Marianela Núñez (born in San Martín, Buenos Aires 1982) is an Argentine dancer, as of January 2007, the youngest principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, London. She is known for her "gold standard technique".
Núñez already has a large repertory and has created La Neige in Les Saisons a role in Acheron's Dream and a role in DGV. 2005 proved to be a great year for Marianela as she won high critical acclaim for her performance as Lise in La Fille Mal Gardée partnering Carlos Acosta. Her recent performances in Sylvia have also won high acclaim from some very discerning critics.
She has been credited with a refined sense of style, and of displaying a unique understanding of the choreographer Frederick Ashtons' style. Marianela Nuñez won The prestigious Richard Sherrington Award for Best Female Dancer 2005. In 2006 Marianela performed several times in the latest Royal Ballet production of Sleeping Beauty, both as the Lilac Fairy and as Aurora. Critics were impressed by the warmth of her Lilac Fairy. Her Aurora was said to be among the Royal Ballet's finest since 1946 with "the phrasing of an angel" In July 2006 at Sadlers Wells Theatre, London, in "Acosta and Friends", Marianela partnered Carlos Acosta in the demanding Diana and Acteon pas de deux. This, for many, was the highlight of the show. In January 2007 Marianela was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for her performances in The Royal Ballet’s Chroma and The Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House and in Carlos Acosta’s programme at Sadler’s Wells. In early 2007 Marianela once again took the lead in Swan Lake, of her performance one leading critic commented “every gesture sings, every step is luminous with emotion. The result is sublime“.
In July 2007 Marianela performed The Dying Swan at The Grand Opera House, York. She had been especially selected for this difficult piece by Margeurite Porter because of the simplicity and purity of her style.
Kitri - Don Quixote Swanilda - Swanilda Aurora and the Lilac Fairy - The Sleeping Beauty Sugar Plum Fairy - The Nutcracker Gamzatti and Nikiya - La Bayadere Olga - Onegin Sylvia - Sylvia Lise - La Fille Mal Gardee Odette/Odile - Swan Lake Juliet - Romeo and Juliet
Diana and Actaeon pas de deux, Le Corsaire pas de deux, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Winter Dreams pas de deux
Roles in Monotones I, Agon, Les Rendezvous, La Valse, Diamonds, Tzigane and works by Balanchine, Forsythe, Tetley, Page, Tudor, Kylián, Wheeldon and Tuckett.
She created roles in DGV: danse à grande vitesse and The Seven Deadly Sins.