Elisa Badenes

Principal Dancer / Kammertänzerin

Elisa Badenes

Principal Dancer / Kammertänzerin


Elisa Badenes was born in Valencia, Spain. She attended the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Valencia. At the Prix de Lausanne in 2008 she won a scholarship for the Royal Ballet School from which she graduated one year later. In the 2009/10 season Elisa Badenes joined the Stuttgart Ballet as an apprentice, in 2010/11 she was taken into the Corps de ballet. She was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2013/14.

Her repertory includes a wide range of leading and solo roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake (John Cranko), Giselle (after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in Onegin and Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (all John Cranko), Lise in La fille mal gardée (Frederick Ashton), Kitri in Don Quixote (Maximiliano Guerra after Petipa), Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty (Marcia Haydée), Desdemona in Othello and Stella in A Streetcar named Desire (both by John Neumeier) and Effi in La Sylphide (Peter Schaufuss after August Bournonville). In addition, she has danced solo roles in ballets by Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Kenneth MacMillan, Hans van Manen, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Jorma Elo and Edward Clug. Choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Wayne McGregor, Mauro Bigonzetti, Christian Spuck, Marco Goecke, Demis Volpi and Louis Stiens have created roles for her. In 2016 Demis Volpi created the title role in his Salome for her.

Elisa Badenes has received several honors and prizes including the Gold medal of the Youth American Grand Prix, the Audience Choice Award of the Erik Bruhn Competition in Toronto in 2011 and the German Dance Prize Future in 2015. In Dance Europe's Critics' Choice 2020 she was named in the category "Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer". In 2023 she was awarded “Dancer of the Year” by the “Dance Europe” magazine.

In December 2023 she was awarded the national title of "Kammertänzerin".
Elisa Badenes
Photo Roman Novitzky
Swan Lake
Ch: John Cranko
D: Elisa Badenes
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Swan Lake
Ch: John Cranko
D: Elisa Badenes
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Lulu. A Monstre Tragedy
Ch: Christian Spuck
D: Elisa Badenes, Matteo Crockard-Villa
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Dances at a Gathering
Ch: Jerome Robbins
D: Elisa Badenes, Friedemann Vogel
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Almost Blue
Ch: Marco Goecke
D: Elisa Badenes, Matteo Crockard-Villa
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La fille mal gardée
Ch: Frederick Ashton
D: Elisa Badenes
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Don Quijote
Ch: Maximiliano Guerra
D: Elisa Badenes, Ensemble
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Initials R.B.M.E.
Ch: John Cranko
D: Elisa Badenes, Jason Reilly
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Ch: Demis Volpi
D: Elisa Badenes, David Moore
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Romeo and Juliet
Ch: John Cranko
D: Elisa Badenes
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Swan Lake
Chr: John Cranko
Dancers: Elisa Badenes, Henrik Erikson
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Leading Roles and Solo Roles with the Stuttgart Ballet
  • A Streetcar named Desire (John Neumeier): Stella
  • Adagio Hammerklavier (Hans van Manen)
  • Aftermath (Demis Volpi): Solo role
  • Blake Works I (William Forsythe)
  • Bliss (Johan Inger)
  • Brouillards (John Cranko): Voiles
  • Concerto for Flute and Harp (John Cranko)
  • Dances at a Gathering (Jerome Robbins): Roles in Apricot and in Pink
  • Das Fräulein von S. (Christian Spuck): Emerald
  • Diana und Aktäon-Pas de deux (Agrippina Waganova)
  • Don Quijote (Maximiliano Guerra): Kitri, Eva, Cupid
  • Faun (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui)
  • Forgotten Land (Jiri Kylián): Couple in red
  • Gaîté Parisienne (Maurice Béjart)
  • Giselle (Inszenierung: Reid Anderson, Valentina Savina): Peasant-Pas de deux
  • Grand Pas Classique (Victor Gsovsky)
  • Holberg Pas de deux (John Cranko)
  • Hommage à Bolshoi (John Cranko)
  • Initials R.B.M.E. (John Cranko): B., M., Solo roles in the 1st and 4th movement
  • Kammerballett (Hans van Manen)
  • Kingdom of Shades, from: La Bayadère (Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa): Nikija
  • Krabat (Demis Volpi): Pumphutt
  • L’Estro Armonico (John Cranko)
  • La fille mal gardée (Frederick Ashton): Lise
  • La Sylphide (Peter Schaufuss after August Bournonville): Effie, Pas de huit
  • Le Grand Pas de deux (Christian Spuck)
  • Leonce und Lena (Christian Spuck): Lena
  • Lulu. A Monstre Tragedy (Christian Spuck): Lulu
  • Mayerling (Kenneth MacMillan): Baroness Mary Vetsera
  • Miniatures (Douglas Lee)
  • Nachtmerrie (Marco Goecke)
  • Nightlight (Douglas Lee)
  • On Velvet (Marco Goecke)
  • One of a Kind (Jiří Kylián)
  • Onegin (John Cranko): Tatjana, Olga
  • Othello (John Neumeier): Desdemona
  • Out of Breath (Johan Inger)
  • Part of: Spuren (John Cranko): The woman
  • Pas de deux: La Bayadère (Marius Petipa)
  • Petite Mort (Jiří Kylián)
  • Requiem (Kenneth MacMillan): female leading role
  • Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko): Juliet, Gipsy
  • Seventh Symphony (Uwe Scholz): female leading role
  • Slice to Sharp (Jorma Elo)
  • Spring Waters (Asaf Messerer)
  • Ssss… (Edward Clug)
  • Swan Lake (John Cranko): Odette/ Odile, little swan, Pas de six
  • Symph (Katarzyna Kozielska)
  • Symphony in C (George Balanchine): leading role 2nd and 4th movement
  • The Dying Swan (after Michel Fokine)
  • The Four Temperaments (George Balanchine): Second Theme, Sanguinic
  • The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier): Marguerite Gautier
  • the second detail (William Forsythe)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Marcia Haydée): Aurora, Eloquence Fairy, Blue Bird’s Princess
  • The Song of the Earth (Kenneth MacMillan): solo role
  • The Taming of the Shrew (John Cranko): Katharina, Bianca
  • Tchaikovsky Pas de deux (George Balanchine)
  • Urlicht (William Forsythe)
  • Variations for two couples (Hans van Manen)
  • workwithinwork (William Forsythe)

