Douglas Lee was born in England and started his ballet training at the Arts Educational School London and then received a scholarship for the Royal Ballet School where he graduated in 1996, winning the Alicia Markova Award.
In the Fall of 1996, Douglas Lee joined the Stuttgart Ballet, was promoted to Demi-Soloist in the 2000/01 season and one year later to Soloist. His promotion to Principal Dancer followed in 2002. His repertoire has included the title roles in Onegin/Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Cranko), Apollo (Balanchine) and Edward II (Bintley). Other Principal roles include, Armand Duval in Lady of the Camellias (Neumieier) Albrecht in Giselle (Anderson/Savina) also other leading roles in ballets by Balanchine, Forsythe, Kylian, MacMillan, Robbins, Tetley and Van Manen.
Douglas Lee made his choreographic debut in February 1999 for the Stuttgart based Noverre Society's "Young Choreographers", upon which he was commissioned to create a new work for the Stuttgart Ballet. He was also invited twice to the New York Choreographic Institute to work with dancers of the New York City ballet. Lee's second and third work for the Stuttgart Ballet followed in 2001/2002 in the Playhouse.
With Aubade in 2003 and Lachrymal in 2004 Lee presented his first works for the Stuttgart Opera House. The Stuttgart Ballet presented Viewing Room and Dummy Run in 2007. Lee's Leviathan had its world Premiere in 2008 and his tenth work for the Stuttgart Ballet Nightlight premiered in March 2010.
Through his consistent collaboration with the Stuttgart dancers, Lee has developed a distinct choreographic voice which is characterised by stunning sculptural images created by the use of exquisite and complex partnering and a masterful use of the classical vocabulary. Highly aesthetic, each work is a carefully composed fusion of dance, light and space.
Following his successes in Stuttgart, Douglas Lee became a freelance choreographer and began choreographing internationally.
His creation Fanfare LX for the Stuttgart Ballet was taken into the repertoire of the Staatsballett Berlin. He created Fractured Wake and returned to create 5 for Silver for the Norwegian National Ballet, Rubicon Play for the Royal ballet of Flanders and Lifecasting for the New York City Ballet which was shortlisted in Time Out NY as one of the outstanding dance works of 2009 and taken into the Stuttgart Ballet repertoire.
He then created Miniatures for the Stuttgart Ballet and Souvenir for Perm Opera Ballet Theater which received 3 Golden Mask Award Nominations.
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Den Norske Opera & Ballett
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