Biography

Biography / Education
JACINTA WALSH

Jacinta accepted her first professional engagement with Basel Ballet in Basel Switzerland. She performed in numerous ballets including: Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Les Noces, La fille mal gardeé, Settings, and Fondue all choreographed by the director Heinz Spoerli. Ballets by other choreographers were: Who Cares? by George Balanchine, Esplanade by Paul Taylor (demi soloist) and La Tour by Maurice Béjart. Upon Youri Vámos’s appointment as director of Basel Ballet; Jacinta was offered to continue her engagement with the theatre. During this time she danced in numerous ballets by Vámos i.e. Spartacus, Coppélia, The Wooden Prince, The Wonderful Mandarin, Carmina Burana, Lucidor and the Zar’s last daughter. Ballets by other choreographers were: Divining by Judith Jamison and Carmen by Mats Ek.

Later Jacinta moved on to Berlin Germany to dance with the largest of the three opera houses in Berlin, “Deutsche Oper Berlin” under the artistic direction of Ray Barra. There she performed in soloist roles such as Duende by Nacho Duato, Paquita by Petipa, Undine by John Neumeier and Voluntaries by Glen Tetley. Under the direction of Richard Cragun, she performed as a soloist in Maurice Béjart’s Ring um den Ring, Juan Carlos Garcia’s Remember Me and Rodrigo Pederneiras’ Alluvium, in which she was boasted by a critic, “The dancers obviously enjoy performing the piece…and Jacinta Walsh notably ´go for it´…” (Dance Europe)

Jacinta was then offered the principal role for Katharina Thalbach’s opera production of Janacek’s “The Cunning little Fox” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She also was a guest principal with Gregor Seyffert & Company for their European Tour.

Professor Kammersängerin Dr. h. c. Brigitte Fassbaender & Jochen Ulrich invited Jacinta to perform for the Tiroler Landestheater where she performed as a principal dancer in his ballets: Romeo & Julia, Réverénce and Ich Tanze mit Dir in der Himmel hinein. Mr.Ulrich created several roles for Jacinta and she received very enthusiastic reviews, one being “The real highlight of the evening: The young dancer Jacinta Walsh…Absolute highlight: Jacinta Walsh. The enchanting dancer is impressive through strong stage presence, with her radiant charisma” (Moni Brüggeller. Kronen Zeitung) and “…full of charm and humor the Hermes from Jacinta Walsh” (Ursula Strohal, Tiroler Tageszeitung). In addition Jacinta was the personal representative and assistant to Mr. Ulrich.

Jacinta was also a guest dancer in productions with Erfurt Theater, at the opening of its new state theatre and its collaboration in Monte Carlo at the Monte Carlo Forum. She also took part in the Bregenz Festival in the production of West Side Story, directed by Francesca Zambello and choreographed by Richard Wherlock.

As a personal representative, assistant and choreographer to CEOs and directors of dance, opera and film i.e. Jochen Ulrich, Katharina Thalbach, Dr Dieter Wedel, Nigel Lowery, Amir Hosseinpour, Jacinta has been successfully acknowledged for her work. In assisting Nigel Lowery and Amir Hosseinpour for their production of Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri; a critic wrote, “The best in this evening are the ballet sequences. … ballet sequences danced by eight excellent dancers”. (Julia Spinola, Frankfurter Allgemeine). Since then she is fully responsible for the production’s dance sequences in repeat performances. She also performed as a dancer in the said production.

Jacinta was employed as a choreographer for the prestigious European festival “Nibelungen Festspiele”, directed by Dr. Dieter Wedel one of Germany’s Star Film Director’s.

For her Graduate Diploma in Arts & Cultural Management (University of South Australia, UniSA), she wrote her management report on The Australian Ballet and received distinction.

She studied the classical ballet techniques of Vaganova, Royal Danish, Paris Opera and the Boris Kniaseff system under the instruction of Dr Lucette Aldous, and is a guest ballet teacher for professional ballet schools.

Recently Jacinta completed her Masters, Arts and Cultural Management (University of South Australia). As part of her program she also undertook an intern-ship with Opera Australia.

Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia invited Jacinta to become a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
Golden Key International Honour Society is an exclusive honours society for students in the top 15% of their respective fields.

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