’s a very sad moment for me but at the same time very exciting. I have worked with some incredible people, who I will always remember. I have given my ballet life to English National Ballet, with all the ups and downs. I will especially miss dancing with Vadim, I was waiting for him for 20 years but it was worth it, as he took me to a different world. I am now ready to move on and help all the talented dancers, just like I’ve been helped through my long career.”