Guest Dancer (Former RWB Principal Dancer)
“Gael Lambiotte’s Hook is darkly seductive in his gold-trimmed black lycra, whipsawing around in virtuosic fouettés en tournants.” - Georgia Straight, March 2009
“…he transforms himself into a dreamy-natured teen -- a lover, not a fighter -- whose heart you can almost see bursting from his chest.” -Winnipeg Free Press, 2009
“Brussels-born Gael Lambiotte, who recently joined the company from Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and was trained at the Royal Ballet of Flanders, was a sleek and dashing prince. He delivered thrilling leaps of great height, along with butter soft landings, all the while revealing a handsome line.” - Victoria Times Colonist, 2008
“…principal Gael Lambiotte imbued his Plegmatic solo with fluid grace and an unsettling placidity.” - Uptown Magazine, 2007
“The Belgium-born Lambiotte, who joined the RWB this past summer, brings a sense of graciousness and quiet strength to the stage, as a generous, supporting partner for Lawson.” - Winnipeg Free Press, 2007
Gael Lambiotte was born in Brussels, Belgium and started his dance education with Madame Laga and Piotr Nardelli. He completed his dance training at the School of the Royal Ballet of Flanders with Jan Nuyts and Tom van Cauwenberghe.
During his dance career, Lambiotte has danced with the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Bordeaux in France, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein in Düsseldorf and was a principal dancer with Boston Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Lambiotte’s classical repertoire includes ballets such as Swan Lake, Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Giselle, La Sylphide, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Onegin. Lambiotte’s credits also include various Balanchine ballets such as La Valse, Agon, Symphony in C, Four Temperaments, Duo Concertante, Diamonds, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Brahms-Schoenberg.
Lambiotte has had many opportunities to perform works by Kylián, Graham, Forsythe, Arpino, Mats Ek and Mark Morris. He had the joy and privilege to work closely with Rudi van Dantzig, Toer van Schayk, Christopher Bruce, and has had roles created for him by David Dawson,Ted Brandsen, Hans van Manen, Krzysztof Pastor and Wayne Eagling.
Lambiotte has been nominated for several prestigious dance awards. His nominations include: the Dutch television cultural award, the Nijinsky Award and three nominations for the Prix Benois de la Dance. In 1998 he also received the Alexandra Radius Award for best dancer of the year. Lambiotte has also appeared in many galas and danced with companies throughout Japan, Europe and America. He was a special guest artist with the Royal Ballet of London during their 2002 Australian tour.
Lambiotte joined the RWB as principal dancer in 2007. He made his first appearance with the Company in the world premiere of Maurico Wainrot’s Carmen, The Passion, dancing the role Escamillo. Lambiotte has also assumed the roles of Captain Hook in Peter Pan, the Nutcracker Prince in Nutcracker and Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, a performance which garnered critical acclaim both at home and on tour. With the RWB he has also performed soloist roles in Maurico Wainrot’s Carmina Burana, Quantz by Quanz, Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. He has also danced Romeo in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo & Juliet partnering Principal Dancer Vanessa Lawson.
This past season, Lambitotte created and danced the roll of Matthew in the box-office hit Moulin Rouge – The Ballet as well performing Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, dancing alongside fellow principal dancer Vanessa Lawson. He concluded the 2009/2010 season by dancing as Bob in Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story.
Along with the RWB troupe, he performed Itzik Galili’s Hikarizatto and Mark Godden’s As Above So Below before an international audience at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad.
Just recently Lambiotte has stepped-down as an RWB Company dancer, relocating to Europe with his family. He will, however, be returning to the RWB as a guest dancer for the 2010/2011 season.