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Rashaen Arts

A Dutchman born in Jamaica, Rashaen Arts completed his training at the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam. After one season each at Europa Danse in Paris and with the Ballet Chicago Studio Company, in 2011 he moved to Arnhem to join Introdans. There he danced in works choreographed by Nils Christe, Stijn Celis, Lucinda Childs, Thierry Malandain, Cayetano Soto as well as leading roles in Nacho Duato’s Cor perdut and Por Vos Muero as well as Twyla Tharp’s Junk Duet. Rashaen Arts has been a member of the Ballett am Rhein company since the 2013/14 season, where he has danced numerous leading roles in works choreographed by Martin Schläpfer, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Marco Goecke, Remus Şucheană, Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, Christopher Wheeldon and Hubert Essakow, Juanjo Arqués, Aszure Barton as well as the Paul Taylor Variation in George Balanchine’s Episodes, Melancholic in his The Four Temperaments, Drosselmeier in Demis Volpi’s The Nutcracker and  in John Neumeier's world premiere from time to time. In the 2022/23 season he joined the Vienna State Ballet as a demi-soloist where he made his debut as one of the four princes in the premiere of Martin Schläpfer's The Sleeping Beauty. Furthermore, he danced in Schläpfer's Lontano, Marsch, Walzer, Polka and The Seasons as well as in Heinz Spoerli’s Goldberg Variations, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote in Pierre Lacotteʼs Coppélia.