MAINA GIELGUD A.0.
Trained by the great Russians including Tamara Karsavina and Lubov Egorova, and later Rosella Hightower, Maina Gielgud has had an incredibly diverse career creating works with Maurice Bejart’s XXth Century Ballet, dancing as a principal with London Festival Ballet and Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, as an international guest artist, and being partnered by Rudolf Nureyev. She then directed The Australian Ballet (1983-1997) and the Royal Danish Ballet (1997-1999).
Free-lancing since 1999, she stages her own classical productions, such as her highly acclaimed The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle for The Australian Ballet (staged also for Boston Ballet, Ballet du Rhin, and Houston Ballet), various works choreographed by Maurice Bejart, including Serait-ce la Mort, Bhakti, Webern opus 5, and Songs of a Wayfarer; by Kenneth MacMillan: Manon; Serge Lifar: Suite en Blanc; Rudolf Nureyev's productions of Don Quixotte and Swan Lake, and classical favourites such as Les Sylphides, Spectre de la Rose, Paquita.
Maina made a comeback in 2003 as a dancer and actress in Bejart's L’Heure Exquise.
In the last few years, her schedule included staging Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, a production of the Bournonville La Sylphide with new sets and costumes, for the Hungarian National Ballet, and staging Nureyev's Don Quixotte for La Scala Milan.
During the 2015/16 season, she created a new production of Coppelia for the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet performances, was a guest teacher with Tokyo Ballet in Japan, and staged Manon once again for the Hungarian National Ballet. She was on the Jury of the Helsinki Competition, Finland, then during the summer, gave Masterclasses at the National Ballet School, Toronto, in New York with Ellison Ballet, Ballet Academy East, and ABT Summer intensive.
In 2016/17 she was equally busy, guest teaching with the Royal Ballet, mime and stagecraft classes for the Royal Ballet School, staging Anton Dolin's Variations for 4 for Ellison Ballet and La Scala school in Milan, working on Kenneth Greve's production of Swan Lake with the Finnish National Ballet, as well as returning to Budapest for Manon, while continuing in her position of Artistic Advisor for the Hungarian National Ballet.
2017/2018 was an exceptionally full season, as besides regular guest teaching for Queensland Ballet and her various annual Summer Intensives with ABT and Ellison Ballet, she staged Anton Dolin's Pas de Quatre for the New National Ballet in Tokyo Japan,; she taught and rehearsed Serge Lifar's Suite en Blanc in St Petersburg, which was then staged by Attilio Labis for the Vaganova 280th anniversary graduation performances; she choreographed an entirely new full length Cinderella to the Prokofiev score for Goh Ballet's 40th anniversary performance in Vancouver, with guest artists Venus Villa and Rolando Sarabia . She also choreographed two short works for Ellison Ballet's Winter Showcase to Benjamin Britten's Sea Interludes, one of which was performed for YAGP in New York.
The "Anton Dolin Foundation", newly formed in Berlin by Jelko Yuresha, Michael Scheinin and Mikhail Kaniskin has appointed Artistic Advisor and Authorised Repetiteur.
"Coaching the Coaches' an experimental interactive workshop she introduced in London in August 2017, is a new initiative: dedicated to discussion and examples of ideas and methods of coaching students for ballet competitions as well as professional dancers for their solo and principal repertoire. Discussion is presently occurring for a video presentation of this enterprise as well as introduction into various summer intensives.
The 2018/19 season has started with restaging her much loved production of Giselle for The Australian Ballet, with David Hallberg as guest artist. Other engagements besides regular commitments, include staging of The Sleeping Beauty for Joburg Ballet, and a restaging of Maurice Bejart's Song of a Wayfarer for National Ballet of Canada Galas. She will also be in New York for a couple of months, choreographing new works and or classical stagings for Ellison Ballet and Ballet Academy East Spring Showcases.