MAINA GIELGUD A.0.
Trained by the great Russians including Tamara Karsavina and Lubov Egorova, and later Rosella Hightower, Maina Gielgud has had an incredibly diverse career creating works with Maurice Bejart’s XXth Century Ballet, dancing as a principal with London Festival Ballet and Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, as an international guest artist, and being partnered by Rudolf Nureyev. She then directed The Australian Ballet (1983-1997) and the Royal Danish Ballet (1997-1999).
Free-lancing since 1999, she stages her own classical productions, such as her highly acclaimed The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle for The Australian Ballet (staged also for Boston Ballet, Ballet du Rhin, and Houston Ballet), various works choreographed by Maurice Bejart, including Serait-ce la Mort, Bhakti, Webern opus 5, and Songs of a Wayfarer; by Kenneth MacMillan: Manon; Serge Lifar: Suite en Blanc; Rudolf Nureyev's productions of Don Quixotte and Swan Lake, and classical favourites such as Les Sylphides, Spectre de la Rose, Paquita.
Maina made a comeback in 2003 as a dancer and actress in Bejart's L’Heure Exquise.
In the last couple of years, her schedule included staging Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, a production of the Bournonville La Sylphide with new sets and costumes, for the Hungarian National Ballet, and staging Nureyev's Don Quixotte for La Scala Milan. She travelled to Australia to work with all three classically based companies, then restaging her production of Giselle in Melbourne and Sydney.
During the 2015/16 season, she created a new production of Coppelia for the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet performances, was a guest teacher with Tokyo Ballet in Japan, and staged Manon once again for the Hungarian National Ballet. She was on the Jury of the Helsinki Competition, Finland, then during the summer, gave Masterclasses at the National Ballet School, Toronto, in New York with Ellison Ballet, Ballet Academy East, and ABT Summer intensive.
This season is equally busy, guest teaching with the Royal Ballet, mime and stagecraft classes for the Royal Ballet School, staging Anton Dolin's Variations for 4 for Ellison Ballet and La Scala school in Milan, working on Kenneth Greve's production of Swan Lake with the Finnish National Ballet, as well as returning to Budapest for Manon, and in her position of Artistic Advisor for the Hungarian National Ballet.