Specially created Roles
  • A. Memory (Katarzyna Kozielska): Solo role
  • Almost Blue (Marco Goecke)
  • Aurora's Nap (Johan Inger): Aurora
  • Big Blur (Demis Volpi): Solorolle
  • Black Breath (Marco Goecke)
  • Calma Apparente (Fabio Adorisio)
  • Cassiopeia's Garden (Christian Spuck)
  • Das Fräulein von S. (Christian Spuck)
  • Dark Glow (Katarzyna Kozielska)
  • Einssein (Mauro Bigonzetti)
  • Empty Hands (Fabio Adorisio)
  • Firebird (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui)
  • Il Concertone (Mauro Bigonzetti)
  • Krabat (Demis Volpi): The Kantorka
  • Leisure (Fabio Adorisio)
  • Limelight (Katarzyna Kozielska)
  • Little Monsters (Demis Volpi)
  • Mehlberg (Shaked Heller)
  • Messenger (Louis Stiens): Solo role
  • Naiad (Douglas Lee)
  • Neurons (Katarzyna Kozielska)
  • PS (Katarzyna Kozielska)
  • Qi (Louis Stiens)
  • Salome (Demis Volpi): Salome
  • Skinny (Louis Stiens): Solo Role
  • The Nutcracker (Edward Clug): Clara
  • Yantra (Wayne McGregor)

Specially created Roles at Noverre-Society: Young Choreographers
  • #fivewithfive Just a few moons away (Anne Jung)
  • Agoloy (Shaked Heller)
  • Blender (Katarzyna Kozielska)
  • Demon Days (Fraser Roach)
  • Hiraeth (Wubkje Kuindersma)
  • Jesus Home (Louis Stiens)
  • One (Damiano Pettenella)
  • Rolo (Miles Pertl)
  • Second Self(ie) (Jesse Fraser)

Corps de ballet Roles with the Stuttgart Ballet
  • das siebte blau (Christian Spuck)
  • Gaité Parisienne (Maurice Béjart)
  • Giselle (Inszenierung: Reid Anderson, Valentina Savina)
  • Initials R.B.M.E. (John Cranko)
  • La Sylphide (Peter Schaufuss after August Bournonville)
  • Onegin (John Cranko)
  • Opus 1 (John Cranko)
  • RED in 3. (Jorma Elo)
  • Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko)
  • Siebte Sinfonie (Uwe Scholz)
  • The Lady and the Fool (John Cranko): husband hunter a.o.
  • The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier)
  • The Song of the Earth (Kenneth MacMillan)
  • Yantra (Wayne McGregor)