Aysem Sunal was born in Ankara in 1972. She studied ballet at the State Conservatory in Ankara. She made her professional debut with the Ankara State Ballet, where she danced as principal roles in “Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake”, “Les Sylphides” and “The Idiot”. Robert Denvers noticed her talent at the International Competition in Osaka, where she won a prize. He invited her to join the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium as a demi-soloist in 1992. In Belgium, her first role was that of Cupid in Nureyev′s “Don Quixote”. She was thereafter promoted to soloist and interpreted the title roles of Cinderella and Coppelia.
Her interpretation of these roles and personal success in “Giselle” was crowned with praise by the international press, resulting in her promotion to principal in 1995. Leading roles in Vivaldi, Fatum, Variations, in the creation of Bach in Four Voices and especially Christopher d′Amboise′s “The Golden Mean”, served to demonstrate her versatility and talent. Sunal participated in a competition in Luxemburg as a representative of Belgium, and received second prize. In 1998, she was awarded as one of the best five ballerinas in the world. In September 2001, she was one of the proud recipients of the Young CMBV Prize, a distinction awarded by the Belgian professional women′s organization, Markant. During the 2000-2001 seasons, her Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty” with The Royal Ballet of Flanders was praised by international reviewers and Sunal became the highlight of the production at the Grand Opera House of Belfast. In 2003, she was nominated a candidate to the “Oscar” Awards for dancers in Moscow, and received an honorary award.
Sunal is a regular guest in several other major ballet companies. In 1996, she and her Cuban partner Joan Boada had an exciting two-week season at the Mogador Theatre in Paris, dancing 19th century’s repertoire “pas de deux of the Petipa”. She is a frequent guest artist in France, Germany and Turkey. Sunal has served as a pri Madonna in the Belgium Ballet for the past thirteen years. She has also danced at the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet in the past two years. As of today, Sunal continues her works in Europe and Turkey.
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