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Frederic Jahn
“Giselle” 2012

Frederic Jahn was discovered at his father’s dance school in New Zealand. Quickly moving to Australia he started his dance career at the Queensland Ballet and the Australian Ballet.

 This is where he met Rudolf Nureyev, who would come to play a pivotal role in Jahn’s dance career. It was Nureyev’s advice that pushed Jahn to travelled to Europe in 1973 where he first joined the national theatre in Munich and later the Dutch National Ballet. 

Most of Jahn’s professional career was spent in England. It is here that he joined the Scottish Ballet and spent nearly 10 years at the English National Ballet. It is also where he met his wife Patricia Ruanne. 
Jahn created the role of Tybalt in the world premiere of Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet at the Coliseum Theatre, London in June 1977. He is now currently responsible for the entire production worldwide. His works include regulating and rehearsing classical and contemporary ballets with all levels of dancers. He offers personal coaching and preparation of dancers for roles of great difficulty, for both debutants and established principals. This he does to ease technical stress, assist their comprehension of the dramatic and musical requirements of the role, and to facilitate the collaboration between male and female artistes in their partnering skills.

Along with the custodianship of Nureyev’s work Jahn worked as ballet master at the Florence Ballet, Paris Opera House and La Scala. He also travels the world to work with various companies such as Metamorphosis.
In 2012 Jahn and Patricia Ruanne worked with Metamorphosis Dance Company to create and premiere a local version of the classic ballet, Giselle. Pulling from island folklore and history he created a contemporary Caribbean ballet based on the musical score of Giselle and accompanied by a live steel orchestra.  

Jahn returns once again to work with the company for 2019/2020 25th anniversary season to create a new all female cast body of work.

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Andrew came to Trinidad in 2020 as a full-bright scholar and mounted a piece called Gatekeeper and will be premiered later in the year.